Research and other investigations by Matthew Niederhauser out of Beijing, China.

Indonesian Dispatches: Jakarta BMX

BMX riders congregate in Kota, Jakarta's old colonial central square, to participate in a makeshift trick competition

My first day in Jakarta (and Indonesia for that matter), I decided to hit up the typical tourist spots like the National Monument and the old city district known as Kota. Expecting a melody of crumbling colonial architecture and dusty museums, I was pleasantly surprised to wander upon a BMX trick competition being held in the central square. In many ways this discovery typified the rest of my trip across Java. In every city Indonesian youths were organizing events and competitions to support their often-offbeat creative and sporting outlets. Although Indonesia is often stereotyped as a restrained and conservative place, the largest Muslim nation is actually brimming in energy as youths seek out alternative lifestyles.

BMX riders congregate in Kota, Jakarta's old colonial central square, to participate in a makeshift trick competitionBMX riders congregate in Kota, Jakarta's old colonial central square, to participate in a makeshift trick competitionBMX riders congregate in Kota, Jakarta's old colonial central square, to participate in a makeshift trick competition

BMX riders congregate in Kota, Jakarta's old colonial central square, to participate in a makeshift trick competition

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  1. ak nando dari pku aku ingin msuk group ini sekalian cari bmx

    May 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

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