I’m Sam, a Fulbright graduate student researcher living in East Java. Welcome to in them beat feverishly the heart of life, where I update regularly about my life in Indonesia, a country I’ve lived in for nearly three years, all told. It’s a crazy and confusing place, and I flatter myself in thinking I’m an eccentric and thoughtful enough person to write about it.
My current research focuses on traditional Javanese women healers and the intersections of traditional Javanese spiritual and mystical practices, and I’m particularly interested in informal learning processes, adult identity transformation, and women’s experiences of “becoming.”
I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer TEFL teacher in East Java from 2010-2012 as a member of the first cohort of PCVs in to work in Indonesia since the mid-1960s. I hope to share as much as I can about Indonesia with you, both here in words and through Instagram (@tisamlette) in pictures.
Please leave questions, comments, criticisms, and feedback; the purpose of this blog is to help readers learn about Indonesia and keep updated about my adventures, but it’s also an outlet for me to share ideas, practice writing, and try to keep growing. I appreciate your visit and hope you continue to check in with me.
(I also blog at Graduate Knits, where my friend Lisa and I explore the art and insanity of knitting!)