Dance Wars

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — It’s on again. Malaysia and Indonesia are squaring-off over another cultural dispute amid violent protests outside the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta, where eggs were thrown, flags burned and the use of a drum beat challenged.

Two men were arrested and a flurry of communiqués exchanged between the two countries with Malaysia claiming the Tor-tor folk dance and the Gordang Sambilan beat as part of its heritage, a move unwelcomed by Indonesians from northern Sumatra where both dance and beat originate.

Read more in The Diplomat.

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