as foreign language is taught at least in 29 countries worldwide.
However, it was not until WW II that the U.S. took interest in Malay
language, from which Indonesian was later developed. Julia Read,
Deakin University in her
article written for Wacana reported that Professor Isidore
Dyen of Yale University pioneered the teaching of Malay language
in 1948. Presently, more than 13 universities within consortium
on teaching Indonesian and Malay, COTIM and other institutions offer
instruction in Indonesian.
Yale, instruction in Indonesian Language from Beginning to Advanced
levels is currently offered under the auspices of the Council
on Southeast Asia Studies. The Council also sponsors the Yale
Indonesian Forum (YIF), an interdisciplinary group of students
and faculty with a common interest in Indonesia and Indonesian affairs.
The YIF organizes talks, workshops and conferences throughout the
year, and is open to all members of the Yale community.
Ibu Tobing (Mrs.Tobing), the first Indonesian instructor at Yale,
taught for several years during the mid 1950s.
The photograph was taken during her visit to the Southeast Asia Studies
students alumni conference on March 1-3, 2002.
Ibu Tobing and her husband, a Yale alumnus, have been working with
Library of Congress in Washington D.C. for many years.