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 Language from Beginning to Advanced levels is currently
offered under the auspices of the Council
on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale.
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.