When Monsoon Asia met Melanesia (and Dutch Hollandia became Asian Jayapura), 2013

In just 10 years, from 1963 to 1973, the sleepy Dutch/Melanesian town of Hollandia became a busy Asian town called Jayapura. Almost overnight a thriving informal economy emerged, where none had existed before. Melanesians were largely frozen out of this economy, and remain predominantly village-based. To understand how this happened you have to go back at least 500 years ….

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