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Foundations of the American CenturyThe Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power$
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Inderjeet Parmar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231146296

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231146296.001.0001

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The Ford Foundation in Indonesia and the Asian Studies Network

The Ford Foundation in Indonesia and the Asian Studies Network

(p.124) 5 The Ford Foundation in Indonesia and the Asian Studies Network
Foundations of the American Century

Inderjeet Parmar

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the philanthropic intervention of the Ford Foundation in postcolonial Indonesia. The Ford Foundation philanthropy had primarily involved the University of California–Berkeley, the Economics Faculty at the University of Indonesia, and the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project. The foundation has, therefore, established a tightly knit academic network oriented toward the production of scholars dedicated to policy-related work in Indonesian political and economic development. From 1951 to 1966, Ford's International Training and Research division expended more than two hundred million U.S. dollars on area studies, language development, the strengthening of professional fields, and the administration of foreign academics—all to promote a better understanding of “Western ideals” in Asia, which could only occur through studies of the “Asian mind.”

Keywords:   Ford Foundation, postcolonial Indonesia, University of California, University of Indonesia, Cornell Modern Indonesia Project, International Training and Research division, Western ideals, Asia, Asian mind

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