Migration and Family Relationship : The Case of Indonesian Gay in Paris

A Humanities, Social Science & Health project

State and national identity are formed on the basis of mutual unification of thoughts and ideas

through the process of representation and social imagination. Through these two processes,

people determine what is good and not good, including the issue of homosexuality. There is a

“sexual script” in which sexuality is produced, shared, and enforced as a social norm and

made a blueprint for correct behaviour. Many Indonesians consider homosexuality abnormal

and against religion. Homosexuals in Indonesia have little or no power and limited legal

access to fight for their rights. In the end, in order to survive, they are forced to hide their

sexual orientation, or in extreme cases, they move to other countries. As long as these push

factors do not change, migration will become the “natural way” for them to avoid being

mistreated. Because the Indonesian state has been unwilling or unable to ensure and protect

the basic human rights of its citizens, I consider the migration of Indonesian gays to be a state

failure. Drawing on face-to-face interviews with Indonesian gays who live in Paris, this paper

examines why they decided to migrate to there.. It also looks into whether they maintain

relationships with their family back in Indonesia and the main features of such relationships.

Using qualitative methodology, this paper will introduce some of their narratives.

Wisnu Adihartono

Academic Institution: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Course: PhD Sociology, 2010-2015
Nationality: Indonesian
User Profile:Wisnu Adihartono

What is your motivation for doing a PhD?

I would like develop my future career as a researcher and teaching in universities. In the same times, it's my parents dream to see their son obtain the PhD degree as well as my dream.

Why did you choose your research topic/title

Your achievments

- Working Paper publication published by City University of Hong Kong - Academic article publication published by International Journal of Indonesian Studies, Monash University (will published this November 2014) - Short-Term Visitng Researcher in City University of Hong Kong - Scholarships from French Government and Indonesian Government to study PhD

What difference will this research make in your life and the lives of others?

I have so many LGBT friends in Indonesia and I feel that their lives is always discriminated by the society. They, as the second citizen, can't express themselves as human being. Thus with my research, I will help them and also I will give a lesson to Indonesian society thay LGBT exist in our live. We can't hate them is because they are LGBT. They can also contribute their idea for the country.

PhD research proposal

Research.pdf

Migration and Family Relationship : The Case of Indonesian Gay in Paris

A Humanities, Social Science & Health project

Project Update #1: Migration and Family Relationship : The Case of Indonesian Gay in Paris

I need finance to complete my PhD. My research is about the migration and the family relationship of Indonesian gays in Paris. It’s about Indonesian LGBT who cannot express themself as a LGBT. I have a task to give an awareness of Indonesian society that LGBT  exist and they also entitled to be protected by the government. Indonesian LGBT also has some rights to contribute their ideas to their country and the government and society should not assume that they are useless.

My scholarship finished in 2013 and I have to finance myself. Currently, I am lack of finance whereas I have to complete my PhD in 2015. I Please help me to finance my project.

Thank you very much for your kind attention.

WISNU ADIHARTONO

Project Update #2: Migration and Family Relationship : The Case of Indonesian Gay in Paris

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Academicians etc.,

I need your help tp finance the rest of my PhD. Iam expected to finish my PhD in 2015 but since my scholarship finished so I don’t have any money to complete it. I need your help.

I thank you very much for your kind attention and Iam looking forward it.

Wisnu Adihartono

Migration and Family Relationship : The Case of Indonesian Gay in Paris

A Humanities, Social Science & Health project

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