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Bali deportation of ‘digital nomad’ unearths post-colonial power dynamics

Gisela Swaragita The Jakarta Post  Wed, January 20, 2021

Balinese Hindus take part in a communal prayer on Jan. 31, 2020 at Luhur Temple in the Narmada Tanah Kilap temple compound in Denpasar, Bali.(Antara/Fikri Yusuf)

DENPASAR – Digital nomads seeking the freedom to work on the paradise isle of Indonesia are reminded to double-check their visa privileges after an American woman was alleged of peddling “tips” to get around Indonesia’s immigration system, detained and then deported on Tuesday.

Kristen Gray came under fire on Sunday, when Indonesians took to Twitter to grill her after her posts went viral and sparked a fierce online debate on the intersection of identity, rule of law, colonialism and minority grievances.

The Twitter users accused the 28-year-old of making money from her posts, which suggested foreigners could move to Indonesia on the cheap amid the global health crisis and strict travel restrictions.

Gray’s thread, posted on her now-locked account @kristentootie, prompted ire among Indonesian netizens who castigated her for overstaying her visa and evading Indonesia immigration.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post, Indonesia Wed, January 20, 2021

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