What is sasando.org?

For some Indonesian students and alumni, living in France has taught them many things, not only those related closely to their study but especially about life itself.  It begins with tasks that are challenging, the experience of weaving social relationships, developing a taste for cultural exposure, self-reflection through to the construction of collective historicity.  Sasando emerged out of the will of these students—some have finished their studies and returned home, while others are still in France for their studies. The magazine is aimed to share the evolution of discourse in Indonesian society—in Indonesia, in France, and in other areas of the diaspora to extend the cultural crossing between Indonesia and France.

The name Sasando derives from an Indonesian musical instrument typical of the island of Rote, part of the region of Nusa Tenggara East (small islands of Eastern Sunda).  This instrument is made of bamboo rods, palm leaves and strings that are arranged in such a way as to produce a beautiful and enchanting sound. The word  » Sasando  » itself comes from the word « Sandu » or « Sanu » which means « to vibrate ».  In this spirit, we hope to be able to continue to enliven the cultural encounter between the Indonesians and the French.  We hope that with our little efforts, French people would be able to continuously feel the resonant vibrations of the Indonesian people so that the spirit of fraternity remains embodied from one generation to another.

Sasando is a non-profit organization that relies on the donations and voluntary work of its founders and volunteers.  First initiated in 2020, Sasando was fully supported by Réseau Indonesia, a non-profit organization that engages in efforts to develop cooperation between different elements of Indonesian and French society (people-to-people cooperation), which was founded in France through extraordinary cooperation between several Indonesians and French people in Paris.

The articles published in Sasando are intended for a wide audience and are written in three languages: Indonesian, French and English. The themes are various: art, environment, history, social, culture, politics, economy, and human rights. Several Indonesian articles have been translated into French for easy access to French readers.

Our vision

A continuous cultural encounter between Indonesians and French to build understanding, brotherhood and closer socio-cultural cooperation between Indonesian and French society.

Our mission

Publication via online media (Sasando) in the form of short articles and videos containing in-depth studies/analysis on the themes of art, environment, history, socio-cultural, political, economics and human rights. Also, the publication of photos and images which serve as illustrations or photojournalism.

To contribute

Make a donation

Donations can be made through the Sasando account.


Join us as a volunteer by contacting our email address.

Writing an article

Sasando accepts various contributions of articles and book reviews related to Indonesia from various disciplines. Our target readers are the general audience. Therefore we encourage contributors to use scientific terms clearly and avoid using specific terms or jargon.

  • The submitted manuscript may have been published in other media by including the related link.
  • Manuscripts in French, English or Indonesian.
  • Font Georgian; 12; 1.5.
  • Manuscript using Microsoft Word program, about 800 – 1600 words.
  • Include keywords 4 – 6 words.
  • The author’s name, status, institutional affiliation and e-mail address should appear at the top of the text.
  • The use of images (.gif format) and photos (.jpg format) is allowed with a maximum of 1 MB. If the image or photo is another person’s work, permission from the concerned person is required.
  • Keep sentences short, a maximum of three lines in one sentence.
  • Willing to make corrections together with the editor.
  • The reference and citation system used is the Chicago Manual of Style system. Use in-text citation, not footnotes. For further instructions on the Chicago Manual of Style system: Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide

The article should be submitted in a word document as an attachment and sent to admin@sasando.com.

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