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Indonesian Island a New Frontier in Space Race: NYT

A tiny clan fears it will lose its place in the world as Indonesia pursues its quest to join the space age and hopes to lure Elon Musk


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Unspoiled Yendy Beach on Indonesia's island of Biak. Photo: VisitBiak via Instagram

 

For 15 generations, members of the Abrauw clan have lived much like their ancestors. They farm with wooden plows in patches of the rainforest, gather medicinal plants and set traps to catch snakes and wild boar, The New York Times reported.

Now the tiny clan fears it will lose its place in the world as Indonesia pursues its longstanding quest to join the space age and hopes to lure SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

The Indonesian government claims to have acquired 250 acres of the clan’s ancestral land decades ago and has planned since 2017 to build a small-scale spaceport there to launch rockets. Clan leaders say the project would force them from their homes.

Read the full report: The New York Times

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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.

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