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October 23: Book Discussion of “Fragments From a Mobile Life” by Margaret Sullivan


2:30 PM – 4:00 PM



1625 Massachusetts Ave NW Suite 550

Washington, DC 20036


Join us as author Margaret Sullivan discusses her book Fragments From a Mobile Life focusing on her rich and memorable experiences in Indonesia and the Philippines during formative times in those countries.

Margaret Sullivan

Ms. Sullivan’s Foreign Service family first encountered Indonesia in 1965 when her husband Dan served on the Indonesia Desk at the State Department. They moved to Jakarta in 1967 and lived there until 1971. The Sullivans were then posted to Cebu City, Philippines for three years until 1974. Margaret returned to Cebu for the 1986 snap election that resulted in Cory Aquino’s presidency. Later, in Washington D.C., she helped coordinate cultural events in observance of the Philippine Centennial in 1998. Following the 2004 tsunami, she coordinated a USINDO project that established the University of Syiah Kuala Lab School.
From the era of Indonesia’s New Order, through the Philippines’ Martial Law period, to post-tsunami redevelopment in Aceh, Ms. Sullivan offers keen observations about history, culture, intercultural understanding, interesting people and some of the delicious food that she encountered along the way.
Copies of “Fragments of a Mobile Life” will be available for purchase ($25.00) and signing.


About the Author

Margaret Sullivan is a writer, artist and public educator who was born and lived six years in pre-war China, and in Burma in the early 50’s. She is a graduate of Woodstock School in India and American University with a BA in English. Both as the wife of a Foreign Service Officer and, later, in her own capacity, she lived and worked in Malaysia, Nigeria, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Singapore as well as Washington DC.

Her professional work included: A visiting scholar at the Center for Cebuano Studies, San Carlos University, covering the Philippine elections from 1986 through 1992; Executive Director of the Philippine Centennial Foundation, which coordinated the 1998 nationwide commemoration of the hundredth anniversaries of Philippine independence and the relationship between the United States and the Philippines; and Project Coordinator for the post-tsunami development of the University of Syiah Kuala Lab School, a collaboration between USINDO, the University and the Sampoerna Foundation. Earlier, she was Associate Director of the Asia Society’s Washington Center and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Her publications include the award-winning book, “Can Survive, La,” Cottage Industries in High-rise Singapore (1985, 1992) and a children’s book, The Philippines: Crossroads of the Pacific (1998) as well as articles in many publications including the Foreign Service Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. She also edited Change and the Muslim World (1981).

Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited in Indonesia, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Washington DC.

Contact info:


Tel 202-525-3982

This event is co-organized by the United States-Indonesia Society and the US-Philippines Society

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