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Nadia Jalawi, left, of Malaysia, and Ratih Rahmadanti of Indonesia are visiting Yellow Springs for a month as part of a cultural and business exchange sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International City/County Management Association.

Nadia Jalawi, left, of Malaysia, and Ratih Rahmadanti of Indonesia are visiting Yellow Springs for a month as part of a cultural and business exchange sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International City/County Management Association.

Southeast Asian professionals visit village

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Two young professional women from southeast Asia are visiting Yellow Springs for a month, as part of a cultural and professional exchange program sponsored by the International City/County Management Association and the U.S. State Department.

Nadia Jalawi of Malaysia is the assistant director of engineering and energy manager at the Municipal Council of Seberang Perai and Ratih Rahmadanti is a data analyst in the governance global practices department of the World Bank in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The women will stay in a private home as they work on a project for Village government. The project involves developing a Village government policy on social media and ways to use an online presence to enhance citizen participation. They will also familiarize themselves with Yellow Springs Village government by attending meetings of Village Council and citizen commissions and boards, along with learning about state government at the state legislature in Columbus. They will primarily be working with Assistant Village Manager John Yung.

When not working, the women have a full schedule of local activities, including attending various churches, going to parties and attending art galleries.

In July, Yung will also take part in the exchange when he travels to Malaysia under the same program for several weeks. The exchange is mainly funded by the ICMA, with in-kind contributions from the Yellow Springs Village government.

For a more detailed story, see the May 7 Yellow Springs News.

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