Remembering Bali as Paradise

The Bombing of Kuta and the Recovery of the Balinese Tourist Identity

in Volume 7 (2006): Issue 2 (Dec 2006)

The 2002 bombing of the tourist nightclubs in Bali created multiple disturbances: it exposed the history of violence, destabilized the tourism economy and prompted a public debate about the comparative virtues of a revitalized tourism industry. Two televised commemorative ceremonies were performed to restore local relations and the global memory of Bali as a peaceful, tropical paradise: the cleansing ceremony and the first anniversary ceremony. Rather than promoting healing, these rituals further disclosed and exacerbated complex tensions within the Balinese society and its tourism industry.

Journeys

The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing

in Volume 7 (2006): Issue 2 (Dec 2006)