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Soe was an ethnic Chinese  Roman Catholic , the fourth of five children in his family; his elder brother Arief Budiman , a sociologist and lecturer at Satya Wacana Christian University , was also quite a vocal critical voice in Indonesian politics. After spending his final years of senior high school at Kanisius , Soe attended the University of Indonesia UI from until ; upon finishing university he became a lecturer at his alma mater until his death.
It was during his time as a student that Soe became an active dissident, protesting against President Sukarno and the PKI. An avid proponent of living close to nature, Soe quoted Walt Whitman in his diary: "Now I see the secret of the making of the best person. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth". In , Soe helped found Mapala UI, a student environmentalist organisation. He enjoyed hiking, and indeed died through inhaling poisonous gas while hiking up the volcanic Mount Semeru on the day before his 27th birthday.
This roughly translates to English as "A Greek philosopher once wrote The best fate is to never have been born, second is to be born but die young, and the most unfortunate of all is to [reach] old age. This feels pretty right: Happy are those who die young. Soe is also the subject of a book, written by Dr. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is a Chinese name ; the family name is Soe. Soe at a rally on Mount Pangrango Djakarta , Japanese-occupied East Indies. Semeru , East Java , Indonesia.
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Soe Hok Gie
This book briefly appeared in a scene of the film What's Up with Love? It is collected from several diaries and covers the life of Soe Hok Gie from around the end of his childhood until several days before his death at the age of 26 in The book is notable for its first hand account of the Indonesian political turmoil in the s, at the end of President Sukarno 's era leading to the birth of the Orde Baru New Order under General Suharto. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.