“Bule Hunter: Money, Sex and Love” media coverage by The Jakarta Post, one of the largest English Newspaper in Jakarta. Article written by Novia D. Rulistia is titled “Elisabeth Oktofani: Exploring the world of ‘bule’ hunters“. It’s funny that my job is always to interview source and now I am being interviewed. Yet, I am still a journalist because I love my job. Below is some paragraphs of the article. You can access the rest here.
After going out with a lot of Western men, she realized that many would appreciate her more if they could talk about many things with her.
“At first, I didn’t feel much appreciated — maybe because as a teenager, I had a lack of confidence and knowledge,” she said. “That’s why I easily ended up relationship with someone and find another one until I eventually realized that I also needed to be knowledgeable to hang out with them.”
She was often judged by the people around her about her relationships with the Westerners. They told her that she went out with them only because they were rich, and bule liked her because she was ugly.
“That annoyed me, because not all relationships between Indonesian girls and bule are like that. There are other things the society should know behind the relationship between Indonesian woman and bule,” Fani said.
She then decided to make a book which was based on her experience and her friends. The book, Bule Hunter: Kisah Wanita Pemburu Bule (Bule Hunter: Stories of Women who Pursue Westerners), aims to get rid of stigma attached to Indonesian women who date bule only for their money.