Mar 28, 2017 Last Updated 1:44 AM, Mar 23, 2017

Fiction & Essays

Essay: Redefining Indonesia

Almost twenty years after reformasi, journalist and novelist Leila S. Chudori ponders on the successes and failures of this historic period for Indonesia

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In Memoriam & Ten weeks in Bali, Java, Singapore and Sumatra, December 1981 - March 1982

Many older readers of Inside Indonesia will remember John Barnard, who died earlier this year in Melbourne after a brief illness. John, who worked as a technician in the science laboratory at Monash University, was a regular attendee at the regular Centre for Southeast Asian Studies seminars where he loved to meet up with old friends and make new ones. A shy retiring person and a bachelor all his life, visiting Indonesia was always a significant annual event for him as his travel diary clearly shows. 

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Review: Man Tiger strikes!

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Longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize Eka Kurniawan’s novel signals the birth of a sophisticated crime noir genre in Indonesian literature

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The Crocodile Hole

Indonesia, beginning of the 1980s. The young journalist Tommy comes into contact with the survivors of the genocide that the New Order regime of General Suharto carried out. To her bewilderment she hears stories about lurid dancing, castrations and the murder by young girls of a number of generals in the night of October 1 1965.  Guided by Ibu Sri, herself a former prisoner and a member of the women’s organisation that was held responsible for these alleged sexual and sadistic perversions she sets herself the task to unravel these fantasies.  Who invented these hateful lies which were meant to incite mass organizations to murder possibly one million of their neighbors?  Tommy is betrayed and thrown into prison. 

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Freedom

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Arguably Indonesia's finest living writer of fiction, Putu Wijaya reflects on Indonesia's nationhood in his short story, 'Freedom'.

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What are your true colours?: A conversation

A brief conversation between strangers provokes thoughts on Australia–Indonesia relations

Essays and Fiction is a new series of writing in Inside Indonesia that aims to give voice to more personal stories about Indonesia. We welcome submissions in the form of reflective pieces, fiction, artwork, or essays about travel and fieldwork experiences.
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No durable solutions

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Exercising inside the immigration detention centre in Tanjung Pinang. (Credit: Dave Lumenta)

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Review: Footsteps of Indonesians in Victoria

Mar 07, 2017 - Anita Dewi

Footsteps of Indonesians in Victoria (Jejak Langkah Orang Indonesia di Victoria) is a sincere look at the Indonesia-Australia friendship.

Celebrating fifty years of the Indonesian Community Association of Victoria (IKAWIRIA)

Jakarta’s Asian Games, yesterday and today

Feb 27, 2017 - Friederike Totier

South Sumatra governor Alex Noerdin is inspired by Sukarno for his vision of Asian Games impact and infrastructure. (Credit: Isriya Paireepairit)

Ignoring issues from the 1962 Games will not help solve the many problems faced by sport in Indonesia

A drink for humanity

Feb 20, 2017 - Pat Walsh

Human rights activist Putu Oka Sukanta. (Credit: Herb Feith Foundation)

Honouring Indonesian activist Putu Oka Sukanta for humanity

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Readers said:

  • Essay: Redefining Indonesia
    Jan van Olden - 03 Mar
    What a wonderful and inspiring essay! Your reflections give hope for a better, more tolerant, and truly pluralistic Indonesia. Thank you, Leila.
     
  • Essay: Redefining Indonesia
    Jan van Olden - 03 Mar
    What a wonderful and inspiring essay! Your reflections give hope for a better, more tolerant, and truly pluralistic Indonesia. Thank you, Leila.
     
  • Jakarta’s Asian Games, yesterday and today
    Susan Engel - 01 Mar
    A nice article highlighting Sukarno's rehabilitation, which is also very visible in Indonesia's South-South Cooperation strategy. Of course there is a ...
     
  • Falling through the cracks
    Ari - 17 Feb
    Thanks for bringing to light the stories of Noni, Anom and those people like them. It shows why we need systemic policies, rather than ad hoc aid ...

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The book features 30 of the judges' favourite images from the 2013 Inside Indonesia Photography Competition.

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