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Jul 12, 2024

Interpreting pandemics through history, text and performance

Petruk figures from Ki Purbo Asmoro's collection/Purbo Asmoro Official

Featuring translations and analysis of rare texts, including the revival of an early 20th century Javanese wayang play, this edition illustrates the multi-faceted ways in which pandemics affect us and...

By SIDDHARTH CHANDRA

Jul 12, 2024

Beware the disease of influenza

Petruk, Sĕmar and Nala Gareng confer (image from  Awas Lĕlara Inpluwensa, adapted by Camille North).

An anonymous Javanese text written in response to the flu epidemic of 1918-19, offers its audiences eerily familiar lessons for surviving a pandemic

By NANCY K. FLORIDA

Jul 12, 2024

Petruk 1920 confronts Petruk 2020

Petruk is the central character of Purbo Asmoro's Tamba Tĕka, Lara Lunga

An essay introducing Ki Purbo Asmoro’s original wayang tale Tamba Tĕka, Lara Lunga (Remedy Shows Up, Malady Gives Up)

By KATHRYN "KITSIE" EMERSON

Jul 12, 2024

Reporting on Java’s 1918 influenza pandemic

Pasar Redjowinangoen, Magelang, c1910 / Digital Collections, Leiden University Libraries

Pieter Bastiaan van Steenis’ report on the 1918 influenza pandemic in Java is a rare and detailed account by a colonial health official who experienced its horrors first-hand

By SIDDHARTH CHANDRA

Jul 08, 2024

Asbestos danger

Asbestos is still commonly used in Lombok/ Gwyn Roberts

What can be done to prevent suffering in Indonesia?

By GWYN ROBERTS

Jul 04, 2024

Obituary: Stop telling, start listening

Owen Podger/LinkedIn

Owen Podger’s guide to aid-giving

By DUNCAN GRAHAM

Jun 27, 2024

Essay: What remains of the 1998 tragedy for the post-1998 generation

Pro-reformasi demonstrators in Solo, May 1998 / Sunaryo Haryo Bayu, Solopos, 1998.

Hearing about my mother's experiences in May 1998 became a pivotal moment...

By ALVINO KUSUMABRATA

Jun 24, 2024

Obit: Bob Muntz, 1947-2024

Bel Harper, Bela Kusumah and Bob Muntz at launch of ‘Partners in Development’, December 2003  /Helen Pausacker

By HELEN PAUSACKER

Jun 20, 2024

Memeing the precarity of Indonesian startup workers

/IG @ecommurz

Beyond the hype, workers in this booming industry are seeking not only...

By IBNU NADZIR

Jun 17, 2024

Dancing into the elections

Winning presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto performing his signature ‘gemoy’ dance /Antara/Arif Firmansyah

The replacement of dangdut with TikTok dances in the 2024 elections heralds...

By VICTORIA WINATA & MONIKA WINARNITA

May 03, 2024

Labouring in vain?

President of the Labour Party, Said Iqbal, speaks at an election campaign rally at Istora Senayan, Jakarta (8/2/2024). ANTARA/Nadia Putri Rahmani

The Labour Party (Partai Buruh) was revived in the wake of opposition...

By HASNA A. FADHILAH

Apr 19, 2024

Book review: Uncovering Suharto's Cold War

/National Security Archive

By VIRDIKA RIZKY UTAMA

Apr 12, 2024

Film review: Inheriting collective memories through 'Eksil'

A documentary embraced by TikTokers is changing how young people understand Indonesia’s...

By WAHYUDI AKMALIAH

Apr 11, 2024

Indonesians call for climate action through music

Concert perfromance in Malang /Hibatul Hakim

Self-education and lived experience of the impacts of climate change, are driving...

By JULIA WINTERFLOOD

Apr 05, 2024

Book review: Clive of Indonesia

Clive Williams in Jakarta, 1976 / Tuti Kakialatu/TEMPO

By DUNCAN GRAHAM

Apr 04, 2024

The Jokowi-Luhut alliance

President Joko Widodo with Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (21 June 2023) /Instagram/luhut.pandjaitan

A business alliance forged in 2008 between Joko Widodo and Luhut Pandjaitan...

By JEREMY MULHOLLAND

This Week

Jakarta/ Agung Wilis Yudha Baskoro with permission

Essay: Testing out my Bahasa Indonesia

PATRICK J MAHONY

We need to learn more about each other. If we do, we will find that in many ways we have much in common

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