Jan 30, 2023 Last Updated 12:03 AM, Jan 26, 2023

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Review: Bridges of Friendship

An excellent reminder of the strength and importance of relationships between people of different cultures

Review: The killing season

More than 50 years on, mis-truths about the 1965-66 killings and what motivated them prevail in Indonesia. Geoffrey Robinson's and other books and films on the issue, based on archival research and analysis, continue to be of utmost importance to counter this movement against the truth.

Remembering the gang rapes of May 1998

The stories of Seno Gumira Ajidarma have helped to counter the denial of a national trauma

Review: Identity and pleasure, on screen

Identity and Pleasure: The Politics of Indonesian Screen Culture invites us to embark on a visual journey of difficult episodes in Indonesian history

Review: The ideology of the family state

David Reeve reviews David Bourchier’s important contribution to understandings of political thinking in Indonesia

Reviews: Writing Australia and Indonesia

Reviews: ‘Linking People’ and ‘Troppo’

Review: Beyond decent work

A new book examines Indonesian labour struggles through the lens of international political economy theory 

Review: Martial arts meet musical performance

The Fighting Art of Pencak Silat and Its Music reveals the multitude of martial arts practices and celebrations

Review: Footsteps of Indonesians in Victoria

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

Review: Recounting the revolution

Two recently republished memoirs illustrate the divergence of experiences during the Indonesian Revolution

Review: Queer Indonesians’ constant search for home and belonging 

Indonesian literature is increasingly open to LGBT stories but the struggle to be heard remains

Latest Articles

Review essay: Constructing Indonesian girlhood on film

Jan 24, 2023 - ANNISA R. BETA

Two decades after the cultural shift opened up by Reformasi, hope looks very different in Indonesian cinema

Review: The afterlives of a shipwreck

Dec 12, 2022 - CHARLOTTE PAPILLAUD LOORAM

Acehnese fishermen and Rohingya rescue at sea

Nov 16, 2022 - BILAL DEWANSYAH

The criminalisation of people smuggling has created complex moral and legal difficulties for those who assist refugees in peril

Review: Bali, 50 years of changes

Sep 25, 2022 - MARY ZURBUCHEN

Chasing a cure for beriberi

Sep 15, 2022 - NIA DELIANA

A long search for a cure for beriberi in Southeast Asia in the late nineteenth century was led by trial and a lot of error

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