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

Books Literature

Review: Troubled transit

Asylum seekers stuck in Indonesia 

Review: Dancing the Feminine

A look into Indonesian migrant women, identity, and cultural performances. 

Review: A life beyond boundaries

Benedict Anderson’s memoir showcases a broad-minded approach to the world and Indonesia

Review: Stormy with a Chance of Fried Rice

Review: Stormy with a Chance of Fried Rice

Book Review: Inventing Imam Samudra

Book Review: Imam Samudra’s Revenge, by Angus McIntyre

Reading for pleasure, 15 minutes a day

Indonesia’s struggle to create a culture of reading

The Earth Dance

Lontar Modern Indonesia Fiction Series

Review: Palm oil and patronage

An investigation into the transboundary haze and the palm plantations in Indonesia

Review: Kartini’s complete legacy

Bringing Kartini’s entire anthology of writings together for the first time reveals the depths of her pioneering influence

If I were Australia/ Kalau aku Australia

Poems across the Indonesian-Australian divide

A room of one’s own

Mobile libraries and writers clubs reveal a rich reading and writing culture among Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong

A feminist trajectory of literary influences

A writer pays homage to the women writers and intellectuals who paved the way for others

Review: Sites, Bodies and Stories

History and heritage in the Indonesian imagination

Review: Women, Sexual Violence and the Indonesian Killings of 1965-66

Pohlman’s study provides sensitive and powerful testimony of the impact of this violence on women and girls

Murdering army, silent church

Reverend Mery Kolimon, researcher and advocate working on the 1965 killings in Eastern Indonesia, has a personal connection to this piece of history

Review: Man Tiger strikes!

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

Review: Jakarta, Mon Amour

A series of illustrated books offers a visual journey through the history of Jakarta and brings back vivid memories

Review: Incubus of Intervention

Conspiracy as foreign policy

A post-colonial subversive

Like Toer’s tetralogy before it, Semua Untuk Hindia turns Indonesia’s national history narrative on its head

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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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