May 16, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Consumption

Chocolate Strawberry

An Indonesian film breaks new ground on the subject of teenage sexuality

Inventing Papua

Migrants from South Sulawesi have played an important role in manufacturing a Papuan identity

Writing for God

Piety and consumption in popular Islam

Skin deep

Young Indonesians struggle to resist the power of the skin whitening industry

Global fashion, remixed

Indie designers rework commercial iconography – and the business of clothing production

Singapore, not sawit

Tourism campaigns in East Kalimantan fall short of provincial middle class aspirations.

Rich, Asian and all-natural

Indonesia’s wealthy partake of a booming spa tourism industry, joining a pan-Asian community of well-to-do consumers of the ‘non-west’

Living like kings

Working-class Singaporeans travel to Indonesia’s Riau Islands in search of a fantasy built around sex.

Food for the future

Organic farming takes root in post-bomb Bali

Tourism in question

In our new edition, Inside Indonesia explores different perspectives on tourism.

Middletown comes to Malang

JASON PRICE talks with the new middle class and discovers they love progress but keep the poor at arms length.

Distro

Independent fashion moves from margins to mainstream

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