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

Marginalised Groups

They say I'm not a Muslim

Lontar Modern Indonesian Fiction Series

Review: Sites, Bodies and Stories

History and heritage in the Indonesian imagination

Marriage denied

Refugees, asylum seekers and stateless migrants face significant barriers to marrying their Indonesian partners

Back with a vengeance

Former migrant workers are finding new empowerment in the bureaucratic jungle of legal aid

My eyes may be blue, but I am Indonesian

The different and difficult experiences of Eurasian Indonesians

Chinese whispers: The art of reflection

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.

Famine and fraud

A story of mass starvation tells us much about media coverage and local government in Papua

Jokowi for President? No!

Riverbank settlers love Jokowi, but they don’t want him to become president

Wasted talent

Returned migrant workers have much to offer, but have trouble achieving recognition for the skills they’ve developed abroad

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

Review: A tale of survival and resilience in modern Surabaya

Robbie Peters' new book brings the poor urban kampungs of Surabaya to life

Stopping intolerance

Government must act to halt growing discrimination against minorities

Indonesia’s new anarchists

Insurrectionary anarchists, with international connections, nihilist values and a penchant for arson, are moving to fill the vacuum on the left

Fantasising romance overseas

Transgender Indonesian migrants are looking for romance and security in Europe, but nothing is easy 

Caught between two happinesses

Young Indonesian lesbians struggle with the pressure to marry

Lives endangered

Three stories of people with HIV/AIDS in the central highlands of Papua show that both the government and community have a long way to go in confronting this major epidemic

Big prison, little prison

Stories from Papua’s political prisoners show life at the edge of freedom

Life and death in immigration detention

Detained asylum seekers face massive hurdles in accessing rights and protection

Legislating against the supernatural

Indonesia’s parliament is cracking down on sorcery

Review: The making of an Indonesian human rights lawyer

Dan Lev explains how an outsider became a national hero

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