Feb 04, 2023 Last Updated 3:56 AM, Jan 31, 2023

Youth Culture

Soft diplomacy in heavy metal

Indonesia’s liberal art scene attracts adventurous Australian artists

What gives rise to moral outrage?

Rather than being merely the result of religious extremism, recent cases of moral outrage point to a wide range of current political and social problems

Playing with the past

Critics say it’s just a fad but some young upper middle-class Indonesians are rediscovering forgotten histories

Feeling cheated, acting apathetic

Many Indonesian students face obstacles voting, but they aren’t much interested anyway

Getting an education

Links to Indonesian schools and universities remain strong in East Timor

Trapped in the legacy of the past

Conflict between Timorese youth gangs and martial arts groups hark back to the Indonesian occupation

Struggling to be young

Brotherhood among the poor urban youth of Jakarta

The Indie takeover

Independent record labels give the majors a run for their money

Papuan romance

New norms about love and marriage alter the rules for the young

Brothers in arms

Papuan footballers score goals against HIV.

Underground and at risk

Men who have sex with men in urban Papua.

Chocolate Strawberry

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

Indonesia'€™s Q!Film Festival

Young Indonesians are using an alternative film festival to promote awareness of sexual diversity

Skin deep

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

Where are you (not) from?

Sundanese have a habit of putting each other in their places

Marginal and tattooed

A group of Jakarta punks challenges the criminal stigma attached to tattoos

Brutal lessons

A culture of violence in schools makes life tough for kids

Global fashion, remixed

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

Deals and denial

Who is really responsible for Indonesia's drug epidemic?

Punks, rastas and headbangers: Bali's Generation X

Quite unknown to the tourists, Balinese youth are creating a dynamic musical identity that refuses to be colonised. EMMA BAULCH joins the death thrashers for an evening of metal.

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