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

Urban Indonesia

Festival Mata Air

A community takes a fresh look at water

Behind the jamboree

Direct local elections give Jakartans a say in their city’s future

Middletown comes to Malang

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

Big projects, little people

After 20 years, LEA JELLINEK returns to Jakarta's kampungs only to find many demolished for condominiums. The mood of their constantly evicted residents oscillates between resignation and resistance.

Writing on the wall

Remember the election last May? MAS SUJOKO was there and listened in to the people's vote, recorded on walls all over Yogyakarta.

M16s for punks

Punk rockers turn to Yogya craftsmen for ‘guitar weapons’.

Scunge City. And yet....

What the guide books don't tell you about Surabaya

Whose city?

The street traders who feed and transport Jakarta are also its most unwelcome citizens

Jakarta's poorest

Lea Jellinek

The story of Mimin

Surviving thirty years in Central Jakarta

Planning Jakarta

Review: Abidin Kusno examines trends in architectural design and urban planning in Jakarta

Keeping up appearances

Manufacturing workers in Tangerang make a special effort to look good

An urban tale

Strange companions in Jakarta's Jalan Jaksa

Trial by fire

Taking the law into your own hands is now commonplace in urban areas in Indonesia

Here's looking at you, kids

Here’s looking at you, kids

Youth Indonesian

Much more than just Indonesian without the grammar

Homicide and hip-hop

Bandung’s outspoken rap group

Girl culture on the big screen

No longer misfits, but far from gender warriors

Distro

Independent fashion moves from margins to mainstream

Illegal drags

Thrills and spills of Jakarta’s street races

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Contesting the religious soundscape

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A controversial regulation governing the call to prayer sparks a campaign aimed at taking down the Religious Affairs Minister

Essay: Hey Holland, you’re welcome!

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