May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

New Order

The Indie takeover

Independent record labels give the majors a run for their money

Chinese, Muslim and proud of it

The Chinese Muslim community in Surabaya even has its own mosque

Against the grain

Two Chinese-Indonesian women are role models for the younger generation

In memory of martyrs

A Chinese community constructs and preserves the memory of their loved ones, the victims of racial and political violence in Banyuwangi

Through a building darkly

The story of the Teochiu Huikuan building in Medan provides insights into Chinese Indonesians’ history of dispossession

Learning from Malaysia's mistakes

Chinese Indonesians must re-enter politics in order to fully exercise their citizenship

Never Indonesian enough

State discrimination against the Chinese is a form of cultural violence

Giving up partisan politics?

Indonesia's biggest Muslim organizations are having second thoughts about partisan politics

Rulers in their own country?

Special autonomy and Papuan aspirations have been thwarted by Jakarta and hampered by the administrative fragmentation sponsored by local politicians

Arnold Ap and Theys Eluay

Political assassinations targeted West Papua’s culture and political identity

A new artistic order?

The arts scene has changed radically since 1998, but some of the old uncertainties remain

Back to the drawing board

NGOs are having to come to terms with the demands of the governance agenda

Personality cults

Foreign news coverage needs to focus on Indonesia’s people, not just its leaders

Ten years of hoping and waiting

A photo essay about families of the disappeared

Trouble in Paradise

A land conflict on the tourist island of Gili Trawangan dates back decades

Policy drift

Ten years after Suharto, the economy is not recovering fast enough

Teaching and remembering

The legacy of the Suharto era lingers in school history books

How far to meaningful democracy? - 1

What you see is what you get.

How far to meaningful democracy? - 2

Democracy is feasible, but only if Indonesia’s democrats take on the elite.

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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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Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch came at a price – Indonesians are still waiting for them to acknowledge it

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