May 22, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Ethnicity

Exhibited as losers

A new artwork holds up a mirror to physical anthropology and its baseless racial categorisations

Beauty and belonging in West Papua

Papuan waria draw on foreign ideals of beauty in their quest for a sense of belonging in their local communities

Bhinneka Tunggal Ika?

Reality often falls short of expectations

Essay: Celebrating Imlek, Catholic style

Practices such as Imlek masses are a welcome example of tolerance and plurality

A showcase of harmony

Celebrating Indonesia’s birthday with the Mandarin choirs of Jakarta

Sectarianism, culture and politics

An emerging conservative Muslim coalition is a force to be reckoned with in Indonesian politics

‘We are natural-born children, you are adopted’

Locals contest national citizenship rights in North Maluku

When ‘home’ is not home

Locals react coolly to ex-transmigrants who return to Java after fleeing violence elsewhere

A post-colonial subversive

Like Toer’s tetralogy before it, Semua Untuk Hindia turns Indonesia’s national history narrative on its head

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.

Driving under the New Order

The tumultuous events of 1965 thwarted Liong Tjie Tjong’s writing aspirations

Celebrating community

A temple procession brings Chinese culture to life in Jakarta’s streets

Marketing the Chinese face of Islam

Chinese Muslim preachers are popular, but they don’t always promote greater pluralism

Locating culture in the church

Minahasan Christians reinterpret their cultural history and identity through religion

Land, ethnicity and politics

Direct local elections have led to new developments in the struggle for land rights in East Kalimantan

Struggling to be young

Brotherhood among the poor urban youth of Jakarta

Filming ambiguity

Young Chinese Indonesian filmmakers examine questions of Chineseness

Empowerment through conversion?

Chinese Indonesians and the Pentecostal-charismatic movement

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