Nov 27, 2022 Last Updated 3:31 AM, Nov 16, 2022

Marginalised Groups

Reclaiming Indonesian citizenship

A ‘waria’ version of the traditional flag ceremony celebrates both nationhood and diversity

Menyoal jarak: Hunian sosial bagi masyarakat miskin

Bagi kelompok miskin Jakarta, hunian sosial vertikal lebih banyak membawa masalahan daripada solusi

Distance matters: social housing for the poor

For Jakarta’s most vulnerable, vertical social housing creates more problems than it solves

Mining – who benefits?

Mining law changes in decentralising Indonesia raises new challenges and opportunities for local communities

Has resource extraction reduced poverty? 

The benefits of more concentrated natural resources are less likely to be spread

Encountering Indonesia at AsiaTOPA (Part 2)

Reflections on contemporary Indonesia and Australia-Indonesia relations at the AsiaTOPA festival

When ‘home’ is not home

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

HIV-positive mothers left behind

Married women endure the highest rate of new HIV infection in Indonesia

Old and poor

Indonesia’s welfare schemes are failing to support older citizens

Review: Hope and despair in Aceh

Contemporary Indonesian painter Mahdi Abdullah exhibits Acehnese culture in Melbourne 

Online dating apps blocked

A government crackdown on dating apps is depriving LGBT Indonesians of a crucial resource

A drink for humanity

Honouring Indonesian activist Putu Oka Sukanta for humanity

Falling through the cracks

The JKN or the National Health Insurance is failing Indonesia’s most vulnerable

Kartini: Kumpulan puisi

Kumpulan karya puisi memperingati jasa-jasa Kartini dalam perjuangan kaum wanita Indonesia.

Kartini: Anthology of poems

Five poems celebrating Kartini and her contribution to Indonesia's feminist movement.

Essay: Redefining Indonesia

Almost twenty years after reformasi, journalist and novelist Leila S. Chudori ponders on the successes and failures of this historic period for Indonesia

Review: Dancing the Feminine

A look into Indonesian migrant women, identity, and cultural performances. 

The forgotten killings

The slaughter of Indonesians by young nationalists has been hidden by romantic narratives of the independence struggle

'Kampoeng Cyber'

Yogyakarta’s little internet community, Taman Sari

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