May 22, 2024 Last Updated 6:09 AM, May 21, 2024

Fiction & Essays

Essay: Local tradition in a global religious community in modern day Java

Ghosts and spirits often come up in conversation but attitudes are changing

Essay: A movement to remember

This essay is the first in a new series featuring the writing of and edited by young people.

Essay: Divine rejeki! What a wonderful windfall

How can you get rejeki? Like everything else about rejeki, the answer is something of a mystery.

Fiction: The Turning Wheel

Lontar Modern Indonesia Series

Fiction: Threads of Dignity

Lontar Modern Indonesia Series

Book review: A life told in three parts

Translations of Putu Oka Sukanta’s trilogy of novels, bring his stories of struggle, oppression and resilience spanning over sixty years of Indonesian history, to an English-speaking audience

The isolation poems by Putu Oka Sukanta

Poems by Putu Oka Sukanta were translated by Vannessa Hearman and Kiernan Box with commentary written by Vannessa Hearman based on her interview with the poet.

Essay: Don’t forget to wash up

Locked out of live theatre, Dina spent time pondering the meaning of physical space, enjoying rest time and helping others stay safe

Esei: Jangan lupa cuci piring

Terkunci dari teater langsung, Dina menghabiskan waktu merenungkan arti ruang fisik, menikmati waktu istirahat, dan membantu orang lain tetap aman

Essay: Seeking solace in the midst of COVID-19

Book clubs and creative communities have headed online where they provide Jakartans with vital connections and solace during the pandemic

Essay: Our Home Together?

Bandung School of Peace is leading the fight against intolerance in West Java

A day in the life of Bali’s miracle worker

Professor Suryani and her team are making a difference

Essay: Celebrating Imlek, Catholic style

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

Fiction: Pasung

  His gaze is fixated on an indeterminate spot behind me, his arms hang loosely by his sides. Wearing nothing but a pair of faded black shorts, his ribs and collar bones rise above his cavernous stomach. His bulging eyes stand out. A ray of afternoon sun penetrates through a few holes on the attap roof above us, shining on some part of his left arm and shoulder. Sitting on the ground of this six-by-eight-metre hut with his back leaning against the wall, his dark brown skin blends in with the soil underneath us and the bamboo wall surrounding us.

Aging remarkably

A lifelong activist and retired midwife is teaching her peers to stay engaged… and not burden their children

Passing it on

On a recent study trip, journalism student Lisa Favazzo met two people giving back to their communities in extraordinary ways

Essay: In God we (don’t) trust

Irreligious youth are looking for their place in religious Indonesia

Essay: Harmony versus hate

Masykuri Bakri doesn’t fit the stereotype for a moderate Muslim leader

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