Feb 23, 2024 Last Updated 12:52 AM, Feb 22, 2024

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Review: Identity and pleasure, on screen

Identity and Pleasure: The Politics of Indonesian Screen Culture invites us to embark on a visual journey of difficult episodes in Indonesian history

Review: The ideology of the family state

David Reeve reviews David Bourchier’s important contribution to understandings of political thinking in Indonesia

Reviews: Writing Australia and Indonesia

Reviews: ‘Linking People’ and ‘Troppo’

Review: Beyond decent work

A new book examines Indonesian labour struggles through the lens of international political economy theory 

Review: Martial arts meet musical performance

The Fighting Art of Pencak Silat and Its Music reveals the multitude of martial arts practices and celebrations

Review: Footsteps of Indonesians in Victoria

Celebrating fifty years of the Indonesian Community Association of Victoria (IKAWIRIA)

Review: Recounting the revolution

Two recently republished memoirs illustrate the divergence of experiences during the Indonesian Revolution

Review: Queer Indonesians’ constant search for home and belonging 

Indonesian literature is increasingly open to LGBT stories but the struggle to be heard remains

Review: Troubled transit

Asylum seekers stuck in Indonesia 

Review: Dancing the Feminine

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

Review: A life beyond boundaries

Benedict Anderson’s memoir showcases a broad-minded approach to the world and Indonesia

Review: Stormy with a Chance of Fried Rice

Review: Stormy with a Chance of Fried Rice

Book Review: Inventing Imam Samudra

Book Review: Imam Samudra’s Revenge, by Angus McIntyre

Reading for pleasure, 15 minutes a day

Indonesia’s struggle to create a culture of reading

The Earth Dance

Lontar Modern Indonesia Fiction Series

Review: Palm oil and patronage

An investigation into the transboundary haze and the palm plantations in Indonesia

Review: Kartini’s complete legacy

Bringing Kartini’s entire anthology of writings together for the first time reveals the depths of her pioneering influence

If I were Australia/ Kalau aku Australia

Poems across the Indonesian-Australian divide

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

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Netflix’s series Gadis Kretek (Cigarette Girl) romanticises an industry that kills around 290,000 Indonesians each year

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

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