Jun 28, 2022 Last Updated 4:52 AM, Jun 27, 2022

Society

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

The Go-Jek effect

Has this phenomenally successful app-based transport service improved the lives of the motorcycle workers it employs?

Review: Queer Indonesians’ constant search for home and belonging 

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

Food sovereignty and peasant activism

Farmers and would-be farmers in Lombok are fighting a land-rights battle against the tourism industry

Why size matters

Young men in Papua reassert their manhood through penis enlargement

Nova Ruth: stages of collaboration

A singer for all seasons at ease with many musical repertoires and traditions

Hip hop with attitude

Rappers express their music in a Javanese way in Yogyakarta

Rengat, 1949 (Part 2)

The people of Rengat, the Dutch archives and Dutch authorities have always known about the massacre of January 1949. Why then is the Dutch public not aware?  

Rengat, 1949 (Bagian 2)

Orang-orang di Rengat dan arsip-arsip di Belanda, kedua-duanya tahu adanya pembantaian di bulan Januari 1949. Lalu, mengapa masyarakat umum Belanda tidak tahu itu?

Rengat, 1949 (Part 1)

Dutch paratroopers massacred hundreds, perhaps thousands, in a Sumatran town during the Indonesian Revolution, yet nobody outside Rengat seems to know.

Rengat, 1949 (Bagian 1)

Pasukan payung Belanda membunuhratusan, bahkan mungkin ribuan orang di Rengat, sebuah kota Sumatra, pada masa Revolusi Nasional Indonesia, tapi kelihatannya orang-orang di luar Rengat tidak tahu itu. 

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

The forgotten killings

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

Islamic cyber-activism

Yogyakartan Salafi youth are turning to social media to promote their faith 

Interview with an activist: Soe Tjen Marching

Standing up in the name of truth and justice

Reading for pleasure, 15 minutes a day

Indonesia’s struggle to create a culture of reading

Heritage adrift

What next for Indonesia’s underwater cultural heritage?

Good intentions, mixed realities

Bali’s World Heritage listing has put its rice-farming culture under stress 

The pattern of a batik revival

How UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage program transformed the batik neighbourhood of Laweyan

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