Aug 09, 2020 Last Updated 3:42 AM, Aug 7, 2020

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Chinese whispers: The art of reflection

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.

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Famine and fraud

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A story of mass starvation tells us much about media coverage and local government in Papua

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Balancing business

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Indonesia’s unions are engaging in electoral politics in unprecedented ways in an attempt to balance the influence of business

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Wasted talent

Wasted talent

Returned migrant workers have much to offer, but have trouble achieving recognition for the skills they’ve developed abroad

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Dancing against violence

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

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Platitudes of Papua

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It’s easy to blame the central government for all of Papua’s problems, but it’s also inaccurate

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Cosmopolitan Indonesia

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Cosmopolitanism is a magnificent ideal for a world torn by divisions and it exists in Indonesia in some surprising places. But how deep does and can it go?

Gerry van Klinken

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Impossible ideal?

Impossible ideal?

Cosmopolitanism is a dirty word in rural West Java, where creativity and new words are needed to reopen dialogue.

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A generation of resistance

Jun 26, 2020 - IVO MATEUS GONCALVES

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East Timor’s student movement and the struggle against oppression

Essay: Celebrating Imlek, Catholic style

Jun 22, 2020 - JOSH STENBERG

/ Josh Stenberg

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

West Papua and Black Lives Matter

Jun 17, 2020 - SOPHIE CHAO

We are not monkeys / Twitter

A movement seeking justice, healing, and freedom for Black people has become a powerful rallying call for Indigenous West Papuans

Artists seek assistance

Jun 14, 2020 - RAHMADI FAJAR HIMAWAN

Several pesinden accompanying a wayang performance / Rahmadi Fajar Himawan

Javanese traditional musicians are among the many artists and performers struggling to survive, or qualify for government payments under COVID restrictions

A house of cards?

Jun 02, 2020 - YULIDA PANGASTUTI

ANTARA FOTO/Saiful Bahri/wsj

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the exploitation of non-formal early childhood educators 

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