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A revolution in the making

Casual designs are not just revolutionising batik culture, they’re also giving batik workers new choices

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What is it with you/Ada Apa Denganmu Ariel Peterpan?

By: Emma Kwee Ariel, iconic frontman of Indonesian hit band Peterpan crumbled under the weight of Indonesia’s media army these last few months. Peterpan collected...

Indigenous people, Indigenous Rights Rally

People of Malaysia: Truly Asia, Truly Divided?

By: Melissa Lin In recent years, Malaysian people have been placed head to head with each other. The reality of different ethnicities, culture and faiths co-existing...

Yogya Street

The Easy Way to a Degree

Each year, the ritual of graduation is joyfully celebrated in Jogjakarta, Central Java—Indonesia’s “City of Students.” Photographs of young scholars dressed in...

Indonesia’s Traditional Streetside Hair Salons

By: Ade Tanesia Long before modern salons invaded all but the most remote villages of Indonesia, long before shampoo ads blared out from television sets across the...

The Power of the Stone, Sorcerers & Gemstones in Yogya

By: Ade Tanesia Sorcerers’ stones are not the exclusive domain of fantasy characters like Harry Potter. In Indonesia, the gemstones known as batu akik are valued...

Palm Sugar: Bittersweet?

By: Ade Tanesia Gula jawa or palm sugar is one of Indonesia's staple ingredients. How is it produced & does it offer the sweet smell of succes? Ade Tanesia heads...

Guitar Village: Kembangan

By: Ade Tanesia The village of Kembangan, some fourteen kilometers south of Solo, seems like most other villages in Central Java, with its quiet atmosphere, slow...

The life of sarung in Indonesia

By: Ade Tanesia They have veered in and out of fashion over the years, but sarung are still everyday attire for many Indonesians. Ade Tanesia traces the history of...

Brides For Sale: Contract marriage between Taiwanese men & Singkawang women

By: Bodrek Arsana Fifteen-year-old Su Phin dreamed of what many young women her age dream of: love, marriage, children, excitement, adventure. She dreamed of a way...