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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...

The Strange World of Indonesian Sports

By: Bodrek Arsana Indonesia is well known for many things, but not necessarily for its sports. With the exception of a few surfers, tennis players, badminton buffs...

Ghost Real Estate

By: Bodrek Arsana If you follow the Ayung river—which divides the region of Kedewatan (Gianyar) and Bongkasa (Badung) in the foothills of central Bali—you will...

Paying for the Sin of Pre-Natal Sex

By: Bodrek Arsana The twins—still un-named infants—are fast asleep on a mat on a bamboo platform. They are wrapped thickly in cloth and screened off behind ...

Cultural Dirty Dancing

By: Bodrek Arsana Dirty dancing Balinese style? Joged bumbung is described in the guidebooks as a ‘traditional flirtation dance’. A pretty dancer in elaborate...

Anti Geert Wilders demo Indonesia

What does Geert Wilders want?

By: Emma Kwee Geert Wilders, enfant terrible of Dutch politics has yet again stepped on someone’s toes. Indonesian toes this time. This article explores the career...

Who Wouldn’t Want to Be a Millionaire? Multi-Level Marketing in Bali

By: Bodrek Arsana 40-year-old Dewa Made Oka, known to his friends as Genjing, is a famous figure in the village of Tampaksiring, Bali, twenty kilometers to the north...

Orientalism: a false perception of the East

By: Ed Caffin Ed Caffin explores why western perspective on the non-Western part of the world is still distorted? In Edward Saids influential book Orientalism a...