Category: Society

Why has the Indonesian response to Covid-19 been so ineffective? How can disagreements over its management be resolved? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these issues and more with Dr Riris Andono Ahmad in Talking Indonesia.

Calls are growing for the government to ban the post-Ramadan exodus to the regions (mudik) to prevent further spread of Covid-19. But as Dr Belinda Spagnoletti writes, mudik is also an important safety net for those living in precarity.

What are the barriers for LGBT Indonesians to access basic services, including health care, and what are the implications if they are left behind? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Ignatius Praptoraharjo in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

A laughable claim about the danger of falling pregnant in swimming pools raises serious concerns about the state of adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Indonesia, writes SurveyMETER’s Dwi Oktarina

What does the history of Chinese Indonesian performing arts say about ethnic Chinese strategies for self-representation over time? Dr Charlotte Setijadi chats to Dr Josh Stenberg about this question and more in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

High university drop-out rates for deaf students point to the need for education in their mother tongue, writes Alies Poetri Lintangsari.

How realistic are proposals to regulate Islamic preaching in Indonesia? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses this and other questions with Professor Julian Millie in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

A group of residents have filed a class action against Governor Anies Baswedan over widespread flooding in early January. Will they have any luck? Laras Susanti examines the case.

Informal riverbank settlements are often blamed for flooding in Jakarta. In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Roanne von Voorst about these communities, how they live with the dual threats of flooding and eviction, and the role they can play in tackling flooding.

A draft bill on the elimination of sexual violence has become a battleground for pro-democracy movements against rising religious conservatism, write Anna Margret and Yolanda Pandjaitan.

Rizanna Rosemary and Ratri Ciptaningtyas examine an important factor rarely acknowledged as contributing to high rates of stunting in Indonesia – smoking.

Indonesia at Melbourne will again be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we list the most popular articles, plus a few of our favourites, from 2019. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in mid-January.