ASAA prizes, Indonesia, Southeast Asia

Countering violent extremism in Indonesia – ASAA prize winner

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Dr Ian Chalmers was awarded the 2017 Wang Gungwu Prize for the best article in Asian Studies Review. You can read the full article for free, and here he gives us an inside account of his research. Please tell us a little about your research and this article.  What is the problem that it explores […]

Gender and sexuality, Indonesia

New book opens up conversations about sex and sexuality in Indonesia

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A new prize-winning book that examines sex and sexualities in contemporary Indonesia was born out of a shared frustration, write the editors, LINDA RAE BENNETT and SHARYN GRAHAM DAVIES. Having been asked numerous times to deal with such diverse and complicated topics as ‘Islam and sexuality’, or ‘gender and sexuality in Indonesia’, or even ‘queer […]

Indonesia

Indonesians relearning the art of healthy eating

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Food scares and unhealthy eating habits lead to a revival of interest in traditional foods among Indonesia’s middle class. ANGIE BEXLEY reports. Anthropological studies into food tend to focus on class, identity and wider socio-historical and political changes in society. So, what would a project look like that not only attempts to do anthropology about […]

Indonesia

A lesson in tolerance

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After ugly clashes in Sydney and Melbourne between anti-Islam and anti-racism groups, KATHRYN ROBINSON writes that our Indonesian neighbours can teach us about religious tolerance. The memorial held in our national parliament on 17 July for the people who died in the Malaysian airlines flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine featured a moving rendering by […]

Indonesia

Lack of mutual recognition and respect at  core of Australia–Indonesia rift

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Improving relations with Indonesia requires a significant attitude change by the Australian government on issues of national and regional security, writes BEC STRATING. In recent months Australia and Indonesia’s bilateral relationship has suffered several high-profile setbacks. In April and May, Australian political leaders from all sides swiftly and forcefully condemned Indonesia’s execution of two Australian […]

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Guilt and shame linger over Indonesia’s 1965–66 killings

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Many Indonesians risked their lives to help fugitives from the anti-communist purges that marked the birth of the New Order regime—but, writes VANNESSA HEARMAN,  their stories remain untold. In spite of the extensive violence against the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in 1965–66, sections of the party’s leadership and activists, as well as its mass base, […]