About Monika Winarnita

Dr Monika Winarnita is currently a Researcher in the Australian Research Council Discovery and Linkage ‘New Beats’ project about redundant Australian journalists with comparative international studies (Canada, Indonesia, the Netherlands) in the Communications and Media Department. She also teaches ‘Critical Issues in Contemporary Asia’ in Asian Studies at La Trobe.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

A group of Southeast Asian descendants wants to be recognised as Indigenous Australians

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In 1826, an English merchant, Alexander Hare, brought a group of people from Malaysia and Indonesia as well as South Africa and New Guinea to an atoll northwest of mainland Australia in the Indian Ocean. Hare took them to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands as indentured workers, slaves and/or convicts. A year later, a Scottish rival, […]


Ubud bans put the spotlight back on Indonesia’s killing fields

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Fifty years on, many Indonesians involved in the massacres of communists following an attempted coup have no regrets about their role in the killings. NICHOLAS HERRIMAN and MONIKA WINARNITA explain. Last month the Indonesian government banned several sessions at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival that had been set to discuss and launch important new […]

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Seafood, sate, and spouses—giving and receiving among the Cocos Malays

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NICHOLAS HERRIMAN and MONIKA WINARNITA enter into the spirit of gift-giving among the Cocos Malays. Giving and receiving play a huge role in the life of Australia’s Cocos Malays. This struck home for us when returning from fieldwork in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. After the long, turbulent flight, we collected our luggage and a special […]