A system of aged care focused on filial responsibility unduly burdens women. The social protection system needs a bigger role.
On the sidelines of Changi Prison lies a fissure in an environment engineered to “invisibilise” Singapore’s social divides.
Artists at the Makassar Biennale grapple with the social and environmental consequences of land reclamation.
A look at the life of the photographer whose work captivated European audiences' looking for images of the 'exotic' Indies.
A close look at the blocking of Pita’s appointment shows how conservatives are happy to cut legal corners to thwart reformist politics.
Student activists who energised pro-democracy protests are busily translating and disseminating anti-authoritarian books.
Indonesia’s encounter with the “plasticene” has led to a naïve and hasty government effort to rebrand waste as an asset.
Retired police and military officers find easy paths into politics thanks to parties' perceptions of them as vote magnets.
There is a strong case for supporting the study of Indonesian history and cultures in Australian universities.
Prabowo’s analogy likening the nation to a football team puts a new spin on old arguments that there’s no place for opposition in Indonesian politics.
Jakarta’s recovery of legal powers over mining have robbed local politicians of the ability to respond to public demands to address the sector’s social costs.
Pragmatic political interests lie behind the promotion of ‘moderate’ Islam in both countries.
REVIEWS & NEWS
A recent exhibition showcased Myanmar artists' responses to the coup and resistance to it.
A look back on New Mandala's greatest hits of 2022 as the site takes a summer hiatus.
After six decades of federation, it’s time to bring minorities back into the vision of what, and who, the Malaysian national project is about.
Economic redistribution should start from giving workers bargaining power long denied to them.
The UMNO era is over, but its political economy model and the social conflicts it created still set the terms of the new politics.
OTHER COUNTRIESOUR ARCHIVE
At a graveyard beside the Indian Ocean lies insight into Australia’s ongoing multicultural history and heritage
New analysis shows how a surge of online resistance in the countryside faded amid fear and self-censorship.