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Indonesian queer histories as solace and resistance

A colonial record’s hint at a forbidden lesbian relationship is a reminder of the potential for historical research to uncover queer life in Indonesia’s past and present

Chinese financing dovetails with Indonesian developmentalism

China’s modes of foreign economic cooperation are tailor-made for the Jokowi-era political economy

Rohingya refugees facing a hostile reception in Aceh

Boat arrivals cause frictions in coastal communities amid signs of a policy shift towards deterrence

Jokowi consolidates influence over TNI as elections loom

Personal connections to the president dating back to his mayorship of Solo have proven a career asset to senior military officers.

Caring for an aging Malaysia: beyond gender and filial norms

A system of aged care focused on filial responsibility unduly burdens women. The social protection system needs a bigger role.

The land moves west

Artists at the Makassar Biennale grapple with the social and environmental consequences of land reclamation.

Jokowi’s post-election game plan

The president has put all his chips on Prabowo in the hopes of securing influence beyond 2024. Will it work?

Of prison blocks and condos

On the sidelines of Changi Prison lies a fissure in an environment engineered to “invisibilise” Singapore’s social divides.