A Pre-War “Mixed” Marriage

Feb 15th, 2011, by Arie Brand, 18 comments

Willem Walraven & Family in Indonesia

I have translated part of a story entitled “The Clan” in which Willem Walraven tells us about his Indonesian in-laws. In the part I have translated we are told how he met his Sundanese wife Itih.

Surabaya Johnny

Nov 28th, 2010, by Arie Brand, 34 comments

Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill

Is there any non-Indonesian song that has the name of an Indonesian city in its very title? The only one I can think of (and if it is not the only one it is certainly the most famous one) is Brecht and Weill’s “Surabaya Johnny”.

Indonesia’s Claims to Papua

Oct 30th, 2010, by Arie Brand, 100 comments

The tangled logic of the state of Indonesia’s assertion of sovereignity over western Papua.

Raymond Westerling

May 21st, 2010, by Ross, 59 comments

Captain Westerling, hero in a struggle against Javanese imperialism in Indonesia or Dutch villain.

Film Merah Putih

Aug 24th, 2009, by Ross, 107 comments

Review of the film Merah Putih, the Indonesian independence war against the Dutch.

Dutch War Crimes

Sep 9th, 2008, by Lairedion, 827 comments

The Dutch state being sued over war crimes at Rawagede, West Java.

May 1998 Jakarta Riots

May 16th, 2008, by Guest Writer, 137 comments

The May 1998 riots in Jakarta and other Indonesian cities, mass rapes, anti-Chinese sentiment, and how the rioters came to be viewed.

Classic Literature Reading Lists

May 5th, 2008, by Guest Writer, 14 comments

Indonesians are being denied much of the country’s greatest literature, for political reasons.

Territorial Claims & Rights

Apr 11th, 2008, by Guest Writer, 34 comments

On what gives countries the rights to make territorial claims.

Communist Victory

Feb 4th, 2008, by Achmad Sudarsono, 32 comments

What if there had been a communist victory in 1965.

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