What Media Say

Indonesian writers as seen on English/foreign-language media. See also Media Clippings.

Jun 17, 2010 / The Jakarta Globe
on Hendri Yulius

My Jakarta: Hendri Yulius Wijaya, Male Feminist, Author

And you’re an author as well? “Metamorphose” is the story of my mother’s life. It’s about her life. It’s a good story to promote gender equality because my mother was born into a poor family and she experienced domestic violence beginning at a young age, unwanted marriage and unwanted pregnancy, and she survived. I’m a contributor to Change magazine and Bhinneka, a pluralism magazine, and I’m finishing my thesis. I’ve also written two language books in Indonesian. “Korean Language for Beginners” and the new one is “Chinese Grammar for Beginners.”
Apr 04, 2010 / The Jakarta Post
on Mochtar Lubis (1922-2004)

A Fresh look at the legacy of Mochtar Lubis

Does Indonesia have any good journalists? We have plenty for sure. But do we have a good journalist who is a letter writer and artist as well as a rabble-rouser who continues to press for ...
Mar 31, 2010 / The Jakarta Post
on Sapardi Djoko Damono

Sapardi Djoko Damono: 70 … and still kicking

He is too famous and too important as a living legend and poet for authoritative critics not to mention his name whenever they discuss Indonesian contemporary literature. Sapardi Djoko Damono is the perfect idol for ...
Mar 31, 2010 / AAUW
on Intan Paramaditha

Meet Intan Paramaditha: Cinema Studies Doctoral Candidate

Intan Paramaditha, a 2007–08 International Fellow from Indonesia, began conducting background research for her dissertation in cinema studies at New York University in 2007. As a published author and former literature professor at the University ...
Sep 23, 2009 / Personal Blog
on Intan Paramaditha

Mad Woman In The Attic (An Interview with Intan Paramaditha)

Trivia question: Name a female graduate studmaam intanent of English Department-University of Indonesia ’97 who has made it to become an emerging gothic story author. Stumped? What if we tell you that she used to ...
Sep 04, 2009 / The Jakarta Globe
on Bre Redana

My Jakarta: Bre Redana, Kompas Sunday Editor

Bre Redana is the man behind the Sunday edition of Kompas, the country’s leading national newspaper. Having been at the paper’s Arts and Culture desk for 29 years, Bre lives and breathes Indonesia. Our conversation ...
Jun 21, 2009 / The Jakarta Post
on Ahmad Tohari

Ahmad Tohari: “If only our leaders read literary works”

Ahmad Tohari is very familiar to all literary buffs as a novelist, short story writer and essayist critical of various social and religious issues. With a big name through his 1982 village dancer trilogy, Ronggeng ...
Dec 01, 2008 / The Daily Star, Lebanon
on Ayu Utami Clara Ng Dee Lestari Djenar Maesa Ayu

In Indonesia, ‘anti-porn’ may curtail basic freedoms

Recently, Indonesia’s Parliament passed an “anti-porn” bill, which bans anyone from wearing clothes or promoting material that could incite “sexual desire.” Although regulations regarding pornography are important, there is some concern that there will be ...
Nov 16, 2008 / The Jakarta Post
on Azhari Aiyub

Azhari: The author of Aceh

Melancholia has always been close to Acehnese writer Azhari. During the oppressive military occupation in his homeland, he voiced his people’s woes through short stories. The sad events during the war between the military and ...
Sep 27, 2008 / The Jakarta Post
on Hamsad Rangkuti

Hamsad Rangkuti: Long journey of a short-story master

There was no library in Kisaran, North Sumatra, where Hamsad Rangkuti, the recipient of the Southeast Asian Writers Award 2008, lived as a child. As he could not afford to buy newspapers, and so visited the local administration's office to read the Sunday editions of local newspapers that were put on the wall. There he read the works of journalists and authors, including great Russian and American authors like Anton Chekov, Maxim Gorky, Ernest Hemingway and O. Henry, who incited his interest in becoming a writer.