What Media Says

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

Jul 25, 2010 / The Jakarta Post
on Andrea Hirata

Andrea Hirata: Savoring a taste of home

Novelist Andrea Hirata says that spending hours hanging out in coffee shops in his home village Gantung, Belitung, has given him a lot of ideas for his books. That is why he likes to spend ...
Jul 19, 2010 / The Jakarta Post
on Reda Gaudiamo

Reda Gaudiamo: Behind glossy magazines

Reda Gaudiamo grew up reading magazines. Even before she started school, Reda’s mother bought her the classic children’s magazine Si Kuncung. In the second grade, she read the first edition of Kawanku. In the fourth ...
Jul 11, 2010 / The Jakarta Globe
on Clara Ng

My Jakarta: Clara Ng, Writer

Clara Ng has published about 40 books, from complex novels to easy-to-read pop trilogies, but she is best known for her fairy tales, with some of her more popular works having been translated into English. Clara’s newest book, “Dongeng Tujuh Menit” (“The Seven-Minute Tales”), will be released this year. Today, she talks about the benefits of daydreaming and explains why parents shouldn’t worry if their children have an imaginary friend.
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.”
May 18, 2010 / CRCS UGM
on Melani Budianta

Melanie Budianta: Sustainability Gender and Multiculturalism in Indonesia

CRCS: How far can the narrative voice give power to people who are discriminated, especially women, in Indonesia? Melani: The real narrative is all around us, but it is still voiceless. “Narration” could be buried alone. There are mothers who kept diary, or kept records about their daily experiences in their heart. Nevertheless, minorities are more capable in keeping their own self-censoring. However, the narrative contains knowledge that perhaps could fill the big narratives of the state. Therefore, it is important to find their narrative and voice. If the person does not have a position to voice out, it is important to find someone else to help his or her voice heard. For example, my elder sister, Ibu Yunita, if she is invited to speak in a seminar about her research about farming, he often brought along a farmer to the campus. Then the farmer speaks in the academic forum. Oftentimes, it touches many people because so far people often hear topics only from the researchers.
Apr 04, 2010 / The Jakarta Post
on Mochtar Lubis

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 his students at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Cultural Studies. Most have devoured his works, such as the collections of poems DukaMu Abadi (Your Eternal Sorrow, 1969), Mata Pisau (Blade, 1974) and Hujan Bulan Juni (June Rain, 1994). You couldn’t consider yourself one of his disciples if you hadn’t memorized his poems verbatim.
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 ...