Julia Suryakusuma


She was born in India (Jul 19, 1954), and currently lives in Jakarta

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Currently known as one of Indonesia’s leading and most outspoken opinion-makers, Julia Suryakusuma – columnist, author, activist, feminist, cultural critic – is hard to pigeon-hole. Being Indonesian, but born in India and raised in Europe (UK, Hungary, and Italy) following her parents who worked as diplomats, she was always a foreigner abroad and a stranger in her own country, which made it possible for her to constantly look at things from different perspectives.

As a columnist (writing for the Jakarta Post, the International Herald Tribune, The Daily Yomiuri, NRC Handelsblad, among others), she always tries to “generate a debate” on the most pressing social, political and cultural issues affecting Indonesia.
She is the author of “Sex, Power and Nation: an Anthology of Writings, 1979-2003 (Metafor, 2004), and “Julia’s Jihad” (Prunsoop, 2009, in Korean, and Mizan, 2010 in Indonesian; in English, forthcoming in 2011), and lives in Jakarta.1

  1. Nu, Gender & Excellence 


Julia’s Jihad
Collection of Short Stories
564 page(s), Komunitas Bambu
Agama, Seks, & Kekuasaan
Collection of Short Stories
524 page(s), Komunitas Bambu

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What Media Say

Julia and Feminism by Nur Alfiyah — Tempo English (Apr 12, 2021)