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Indonesian-Chinese who grew up ‘out-of-wedlock’ in Suharto era relive ‘trauma’ through new book

Thousands of Indonesian-Chinese children born in the 1970s to 1980s were classified as ‘out-of-wedlock’ at a time when Chinese identity was suppressed A new book about the stateless Indonesian-Chinese has resonated with readers of the ethnic group who grew up during President Suharto’s rule It … [Read more...]

7 Questions for Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Q The Booker Prize website has this wonderful line on its page about your collection: “Powerful blend of science fiction, absurdism and alternative-historical realism that aims to destabilise the heteronormative world and expose its underlying rot.” Reading these stories, I see the evidence of … [Read more...]

Award-winning author Norman Erikson Pasaribu discusses ‘Happy Stories, Mostly’

Winning the 2015 Jakarta Arts Council (DKJ) Poetry Book Competition, the author rocketed in 2022 with a short story collection, Cerita-cerita Bahagia, Hampir Seluruhnya (Happy Stories, Mostly). However, all that glitters might not be gold. Author Norman Erikson Pasaribu garnered quite the … [Read more...]

Norman Erikson Pasaribu Masters the Art of the Short Story in Their Collection ‘Happy Stories, Mostly’

Norman Erikson Pasaribu is an Indonesian poet whose work is both playful and intricate. Their first poetry book to be translated into English (by Tiffany Tsao, who also translated Happy Stories), Sergius Seeks Bacchus, won the pair a PEN Translates award. Pasaribu is also a translator and editor, … [Read more...]

Petty Pandean-Elliott Sets The Indonesian Table

Featuring 150 accessible recipes, interspersed with recollections of her culinary journeys throughout the archipelago, the latest book by Petty Pandean-Elliott, ‘The Indonesian Table’, is a love letter both to a country and its cuisine. Over her now 20-year career, Petty Pandean-Elliott has … [Read more...]