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Clara Ng


A writer who is known for both adult fiction and children’s literature. During her childhood in Jakarta, Clara Ng enjoyed reading and read at an advanced rate. After finishing her primary and secondary education in Indonesia, during which time she took up writing, Clara Ng went to the United States to study at Ohio State University. After her graduation in 1997, she worked in the US for a year before returning to Indonesia to work at a shipping company. After three years working there, in which time she married and had two miscarriages, Clara Ng quit to become a professional writer. Her first novel, Tujuh Musim Setahun (Seven Seasons in a Year; 2002), sold poorly, but her subsequent trilogy Indiana Chronicle was better received. Since then, she has released several novels, as well as numerous short stories (including one anthology) and twenty-one children’s books, and some collections of fairytales.Clara Ng, who is a stay at home mother, writes in her spare time at home. Her topics are different depending on the genre she is writing in; her adult-oriented works often deal with minority groups, while her children’s books are meant to teach empathy. Her children’s works have won three Adhikarya Awards from the Indonesian Publishers Association, and LGBT groups have praised her novel Gerhana Kembar (Twin Eclipse; 2007) for avoiding stereotyping the group. However, some educators have protested the lack of an explicit moral message in her children’s books.1

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Dru dan Kisah Lima Kerajaan
(Dru and the Tale of Five Kingdoms)
208 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
All Women Have Affairs & Other Stories
Collection of Short Stories
166 page(s), BTW Books
Gerhana Kembar
(Twin Eclipse)
366 page(s), Elex Media Komputindo
Dunia Di Dalam Mata
Collection of Short Stories
282 page(s), Motion Publishing
Un Soir du Paris
Collection of Short Stories
144 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama

In the Headlines

Translating Gender Fluidity in Clara Ng’s “Meteors”

Words Without Borders / As Seen On
Mar 18, 2019

Interview: Clara Ng

Buah Zine / What Media Says
Mar 06, 2019

7 Female Authors Taking Indonesian Literature Worldwide

Culture Trip, The / As Seen On
Mar 05, 2019

Interiors and Interpretations: New Writing from Indonesia

Words Without Borders / As Seen On
Mar 05, 2019


Words Without Borders / Translations
Mar 05, 2019

Literature is the new cool

Jakarta Post / As Seen On
Dec 19, 2017

Crossing Boundaries: New voices from Indonesia

ABC Radio National / As Seen On
Oct 17, 2016

The Story of a Tongue

IDWRITERS / Translations
Oct 14, 2016


IDWRITERS / Translations
Aug 01, 2015

My Jakarta: Clara Ng, Writer

Jakarta Globe / What Media Says
Jul 11, 2010


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Dec 01, 2008


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Aug 21, 2008

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