Life After the Mud: Ten Years of Indonesia's Mudflow Disaster - Foreign Policy

At 6 a.m., Muslimah, 45, steams rice and fries tempeh for her husband and children. After they eat, she dons a baseball cap and heads to work. Like many others in East Java who were displaced by the mud volcano, she drives an ojek, or motorcycle taxi. Her passengers are tourists, who flock to look upon the blighted landscape she once called home...

Revisiting an Indonesian Massacre 50 Years On - Al Jazeera English

No one told Soe Tjen Marching about the anti-communist killings. Growing up in Surabaya, East Java, under the dictator Suharto's "New Order", her schoolbooks told her that in the dark of night on September 30, 1965, an Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) cadre kidnapped and murdered six army generals in an attempted coup...

How 'Survivor' Became a Fishing Village's Biggest Industry - The Cambodia Daily

The contestants are alone in the jungle, fighting to be the last one standing. But even the survivor eventually leaves the island. And when that happens, well, an entire village remains. Sok San, a fishing community of some 360 residents on this 7,800-hectare island, boasts an unusual business. For the past four years, it has served as a production base...

Shacking Up: In a Village, a Boy Revives a Vanishing 'Groom Hut' Tradition - The Cambodia Daily

Perched on stilts 2 meters off the ground, a bamboo hut stands out amid homes of unpainted wood. A sarong, a belt and a pair of boxer shorts hang out to dry over the porch railings. This isn’t your average bachelor pad. In these hills of Ratanakkiri, indigenous Kreung tribes traditionally build a girl or boy their own hut when they come of age...

Sinking In: A Family Stands as Development Project Buries Their House in Sand - The Cambodia Daily

At the edge of this expanse of barren land, a house lies buried, filled almost to its roof with sand. This is the Khin family home, the last in their village after more than 3,000 families were evicted from the area to make way for development. It’s hard to imagine it now, but this mostly empty stretch of sand in northern Phnom Penh was once a large lake...

Solidarité: French-Cambodians and the Paris Terror Attacks - The Cambodia Daily

It was Friday night and Parisians were out in the 10th arrondissement, a once gritty, working-class immigrant district now home to a lively cafe and bar scene. Across from popular bar Le Carillon, Le Petit Cambodge was serving bowls of rice noodles and curry to its young, urban clientele...

 

News/Analysis

 

What Happened to Indonesia's Answer to Obama? - Foreign Policy
In July 2014, I posted to social media a photo of my fingers dipped in purple ink, raised in an exultant two-finger salute: I had just cast my vote for Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi...

Haze Epicenter Receives Environmental Award in Indonesia - Mongabay
The Indonesian government on Friday bestowed the annual Adipura Awards to 143 cities and districts across the country. The awards, conceived as an incentive for local governments to commit to green...

Military Sent to Clear Fish Farms in Lake Toba - Mongabay
From the shore, the fish farmers looked on as soldiers dismantled their floating cages. These community-owned tilapia farms had been the main source of income in Sualan — a village of 45 families...

Environmentalists Squirm as Jokowi Eyes Tourism Bonanza - Mongabay
Driving down a winding road here in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, one finally arrives at the sweeping vista of Lake Toba. Ringed with pine-studded hills, the volcanic lake was thronged with tourists...

Why Did Millions of Fish Turn Up Dead at Lake Toba? - Mongabay
On the morning of May 4, the fish farmers of Haranggaol were waking up to feed the tilapia and carp they raise in floating cages here on Indonesia’s Lake Toba. But when they got to the shore...

Imperiled Earth: Cambodia's Indigenous Most Vulnerable to Climate Change - The Cambodia Daily
Kam Put remembers when his village was surrounded by lush forest. “But now,” he said, “only 20 percent is left.” Mr. Put, 31, is ethnic Lun, one of eight indigenous minority groups in Ratanakkiri province...

New Report Spotlights Hidden Workforce Behind Global Brands - The Cambodia Daily
Global brands rely on a hidden workforce within their supply chains to avoid responsibility for poor working conditions and abuse, according to a new report from the International Trade Union Confederation...

Lack of Lady Leaders Hinders Labor Movement - The Cambodia Daily
Although about 86 percent of the country’s more than 600,000 garment workers are women, the majority of union leaders are men—and they don’t visit the ladies’ room...

Trilateral Agreement Signed to Combat Human Trafficking - The Cambodia Daily
Cambodia signed an agreement with Vietnam and Laos during a meeting on Thursday to enhance efforts to fight human trafficking—with Vietnam reporting at the meeting that police discovered nearly 90 trafficking rings...

NGOs Call for Amendment to Nation’s Domestic Violence Law - The Cambodia Daily
A decade after the country’s domestic violence law was passed, the government continues to fail victims of abuse, a coalition of NGOs said in a statement released Friday...

Study Highlights Scourge of Domestic Violence in Cambodia - The Cambodia Daily
In Kompong Thom province last year, a 24-year-old woman was tied up and beaten before her husband doused her with acid. Last week in Kandal province, a 21-year-old was stabbed to death...

Activists Decry US Deportation of Cambodians - The Cambodia Daily
In 2002, Washington and Phnom Penh signed a repatriation treaty that allowed the U.S. to de­port Cambodian-Americans back to Cambodia, a country many had never seen...

Spring Festival a Display of China's Soft Power in Cambodia - The Cambodia Daily
It was a spectacle: Traditional and modern Khmer and Chinese music enraptured as hundreds of dancers took to the stage in elaborate costumes—and with literally flying colors...

Indonesian Migrant Workers in Hong Kong Denied Vote - The Diplomat
The election, perhaps the most fiercely contested in Indonesia’s history, was also the most exciting: rousing volunteers, social media commentators, and almost 135 million voters. But not all got their chance to participate...

As Parliament Abolishes Direct Election, An Elegy to Indonesian Democracy - The Diplomat
Earlier this month, Indonesia was what The New York Times lauded as Southeast Asia’s “role model for democracy.” By Friday night, one couldn’t be so sure. After a fiercely lengthy debate...

Will Indonesia Stop Executing Drug Mules and Start Using Them as Informants? - VICE
Mary Jane Veloso departed from the Philippines five years ago, excited at the opportunity to earn a little more income as a domestic worker and provide better for her two children...

Prabowo, Postcolonialism and a Mental Revolution in Indonesia - The Jakarta Globe
Prabowo uses postcolonialism in his campaign by pointing at the looming threat of “foreigners,” “the West,” and “neoliberalism,” to play on Indonesian minds still wary of colonial oppression...

National Tourism Initiative Provides Bounty for Villagers - The Jakarta Globe
A quaint village overlooking the temple and with views of the five mountains in the region, Candirejo has been a tourism village since 2003, but Tatak said the PNPM funding helped...

 

Arts/Culture

 

Ijen Crater: Beyond Scenery, Toils of Sulphur Miners - National Geographic Traveler Indonesia
Last August, the four of us climbed Mount Ijen in East Java. We began hiking at 2 a.m., to witness the blue fire visible only at nighttime. At sunrise, we wanted to see the turqoise lake...

A High Profile Crown Heist Puts Thai Artist in Jeopardy - VICE
The Chinese Museum at the Chateau de Fontainebleau, about an hour's drive from Paris, is filled with artifacts gifted—or looted—during the reign of Napoleon III...

Surviving Genocide and Telling a Cambodian Story Through Film - Broadly
Sitting in a cafe in Phnom Penh, Kulikar Sotho sips tea as she raves about her favourite film, the Japanese classic Rashomon, and—although "his films are not anywhere my style"—the brash and brazen Quentin Tarantino...

Cambodian Son: The Dark Poetry of a US Deportee - The Cambodia Daily
Prisoner-turned-poet Khiev Ko­sal isn’t your typical bard. Born in a Thai refugee camp after his family fled the Khmer Rouge, Khiev Ko­sal found asylum in the U.S. Growing up in Southern California, however, he followed his cousins...

Garment Workers Tell Their Own Stories in New Documentary - The Cambodia Daily
Sorn Samnang, 26, has worked in the garment industry for nine years, shifting between five factories and barely making enough to survive. The story of her life—and that of some 700,000 garment workers in the country—may be familiar...

Urban History Project Gives Voice to White Building Residents - The Cambodia Daily
The paint is peeling, water is leaking and, in some places, the building is literally crumbling, Tum Ratha laments. The 62-year-old lives among some 600 families in the historic “White Building”...

A Lost Legacy? Through an Architect's Life, A Story of the City and Country - The Cambodia Daily
Sitting in his Phnom Penh home surrounded by his writings, Vann Molyvann spoke slowly but poignantly, said film director Christopher Rompre, who began interviewing Cambodia’s most celebrated architect...

Through Intimate Photographs, Bringing Acid Attack Survivors Out of the Dark - The Cambodia Daily
Srey Oun was at a market in Kandal province when a woman rushed up to her and doused her with acid—a jealousy-fueled attacked that caused the 36-year-old mother to lose one eye...

Transgender Sex Workers Battle Stigma, Poverty in Short Film - The Cambodia Daily
Krel Pao looks in the mirror as she powders her face and puts on lipstick. Ms. Pao, 40, is a self-identified “ladyboy” and a sex worker who is battling HIV...

Simple Stories: The Rise of Cambodian Independent Cinema - The Cambodia Daily
Amid the racket of Phnom Penh traffic, a girl watches street life unfold from the safe confines of her car. The spell is broken when two children approach to sell her strings of jasmine...

Street Art Revives Phnom Penh's Sidelined Neighborhood - The Cambodia Daily
Crouched amid rubble, a 16-year-old boy draws a portrait of the late crooner Sinn Sisamouth on a wall. As the portrait of the 1960s music legend takes shape in black and white paint...

Cambodian Contemporary Artists Question French Colonial Legacy - The Cambodia Daily
Through the streets of Paris, a woman clad in a glimmering red chador walked amid bewildered passersby, photo-bombing tourists at the Eiffel Tower and inadvertently joining protesters...

Tug of War Pulls Its Way Onto UN Cultural Heritage List - The Cambodia Daily
Heaving along with over a dozen men, Hem Piseth would yell “Struggle!” as he and his team pulled on a thick rope in a raucous bout of tug-of-war...

US Holocaust Museum to Show Khmer Rouge Exhibits - The Cambodia Daily
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is hosting two exhibitions on atrocities under the Khmer Rouge regime. The first, “Cambodia 1975-1979,” which chronicles life under the regime...

Steve McCurry's Photos Display Domestic Workers' Resilience - The Cambodia Daily
When Haryatin returned to her village in Indonesia after working in Saudi Arabia as a maid, she was blind. Her employer had hit her with a metal pipe, causing her to lose sight in both eyes...

From Madagascar to Indonesia, Photographing Indian Ocean Voyages - The Cambodia Daily
One stormy day, Swiss photographer Beat Presser looked out at the small silhouettes of traditional dhow sailboats drifting off the coast of Tanzania...

Urban Visions Showcased at Community Art Gallery - The Cambodia Daily
“Open City, Open Mind”—The Asia Foundation Community Art Gallery’s second exhibition—seeks to spark discussion about development in Phnom Penh by showcasing imaginative explorations of what the capital could look like...

A Survivor's Scars: Documentary on Former Khmer Rouge Prisoner - The Cambodia Daily
At a seaside fish market in Kampot province, a man grabs a basket of fish, swirling it in the ocean to clean it. His hands are lined by the toils of a fisherman. His right hand, we see, is missing a knuckle...

Found Photography Project Unearths Khmer Rouge-Era Memories - The Cambodia Daily
When Charles Fox began documenting old Cambodian family photographs, his initial aim was to capture the country’s social transition through the lens of these intimate snapshots...

Between War and Family: Film Tells Tale of Timor Refugees - The Jakarta Globe
Eleven years after the bloody conflict comes family-friendly film “Tanah Air Beta” (“My Motherland”), which dramatizes a refugee family’s struggle to reunite while coping with poverty...

LGBTQ Community Gets an On-Screen Superhero - The Jakarta Globe
When a faraway nation is threatened by the potential reign of a tyrannical and homophobic presidential candidate, an unlikely mascara-wielding hero must fulfill his destiny...

At City Bus Terminal, A School for Street Children - The Jakarta Globe
Walk into the Depok bus terminal, snake through the rowdy blue angkots and the maze of kiosks selling instant coffee and cigarettes and you’ll find a collection of small green buildings...

A Bittersweet Future: Hawaii's Sugar Mills and Asian-American Legacy - Preservation Nation
“Sugar formed the landscape in Hawaii,” Harrison Yamamoto says. “From the mountains to the beach, it was all fields.” Hawaii’s history—and Yamamoto’s family history—is steeped in sugar...

Parthenon Marbles Loan: Can Culture Transcend Russia-West Conflict? - The Moscow Times
While the West is eager to punish Putin over Ukraine, many were outraged when the British Museum decided to lend Russia one of the most esteemed vestiges of Western art and civilization: the Parthenon marbles...

Not Stopping That United Sound: Highway Threatens Detroit's Motown Studio - The Huffington Post
United Sound System: it's where Detroit got its Motown sound. One of the first independent recording studios in the U.S., United Sound was where Berry Gordy Jr. first produced his Motown record...

 

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