Issue 7

The Indonesian Migrants of Davao and Cotabato

The more recent Indonesian migrants to the Philippines are collectively called Maroris by the natives of Davao. They are called Maroris because in coming to southern Mindanao, a lot of them went by way of […]

Issue 6

Vedi Hadiz on Indonesia

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As you know, we are having parliamentary elections in Indonesia on the 5th of April, and this should actually be a very good time to talk about leadership in Indonesia. The […]

Book Reviews

Book Review: Indonesia: The 2004 Elections and Beyond

Indonesia: The 2004 Elections and BeyondAdam Schwarz Singapore / Institute of Southeast Asian Studies / 2004 This monograph is a transcript of a lecture delivered by former Far Eastern Economic Review correspondent Adam Schwarz at the Institute of […]

Issue 4: Regional Economic Integration

Public Perceptions of Indonesia’s Crisis

This is an abridged version of “The Indonesian Crisis from ‘Krismon’ to ‘Kristal’: Perceptions of Social and Cultural Impacts in Jakarta and Semarang,” published in The Indonesian Quarterly, October 2002. The survey from which this […]

Issue 4: Regional Economic Integration

Indonesian Migrant Workers in Japan: Typology and Human Rights

Like other developing countries, Indonesia faces high unemployment, underemployment, and low wages. In Japan, despite great demand for unskilled labor created by the reluctance of highly qualified young workers to take blue collar jobs, Japanese […]

Issue 3: Nations and Stories

Towards Reinventing Indonesian Nationalist Historiography

         The 1965 publication of An Introduction to Indonesian Historiography (Soedjatmoko et al. 1965) was a remarkable accomplishment in view of the comparative paucity of scholarship on other Southeast Asian countries at the time. Since […]

Issue 3: Nations and Stories

The Chinese in the Collective Memory of the Indonesian Nation

Indonesians of Arab and Indian descent have experienced few problems in their relationship with Indonesians of indigenous ethnic backgrounds. Up until now,  these relationships have run smoothly (despite recent allegations made by the United States […]

Issue 3: Nations and Stories

Rusli Amran and the Rewriting of Minangkabau History

Rather than review Rusli Amran’s five books on West Sumatran history, this essay will serve as a brief introduction to Minangkabauist historical debates among so-called amateur historians in Indonesia. (All titles are given in English […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Illegal Logging – History and Lessons from Indonesia

          Illegal logging is now a common environmental issue which is debated internationally. It is said that the problem in Indonesia, Cambodia, Russia, Brazil, and certain African countries has become quite severe, with Indonesia experiencing […]

Issue 1

Studies in the Political Economy of New Order Indonesia

Farchan Bulkin  “State and Society: Indonesian Politics Under the New Order, 1966-1978” PhD dissertation / University of Washington / 1983  Mochtar Mas’Oed Ekonomi dan Struktur Politik Orde Baru 1966-71 (New Order Economy and Political Structure […]

Issue 1

In Golkar’s Grip

Why do high Golkar officials such as Syamsul Muarif, Ferry Mursyidan Baldan, and Slamet Effendi stubbornly shield their party leader, Akbar Tandjung? Why do they try to block the possible formation of a special committee […]

Issue 1

Police and Society in Political Turmoil

The dramatic arrest of Tommy Soeharto is the latest event to rock the political scene. The current cases, which link the police with Indonesia’s political turmoil, bring to mind the work of a famous British […]