A selection of projects and editorials I've been involved with:
Indonesia’s local spirits: alcohol’s history and geography in the world’s largest Muslim nation
Although alcohol is heavily taxed in the country and frowned upon in Islam, alcoholic drinks have long been a part of Indonesia’s many cultures. From arak to sopi to tuak, we take a look at the island nation’s indigenous tipples | Read article.
How Bali’s Chinese were accepted and integrated into island society
Chinese Indonesians in Jakarta and other regions often face persecution and discrimination, but those living on the Hindu majority island of Bali say they have never even felt like they were a minority. We look at a history of cultural integration | Read article.
Polygamy in Indonesia: why some men are promoting it again, and what a leading women’s rights expert thinks about that
It’s not illegal in Indonesia for a Muslim to have more than one wife, but it’s frowned upon; that hasn’t deterred pro-polygamy activists, whose activities a critic says are a sign of ‘moral panic’ about extramarital sex in the country | Read article.
Singapore’s lonely poets: migrant workers who feel excluded find their voice through writing
With few friends and little connection to locals, people like Zhang Haitao are expressing their feelings through poetry and writing, captured in Singaporean filmmaker Upneet Kaur-Nagpal’s documentary Poets on Permits. | Read article.
Father of accused in Kim Jong Nam's murder: 'My daughter was being used'
In an exclusive interview, Asria Nur Hasan, the father of Indonesian Siti Aisyah who is charged with the murder of North Korea's Kim Jong Nam, finally speaks out about her daughter's predicament. | Read article.
Mount Agung’s eruption is in the lap of the gods for Bali’s Hindu population
Since the volcanic alert, the Balinese have been praying for the safety of those who live near the ‘mother mountain’, the most sacred peak on the island and pivotal to its Hindu culture. | Read article.
Headbangers in Hijabs: inside Indonesia's heavy metal scene
From hijab-wearing female metal band Voice of Baceprot to the Hammersonic music festival that includes prayer breaks, Indonesia’s metalheads show that ‘the devil’s music’ doesn’t have to clash with their Islamic identity. | Read article.
How do Indonesians who dress as Hitler and Nazi soldiers justify their obsession?
Some Indonesians have no qualms showing respect for the strong image projected by Nazi Germany, saying it does not make them neo-Nazis. Are they just unable to fathom the horror of the time, or does the problem run deeper? | Read article.
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Books & other works
Been There Done That Got The T-Shirt
Fingerfun: A guide to fingerprinting art
Fingerfun is a creative fingerprinting art book for children and adults, authored by Singaporean artist, Christina Hong. In this book, I wrote children's poems and limericks to accompany the art works.
Fingerfun was published and distributed in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia.