Masjid Cheng Hoo in East Java

Who are Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese Muslims? What is their history and situation in contemporary Indonesia? Listen to the stories of religious tolerance and cultural diversity with Dr Jemma Purdey and Dr Hew Wai Weng at Talking Indonesia podcast.

In the news

  • In a more recent Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Charlotte Setijadi chats to cultural studies scholar Dr Meghan Downes about Indonesian youth, exploring whether they care about social inequality and environmental degradation or often misunderstood as allegedly more interested in malls and capturing the perfect selfie.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein last week issued a stern warning about Indonesia’s plans to revise its Criminal Code. Tim Mann looks at Hussein’s recent visit to Indonesia and questions whether the country’s engagement in the UN rights process is just window dressing.
  • Earlier this month, Indonesia and Australia signed a new defense cooperation agreement that puts the focus on the developing security relationship between two significant and capable actors in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Djarot Saiful Hidayat, the former governor of Jakarta and one of the most high-profile politicians in Indonesia, is running for governor of North Sumatra in elections to be held in June.
  • Is Indonesia catching up on cyberspace? Bart Hogeveen of ASPI writes the state of cyber engagement in the country, and President Jokowi’s commitment to make the country as one of the most vibrant and dynamic digital economies.
  • Director of the Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia Mohammad Faisal writes four key trends to watch in Indonesia’s economy this year.

On the blog

  • Get to know Fiona Bettesworth in this week’s Member Spotlight! Learn more about her latest social-entrepreneurial business, favorite cities in Indonesia, and her martabak manis combo.


  • Sydney, 10 March – The annual Australia Indonesia Awards are back! Book your ticket today and come along to the AIA’s night of nights to celebrate those who have made an incredible contribution to the Australia-Indonesia relationship.


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