“Indonesian literature is gaining traction. More slowly than we might want, but it’s an upward trajectory.”

By Intan Paramaditha
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The author of the essay collection Brown Album on living in New York and searching for identity in exile during the worldwide pandemic.

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There is no equity in silence.

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A chapter from Year of the Rabbit, a graphic novel memoir of one family’s life under the Khmer Rouge

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In her debut collection Shahr-e-jaanaan, Adeeba Shahid Talukder asks: What would happen if we smashed the unjust barriers between profane and sacred, wretchedness and beauty, human and God?

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perhaps, every day is always a ‘perhaps’, a ‘maybe’, for queer people in Indonesia, since every day is a fight, a faith, a hope

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The author of The Magical Language of Others, a heart-wrenching story of parent-child separation, speaks to the linguistic, historical, emotional surprises in writing her memoir.

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In the Texas prison system, my name is Chino. You will not know who I am unless you are immediate family or one of my few friends.

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Imagine the tens of millions of years that American prisons have stolen, woven back into society.

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The green fruit would collect on the ground before we threw them to be devoured with the fervor we reserved for galas and granny smiths.

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“Giving women voice” does not necessarily mean they will be heard or believed. From feminist refusal in Chang-Rae Lee’s A Gesture Life to the quiet resistance of comfort women statues.

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Young Asian Americans hit the streets to link arms supporting Black Lives Matter

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From the crop fields in the 1900s to modern-day hospitals, the history of Filipinos in the U.S. is a story of survival and resistance.

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A New York writer shares her tale to demystify the virus, to show people that someone they knew had it and survived, and to offer hope.

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A headline buried deep inside the paper catches my eye. “They’re extending AFSPA for another six months in Assam,” I announce. She nods, and continues to massage the green beans in her bowl.

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Mishima’s Patriotism reveals the drives operating behind political movements and how ultranationalistic ideas become deeply entangled in the personal

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In a new collection from A World Without Cages, seven writers reflect on building a different future while holding the weight of the past

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Two women write about imprisonment, one from the outside and one from the inside.

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Mom and I would share toast, shedding crumbs all over the bed while I asked her other questions, like if it was possible to move things with your eyes, what the word “fuck” meant, if angels existed or if she could tell me the story about when she and Dad got me from Nanchang.

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There’s no shame in loving durian at this New York City haven.

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To fix myself, it seems, is to become a ghost of myself.

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The author of the essay collection Brown Album on living in New York and searching for identity in exile during the worldwide pandemic.

Essays

Young Asian Americans hit the streets to link arms supporting Black Lives Matter

Essays

There is no equity in silence.

Essays

From the crop fields in the 1900s to modern-day hospitals, the history of Filipinos in the U.S. is a story of survival and resistance.

Essays

A chapter from Year of the Rabbit, a graphic novel memoir of one family’s life under the Khmer Rouge

Essays

A New York writer shares her tale to demystify the virus, to show people that someone they knew had it and survived, and to offer hope.

Essays

In her debut collection Shahr-e-jaanaan, Adeeba Shahid Talukder asks: What would happen if we smashed the unjust barriers between profane and sacred, wretchedness and beauty, human and God?

Essays

A headline buried deep inside the paper catches my eye. “They’re extending AFSPA for another six months in Assam,” I announce. She nods, and continues to massage the green beans in her bowl.

Essays

perhaps, every day is always a ‘perhaps’, a ‘maybe’, for queer people in Indonesia, since every day is a fight, a faith, a hope

Essays

Mishima’s Patriotism reveals the drives operating behind political movements and how ultranationalistic ideas become deeply entangled in the personal

Essays

The author of The Magical Language of Others, a heart-wrenching story of parent-child separation, speaks to the linguistic, historical, emotional surprises in writing her memoir.

Essays

In a new collection from A World Without Cages, seven writers reflect on building a different future while holding the weight of the past

Essays

In the Texas prison system, my name is Chino. You will not know who I am unless you are immediate family or one of my few friends.

Essays

Two women write about imprisonment, one from the outside and one from the inside.

Essays

Imagine the tens of millions of years that American prisons have stolen, woven back into society.

Essays

Mom and I would share toast, shedding crumbs all over the bed while I asked her other questions, like if it was possible to move things with your eyes, what the word “fuck” meant, if angels existed or if she could tell me the story about when she and Dad got me from Nanchang.

Essays

The green fruit would collect on the ground before we threw them to be devoured with the fervor we reserved for galas and granny smiths.

Essays

There’s no shame in loving durian at this New York City haven.

Essays

“Giving women voice” does not necessarily mean they will be heard or believed. From feminist refusal in Chang-Rae Lee’s A Gesture Life to the quiet resistance of comfort women statues.

Essays

To fix myself, it seems, is to become a ghost of myself.