Indonesian writer Martin Aleida lived and wrote through a dark chapter of Indonesia’s history. His new memoir “Romanticism in the Years of Violence” sheds new light on the oppression and stigma faced by journalists in Indonesia in the 1960s.
Putu Oka and Goenawan
Putu Oka Sukanta and Goenawan Muhammad reflect on Indonesia’s Years of Violence and their friendship with Martin Aleida. Supplementary material for “Indonesia’s Years of Violence”.
The Citizens’ Agenda: The Parties Respond
Nearly a year ago, we embarked on the Citizens’ Agenda: our quest to find out what our Singaporean community thinks are the most important issues facing Singapore, and then to write and commission articles on those subjects. Now, with Singapore’s General Election looming, we complete our journey by telling you how the political parties responded to the issues.
The Citizens’ Agenda: The Top 5 Issues by GE 2015 Constituencies
678 members of New Naratif’s community responded to stage 2 of The Citizens’ Agenda, and this is how they responded based on their constituency.
The Citizens’ Agenda: The Top 5 Issues and Results Analysis
678 members of New Naratif’s community responded to stage 2 of The Citizens’ Agenda, and they were very clear about the biggest issues facing Singapore and what they want politicians to talk about at the next election.
The 28 Most Important Issues Facing Singapore
In Stage 1 of The Citizens’ Agenda, New Naratif asked Singaporeans readers what they think are the most important issues facing Singapore, and what they’d like political candidates to talk about in the next general election. Here’s what our readers said (and didn’t say).
Writing May 13: The Weight of Our Sky
Hanna Alkaf’s novel The Weight of Our Sky is the first Malaysian young adult novel to be published internationally. It also deals with mental illness and the race riots that took place in Kuala Lumpur on 13 May 1969.
The Survival of Malay Fiction in Singapore
Despite it being the country’s national language, a dwindling number of writers in Singapore are writing in Malay. To reinvigorate the Malay fiction scene, it might be time to look outwards towards neighbouring markets.
Singapore’s Creative Underground Struggles for Space
The dynamics of Singapore’s property market could force a loved underground venue to vacate its current home. The situation—one that’s all too common on the island—shines a greater light on how structural pressures hurt the growth of alternative arts and music.
Akan Datang: It’s a bit of an odd one this week…
A weekly round-up of the stories to watch in Southeast Asia: Duterte goes on Facebook to prove he’s alive and well, Singaporeans worry about the leases on their flats, and a self-cloning lizard is found in Vietnam.