Despite being one of the most important nations of the world, there is limited literature about Indonesia that is available to outsiders to understand this highly diverse yet dynamic region. As the Indonesian society goes through a phase of growing tension between conservative and liberal forces, rising economic inequality, and increasing alienation among the youth, this panel asks two writers — Indonesian and foreign — who have written extensively about Indonesia about their perspective on the country’s changing landscape.
Okky Madasari, visiting fellow at National University of Singapore, is an Indonesian award-winning novelist known for her exquisite portrayals of the social and political conditions in contemporary Indonesia. Her works focus on one overarching theme: resistance against injustice and the struggle for freedom and humanity.
Shivaji Das is a Singaporean author of three books of narrative non-fiction on travel, anthropology and arts. He has written extensively on Indonesia His work has been featured in newspapers and magazines such as the Jakarta Post, Panajournal Indonesia, TIME, The Economist. Shivaji is also the founder of the acclaimed Migrant & Refugee poetry contests in Malaysia and Singapore.
This event is moderated by Windu Lestari.
ADDRESS: 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645
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DATE AND TIME
22 Mar 2018, 7pm–8pm