Antonia Timmerman

Antonia Timmerman

Antonia Timmerman is an independent journalist reporting on migrant workers, LGBTQ communities, arts and culture, Taiwan and Southeast Asian affairs. She is a former finance reporter supplying intelligence news for Asia Pacific's capital market from Jakarta and Taipei. 100% Indonesian.

Show more

Latest from Antonia Timmerman

Indonesia’s Omnibus Law: Jakarta MRT partly shut as third day of protests turn violent

Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons after angry demonstrators in the capital set fires to tyres, road barriers and even bus stops.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:36PM

Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons after angry demonstrators in the capital set fires to tyres, road barriers and even bus stops.

Indonesia’s Omnibus Law: Jakarta MRT partly shut as third day of protests turn violent
Omnibus Law: Indonesian police launch ‘cyber patrols’ as protesters coordinate mass action

Three days of planned protests against the jobs-creation law began on Tuesday, even as the country struggles to get Covid-19 under control and with police launching ‘cyber patrols’ and ‘counter-narratives’ to stop them.

7 Oct 2020 - 9:38AM

Three days of planned protests against the jobs-creation law began on Tuesday, even as the country struggles to get Covid-19 under control and with police launching ‘cyber patrols’ and ‘counter-narratives’ to stop them.

Omnibus Law: Indonesian police launch ‘cyber patrols’ as protesters coordinate mass action
Racism in Indonesia: discriminated against over their hair and skin tone, Papuan models and make-up artists fight back on social media

Melanesian ancestry gives Papuans curly hair and darker skin than other Indonesians, who discriminate against them. Models and make-up artists from Papua use social media to fight for acceptance and against racism.

12 Oct 2020 - 10:52PM

Melanesian ancestry gives Papuans curly hair and darker skin than other Indonesians, who discriminate against them. Models and make-up artists from Papua use social media to fight for acceptance and against racism.

Racism in Indonesia: discriminated against over their hair and skin tone, Papuan models and make-up artists fight back on social media
Coronavirus leaves Indonesia’s mixed couples in limbo, separated for months by closed borders

In April, the Indonesian government barred foreign visitors from entering the country, leaving some expatriates with Indonesian families stranded.

24 Aug 2020 - 8:51AM

In April, the Indonesian government barred foreign visitors from entering the country, leaving some expatriates with Indonesian families stranded.

Coronavirus leaves Indonesia’s mixed couples in limbo, separated for months by closed borders
Hardships of rural Indonesian women shown in domestic helper film focusing on Taiwan

Help is on the Way, which follows the lives of four Indonesian women workers, is a story of the hardships that force rural Indonesian women to look for jobs abroad and how they fare working in a foreign society – in this case Taiwan.

21 Jun 2020 - 8:42AM

Help is on the Way, which follows the lives of four Indonesian women workers, is a story of the hardships that force rural Indonesian women to look for jobs abroad and how they fare working in a foreign society – in this case Taiwan.

Hardships of rural Indonesian women shown in domestic helper film focusing on Taiwan
Climate change the new battle for Taiwan’s women environmental activists, who fought for it to shed ‘Garbage Island’ label decades ago

More than 30 years ago, a group of women in Taiwan banded together to campaign for waste recycling. Now their focus is on reducing food waste and promoting green energy, as they pass the torch to a new generation of activists.

5 May 2020 - 12:45PM

More than 30 years ago, a group of women in Taiwan banded together to campaign for waste recycling. Now their focus is on reducing food waste and promoting green energy, as they pass the torch to a new generation of activists.

Climate change the new battle for Taiwan’s women environmental activists, who fought for it to shed ‘Garbage Island’ label decades ago
In Taiwan’s ‘container houses’ for migrant workers, coronavirus not the only health risk

While Taiwan has avoided a huge outbreak, activists doubt the government’s readiness to protect migrant workers, some of whom live in dorms of 30 people a room.

26 Apr 2020 - 2:23PM

While Taiwan has avoided a huge outbreak, activists doubt the government’s readiness to protect migrant workers, some of whom live in dorms of 30 people a room.

In Taiwan’s ‘container houses’ for migrant workers, coronavirus not the only health risk
The migrant workers in Taiwan learning new skills with dreams of leaving manual labour behind

Trapped in a system sometimes described as modern slavery, some migrant workers in Taiwan still manage to devote a portion of their precious free time to learning new skills that may one day better their lives.

4 Jan 2020 - 9:22PM

Trapped in a system sometimes described as modern slavery, some migrant workers in Taiwan still manage to devote a portion of their precious free time to learning new skills that may one day better their lives.

The migrant workers in Taiwan learning new skills with dreams of leaving manual labour behind
Taiwan more than ever a beacon for LGBT Asians after gay marriage law’s passage – ‘The difference between knowing there are a lot of people like you … and seeing it’

They go from Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and elsewhere to see for themselves what it is like to be homosexual yet feel secure, to see gay couples holding hands in public; some pay short visits, such as for October’s Pride parade, others stay long-term.

13 Nov 2019 - 7:00PM

They go from Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and elsewhere to see for themselves what it is like to be homosexual yet feel secure, to see gay couples holding hands in public; some pay short visits, such as for October’s Pride parade, others stay long-term.

Taiwan more than ever a beacon for LGBT Asians after gay marriage law’s passage – ‘The difference between knowing there are a lot of people like you … and seeing it’