Randy Mulyanto

Randy Mulyanto

Randy Mulyanto is an Indonesia-based freelance journalist who previously reported out of Taipei. His work has appeared in Al Jazeera, BBC, Nikkei Asia and The Telegraph.

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Meet the Malaysian on a mission to make Hokkien great again, amid Mandarin’s rising popularity in Southeast Asia

Linguist Sim Tze Wei has been accused of trying to divide the Chinese people, as there are those who see the use of other Chinese languages ‘as a sign of disunity and weakness’.

24 Jan 2021 - 9:01PM

Linguist Sim Tze Wei has been accused of trying to divide the Chinese people, as there are those who see the use of other Chinese languages ‘as a sign of disunity and weakness’.

Meet the Malaysian on a mission to make Hokkien great again, amid Mandarin’s rising popularity in Southeast Asia
Chinese-Indonesians in the Netherlands still feel the pull of home

Thousands left the archipelago in the last century and have assimilated well, but some ‘still live in the atmosphere’ of Indonesia, despite their years away.

4 Jan 2021 - 2:19PM

Thousands left the archipelago in the last century and have assimilated well, but some ‘still live in the atmosphere’ of Indonesia, despite their years away.

Chinese-Indonesians in the Netherlands still feel the pull of home
‘Haunted’ mansion where a city’s poor live rent-free, and its benevolent Chinese-Indonesian guardian who calls them his siblings

Crumbling and rat-infested, 200-year-old ‘Satan’s Building’ in Surabaya, Indonesia was once a shelter for ethnic Chinese refugees. Its story is one of past violence and present-day racial harmony, seen in the lives of its inhabitants.

2 Jan 2021 - 12:40PM

Crumbling and rat-infested, 200-year-old ‘Satan’s Building’ in Surabaya, Indonesia was once a shelter for ethnic Chinese refugees. Its story is one of past violence and present-day racial harmony, seen in the lives of its inhabitants.

‘Haunted’ mansion where a city’s poor live rent-free, and its benevolent Chinese-Indonesian guardian who calls them his siblings
Generation C: for young Asians, coronavirus defines bleak new era of vanishing career prospects

Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who can find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come.

15 Nov 2020 - 11:59AM

Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who can find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come.

Generation C: for young Asians, coronavirus defines bleak new era of vanishing career prospects
Young Asian entrepreneurs embrace green-collar lives as technology makes farming ‘sexy’

Educated farmers are taking to the fields in countries like Vietnam and Indonesia, spurred on by new technologies and progressive ideals.

9 Nov 2020 - 10:42AM

Educated farmers are taking to the fields in countries like Vietnam and Indonesia, spurred on by new technologies and progressive ideals.

Young Asian entrepreneurs embrace green-collar lives as technology makes farming ‘sexy’
It’s not just the South China Sea: Vietnamese vessels in Indonesian waters show extent of maritime disputes in Asean

Of the 31 foreign-flagged ships illegally fishing in Indonesia’s North Natuna Sea from June to October, 21 were from Vietnam while none were from China.

2 Nov 2020 - 4:22PM

Of the 31 foreign-flagged ships illegally fishing in Indonesia’s North Natuna Sea from June to October, 21 were from Vietnam while none were from China.

It’s not just the South China Sea: Vietnamese vessels in Indonesian waters show extent of maritime disputes in Asean
Indonesian group blames Malaysia for ‘inhumane’ treatment of illegal migrant workers in Sabah: report

The Coalition of Sovereign Migrant Workers said it interviewed Indonesians, including children, who described beatings, filthy living conditions and death.

7 Oct 2020 - 11:24PM

The Coalition of Sovereign Migrant Workers said it interviewed Indonesians, including children, who described beatings, filthy living conditions and death.

Indonesian group blames Malaysia for ‘inhumane’ treatment of illegal migrant workers in Sabah: report
Indonesian diplomat rebukes Vanuatu PM over Papua comments at United Nations meeting

Bob Loughman had previously called for Jakarta to address allegations of human rights abuses in the region, while China’s largesse has been one of the factors leading to Pacific island nations speaking up about Indonesia’s handling of its restive easternmost provinces.

29 Sep 2020 - 11:03PM

Bob Loughman had previously called for Jakarta to address allegations of human rights abuses in the region, while China’s largesse has been one of the factors leading to Pacific island nations speaking up about Indonesia’s handling of its restive easternmost provinces.

Indonesian diplomat rebukes Vanuatu PM over Papua comments at United Nations meeting
Coronavirus Indonesia: can Jakarta get its raging Covid-19 outbreak under control?

The stakes are high for Indonesia’s capital city of 10 million people, as experts say the country is still in its first wave of infections.

25 Sep 2020 - 7:38PM

The stakes are high for Indonesia’s capital city of 10 million people, as experts say the country is still in its first wave of infections.

Coronavirus Indonesia: can Jakarta get its raging Covid-19 outbreak under control?
Not just China, Indonesia loves US soybeans too as tempeh popularity booms

US soybeans are especially favoured by producers of tempeh, an Indonesian soybean cake that’s seeing a rise in global demand as a meat alternative.

13 Sep 2020 - 11:55PM

US soybeans are especially favoured by producers of tempeh, an Indonesian soybean cake that’s seeing a rise in global demand as a meat alternative.

Not just China, Indonesia loves US soybeans too as tempeh popularity booms
Coronavirus exposes hidden struggles of poor Indonesian-Chinese families

The struggles of low-income ethnic Chinese families are often overlooked in Indonesia, where there’s a belief that all Chinese people are rich.

7 Sep 2020 - 2:36PM

The struggles of low-income ethnic Chinese families are often overlooked in Indonesia, where there’s a belief that all Chinese people are rich.

Coronavirus exposes hidden struggles of poor Indonesian-Chinese families
How Chinese Indonesians hope to help guide country to a better future as it celebrates 75 years of independence

As Indonesia marks 75 years of independence this month, many young Chinese Indonesians citizens are getting involved in politics and activism to do more to help develop the nation – but old prejudices still remain.

25 Aug 2020 - 5:20PM

As Indonesia marks 75 years of independence this month, many young Chinese Indonesians citizens are getting involved in politics and activism to do more to help develop the nation – but old prejudices still remain.

How Chinese Indonesians hope to help guide country to a better future as it celebrates 75 years of independence
Indonesia’s new 75,000-rupiah banknote coins another anti-China hoax

Some social media users falsely claimed one of the children on the new note was actually wearing a Chinese outfit, in the latest episode of disinformation targeting Beijing and the country’s ethnic Chinese minority.

20 Aug 2020 - 11:07PM

Some social media users falsely claimed one of the children on the new note was actually wearing a Chinese outfit, in the latest episode of disinformation targeting Beijing and the country’s ethnic Chinese minority.

Indonesia’s new 75,000-rupiah banknote coins another anti-China hoax
Explainer | Why are Indonesians protesting the Omnibus Law if Jokowi says it will boost jobs and investments?

President Joko Widodo says the proposed bill would simplify overlapping regulations, attract foreign investment and boost the economy. Celebrities and influencers are promoting it but thousands of protesters disagree.

20 Aug 2020 - 3:40PM

President Joko Widodo says the proposed bill would simplify overlapping regulations, attract foreign investment and boost the economy. Celebrities and influencers are promoting it but thousands of protesters disagree.

Why are Indonesians protesting the Omnibus Law if Jokowi says it will boost jobs and investments?
On Taiwanese ships, Indonesian workers abused, illegal fishing reported: NGO

The Environmental Justice Foundation found the Indonesian workers it interviewed experienced wage issues, excessive overtime and physical abuse.

7 Aug 2020 - 9:04PM

The Environmental Justice Foundation found the Indonesian workers it interviewed experienced wage issues, excessive overtime and physical abuse.

On Taiwanese ships, Indonesian workers abused, illegal fishing reported: NGO
Explainer | Why fears of communism, anti-China sentiment are a potent mix in Indonesia

‘It is still effective to accuse people of being communists to bring them down.’

2 Aug 2020 - 8:32PM

‘It is still effective to accuse people of being communists to bring them down.’

Why fears of communism, anti-China sentiment are a potent mix in Indonesia
How Indonesia’s tourism industry is adapting to the pandemic

It has the highest Covid-19 death toll in East Asia outside China but Indonesia is keen to start getting travellers back as several provinces including Bali are dependent on tourism to survive.

17 Jul 2020 - 12:37PM

It has the highest Covid-19 death toll in East Asia outside China but Indonesia is keen to start getting travellers back as several provinces including Bali are dependent on tourism to survive.

How Indonesia’s tourism industry is adapting to the pandemic
‘China, master copycat’: uproar in Indonesia at Xinhua’s batik claim

China’s official news agency shared a video saying batik is a craft ‘common among ethnic groups in China’, sparking anger among Indonesians and tapping into regional disputes over the origins of batik, nasi lemak and rendang.

14 Jul 2020 - 9:09PM

China’s official news agency shared a video saying batik is a craft ‘common among ethnic groups in China’, sparking anger among Indonesians and tapping into regional disputes over the origins of batik, nasi lemak and rendang.

‘China, master copycat’: uproar in Indonesia at Xinhua’s batik claim
Coronavirus can be ‘killed’ with eucalyptus necklace: Indonesian minister

An aromatherapy device can ‘kill’ up to 80% of the virus, according to an Indonesian minister. But scientists are sceptical – and some Indonesians fear becoming a ‘laughing stock’.

15 Jul 2020 - 2:25PM

An aromatherapy device can ‘kill’ up to 80% of the virus, according to an Indonesian minister. But scientists are sceptical – and some Indonesians fear becoming a ‘laughing stock’.

Coronavirus can be ‘killed’ with eucalyptus necklace: Indonesian minister
Explainer | Indonesia to reopen economy as coronavirus cases surge. Is it ready?

Indonesia is shifting to the ‘new normal’ as the economy restarts and it looks to reopen its borders to certain countries. But health experts are cautious.

18 Jun 2020 - 9:36AM

Indonesia is shifting to the ‘new normal’ as the economy restarts and it looks to reopen its borders to certain countries. But health experts are cautious.

Indonesia to reopen economy as coronavirus cases surge. Is it ready?
Indonesia’s Bali becomes coronavirus hideout for foreigners amid pandemic

More than 900 foreigners, the bulk of them Chinese nationals, have sought permits to stay on the island since travel restrictions were imposed.

9 Jun 2020 - 10:18PM

More than 900 foreigners, the bulk of them Chinese nationals, have sought permits to stay on the island since travel restrictions were imposed.

Indonesia’s Bali becomes coronavirus hideout for foreigners amid pandemic
Indonesia urged to impose tighter rules for Chinese fishing vessel recruitment after seamen’s deaths

Some activists say a moratorium is necessary while Beijing and Jakarta probe the deaths of four Indonesians working aboard Chinese fishing vessels.

6 Jun 2020 - 10:38PM

Some activists say a moratorium is necessary while Beijing and Jakarta probe the deaths of four Indonesians working aboard Chinese fishing vessels.

Indonesia urged to impose tighter rules for Chinese fishing vessel recruitment after seamen’s deaths
Offbeat tours in Jakarta – of a village of Portuguese slave descendants, cemeteries, mosques – move online

After two months with no income for its tour guides or owner, Jakarta Food Traveller starts virtual tours of some of the Indonesian capital’s lesser known attractions.

19 May 2020 - 5:51PM

After two months with no income for its tour guides or owner, Jakarta Food Traveller starts virtual tours of some of the Indonesian capital’s lesser known attractions.

Offbeat tours in Jakarta – of a village of Portuguese slave descendants, cemeteries, mosques – move online
Coronavirus survivors: they said we brought the plague to Indonesia, say country’s first patients

People compared Ratri Anindyajati, her mother and sister, who were the first Indonesians to catch Covid-19, to prostitutes because they ‘liked to dance’.

21 May 2020 - 11:28AM

People compared Ratri Anindyajati, her mother and sister, who were the first Indonesians to catch Covid-19, to prostitutes because they ‘liked to dance’.

Coronavirus survivors: they said we brought the plague to Indonesia, say country’s first patients
After 70 years of ties, China and Indonesia have a fruitful, complicated relationship

While Indonesia views China as a vital economic partner, tensions in the South China Sea and lingering anti-China sentiment are still factors.

12 Apr 2020 - 9:37AM

While Indonesia views China as a vital economic partner, tensions in the South China Sea and lingering anti-China sentiment are still factors.

After 70 years of ties, China and Indonesia have a fruitful, complicated relationship
Modernising Indonesian puppet shows for millennials: from WhatsApp-using ancient queens to current jokes and local instruments

Traditional wayang potehi glove puppet theatre in Indonesia is being revitalised by a performing arts group in Jakarta, who use modern jokes and references as one way to preserve it for a millennial audience.

6 Apr 2020 - 7:52AM

Traditional wayang potehi glove puppet theatre in Indonesia is being revitalised by a performing arts group in Jakarta, who use modern jokes and references as one way to preserve it for a millennial audience.

Modernising Indonesian puppet shows for millennials: from WhatsApp-using ancient queens to current jokes and local instruments
A coronavirus choice for Indonesian nurses: used hazmat suit or raincoat

As Covid-19 takes hold, shortages of hospital beds and medical supplies have been exposed in Indonesia’s health care system.

29 Mar 2020 - 4:12PM

As Covid-19 takes hold, shortages of hospital beds and medical supplies have been exposed in Indonesia’s health care system.

A coronavirus choice for Indonesian nurses: used hazmat suit or raincoat
Coronavirus: Bali tourism ‘almost paralysed’ as flow of Chinese tourists to Indonesia dries up

Travellers from China and Europe have dropped sharply as Indonesia imposes travel restrictions and airlines around the world pull flights.

22 Mar 2020 - 3:36PM

Travellers from China and Europe have dropped sharply as Indonesia imposes travel restrictions and airlines around the world pull flights.

Coronavirus: Bali tourism ‘almost paralysed’ as flow of Chinese tourists to Indonesia dries up
Indonesian firms doing business with China face tough times with coronavirus outbreak

From freight forwarding companies to money changers, businesses relying on the Chinese market are feeling the pain as the country slowly gets back to work.

12 Mar 2020 - 4:13PM

From freight forwarding companies to money changers, businesses relying on the Chinese market are feeling the pain as the country slowly gets back to work.

Indonesian firms doing business with China face tough times with coronavirus outbreak
Coronavirus: Indonesia confirms first cases, says they are linked to Japanese citizen in Malaysia

The two patients, an adult mother-daughter pair, came into contact with a Japanese national who works in Malaysia but had visited their home in Indonesia.

19 Mar 2020 - 12:39AM

The two patients, an adult mother-daughter pair, came into contact with a Japanese national who works in Malaysia but had visited their home in Indonesia.

Coronavirus: Indonesia confirms first cases, says they are linked to Japanese citizen in Malaysia