Randy Mulyanto

Randy Mulyanto

Randy Mulyanto is an Indonesian freelance journalist, previously based in Taipei. His work has appeared in Al Jazeera, BBC, Lowy Institute's The Interpreter and OZY.

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‘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 per cent of the virus, according to an Indonesian minister. But scientists are sceptical – and some Indonesians fear becoming a ‘laughing stock’.

10 Jul 2020 - 12:20PM

An aromatherapy device can ‘kill’ up to 80 per cent 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
Trapped in Wuhan: the Indonesian students at centre of coronavirus lockdown

Nearly 250 Indonesian students are awaiting evacuation, but their prospects of leaving are unclear. Some worry that even if they make it home, they may not be welcome.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:08PM

Nearly 250 Indonesian students are awaiting evacuation, but their prospects of leaving are unclear. Some worry that even if they make it home, they may not be welcome.

Trapped in Wuhan: the Indonesian students at centre of coronavirus lockdown
As Taiwan votes, will there be any shift in ties with Indonesia?

Analysts say Tsai Ing-Wen’s Southbound Policy has been hampered by the One China policy, leading to questions about its future shape if Tsai wins or loses the election.

19 Jan 2020 - 4:55PM

Analysts say Tsai Ing-Wen’s Southbound Policy has been hampered by the One China policy, leading to questions about its future shape if Tsai wins or loses the election.

As Taiwan votes, will there be any shift in ties with Indonesia?
Indonesians studying Mandarin look to Taiwan for language immersion and the lifestyle

Under Suharto’s rule, Chinese Indonesians were discouraged from speaking Mandarin, but many are now embracing their heritage and using their language skills to their advantage as China invests in the country.

22 Dec 2019 - 1:25PM

Under Suharto’s rule, Chinese Indonesians were discouraged from speaking Mandarin, but many are now embracing their heritage and using their language skills to their advantage as China invests in the country.

Indonesians studying Mandarin look to Taiwan for language immersion and the lifestyle
Taiwan or communism? The Chinese who fled Indonesia and had to choose

Racial discrimination prompted ethnic Chinese to flee Indonesia in the late 1950s. Many chose Taiwan over communist-led mainland China, and not just because of politics.

18 Dec 2019 - 2:42PM

Racial discrimination prompted ethnic Chinese to flee Indonesia in the late 1950s. Many chose Taiwan over communist-led mainland China, and not just because of politics.

Taiwan or communism? The Chinese who fled Indonesia and had to choose
The Chinese who fled Sukarno’s Indonesia to build a new Bali under Mao

A decree by the Indonesian leader 60 years ago sparked an exodus of Chinese. Thousands fled to Mao-era China, where despite the chaos they felt finally at home.

15 Jun 2020 - 12:00PM

A decree by the Indonesian leader 60 years ago sparked an exodus of Chinese. Thousands fled to Mao-era China, where despite the chaos they felt finally at home.

The Chinese who fled Sukarno’s Indonesia to build a new Bali under Mao
Eat your way through Chinatown, Jakarta, from morning until night – steamed chicken noodles, iced coffee, beef soup, tea, Hainan chicken rice, and fish congee

Eat your way through Chinatown from morning till night using our itinerary – steamed chicken noodles for breakfast, beef soup for lunch, Hainan chicken rice for dinner and congee for supper, washed down with coffee and Chinese tea.

16 Oct 2019 - 9:32PM

Eat your way through Chinatown from morning till night using our itinerary – steamed chicken noodles for breakfast, beef soup for lunch, Hainan chicken rice for dinner and congee for supper, washed down with coffee and Chinese tea.

Eat your way through Chinatown, Jakarta, from morning until night – steamed chicken noodles, iced coffee, beef soup, tea, Hainan chicken rice, and fish congee
Chinese in East Timor: former Portuguese colony a model of integration by immigrants from China

Chinese migration to the mainly Catholic territory, then a Portuguese colony, began in the 16th century, and they were better accepted there than in neighbouring Dutch East Indies. About 4,000 Chinese migrants live in the country today.

3 Oct 2019 - 10:45AM

Chinese migration to the mainly Catholic territory, then a Portuguese colony, began in the 16th century, and they were better accepted there than in neighbouring Dutch East Indies. About 4,000 Chinese migrants live in the country today.

Chinese in East Timor: former Portuguese colony a model of integration by immigrants from China
Indonesia’s Joko Widodo promises probe after violent unrest leaves two students dead

Protests over changes to Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency present a difficult balancing act for the president, who must tiptoe the line between conservative elites and populist pressures.

12 Dec 2019 - 1:24PM

Protests over changes to Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency present a difficult balancing act for the president, who must tiptoe the line between conservative elites and populist pressures.

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo promises probe after violent unrest leaves two students dead
In Indonesia, student clashes with police over new laws spark comparisons with Hong Kong

Thousands of students have protested against controversial legal changes that would discriminate against minorities, restrict free speech and hamper graft investigations.

26 Sep 2019 - 10:22AM

Thousands of students have protested against controversial legal changes that would discriminate against minorities, restrict free speech and hamper graft investigations.

In Indonesia, student clashes with police over new laws spark comparisons with Hong Kong
How Hakka Chinese helped build Indonesia, overcoming exclusion and discrimination to serve the country

The Indonesian Hakka Museum in Jakarta is a showcase of the contribution of the Hakka Chinese community to Indonesia over the centuries and sends the message that ethnic Chinese are equal to Indonesia’s other tribes.

11 Sep 2019 - 10:00AM

The Indonesian Hakka Museum in Jakarta is a showcase of the contribution of the Hakka Chinese community to Indonesia over the centuries and sends the message that ethnic Chinese are equal to Indonesia’s other tribes.

How Hakka Chinese helped build Indonesia, overcoming exclusion and discrimination to serve the country
Chinese migrants in East Timor long for home but say Dili is better for earning a living

China was the first country to officially recognise East Timor’s independence in 2002 and today, an estimated 4,000 Chinese migrants are living there, manning shops, restaurants, hotels and even brothels.

30 Aug 2019 - 2:42PM

China was the first country to officially recognise East Timor’s independence in 2002 and today, an estimated 4,000 Chinese migrants are living there, manning shops, restaurants, hotels and even brothels.

Chinese migrants in East Timor long for home but say Dili is better for earning a living
US$16 billion ‘hoax’: reports of Chinese loan for East Timor gas project were politically motivated, says foreign minister

East Timor is looking for international partners to finance its Greater Sunrise gas project, tapping some of the country’s last remaining resources

24 Aug 2019 - 9:16AM

East Timor is looking for international partners to finance its Greater Sunrise gas project, tapping some of the country’s last remaining resources

US$16 billion ‘hoax’: reports of Chinese loan for East Timor gas project were politically motivated, says foreign minister
East Timor’s China friendship won’t compromise its national interests: foreign minister

Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares tells sceptics of Dili’s ties with Beijing that it is not a ‘new, fragile country’ that would be swayed by the largesse of others.

24 Aug 2019 - 9:17AM

Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares tells sceptics of Dili’s ties with Beijing that it is not a ‘new, fragile country’ that would be swayed by the largesse of others.

East Timor’s China friendship won’t compromise its national interests: foreign minister
Can Indonesia’s Chinese-language media be revived?

Suharto, the late Indonesian dictator, banned all Chinese-language education and media in the country. In the years since his resignation, Mandarin news has only had a small audience – but could that be about to change?

15 Jun 2020 - 11:56AM

Suharto, the late Indonesian dictator, banned all Chinese-language education and media in the country. In the years since his resignation, Mandarin news has only had a small audience – but could that be about to change?

Can Indonesia’s Chinese-language media be revived?
Chinese Indonesians in Taiwan struggle with language and identity to find acceptance

Ethnic Chinese have been leaving Indonesia for Taiwan for decades, but because many can’t speak Mandarin and don’t know Chinese traditions, islanders don’t consider them Chinese; after years living there some still feel the pull of Indonesia.

29 May 2019 - 1:18PM

Ethnic Chinese have been leaving Indonesia for Taiwan for decades, but because many can’t speak Mandarin and don’t know Chinese traditions, islanders don’t consider them Chinese; after years living there some still feel the pull of Indonesia.

Chinese Indonesians in Taiwan struggle with language and identity to find acceptance
‘No place like home’: ethnic Chinese who fled Indonesia for Taiwan remember the deadly 1998 riots that changed their lives

Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia were attacked, raped and killed amid a deepening economic crisis in 1998, and researchers estimate thousands fled the country to resettle in places like Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.

13 Jan 2020 - 8:14AM

Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia were attacked, raped and killed amid a deepening economic crisis in 1998, and researchers estimate thousands fled the country to resettle in places like Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong.

‘No place like home’: ethnic Chinese who fled Indonesia for Taiwan remember the deadly 1998 riots that changed their lives
May 1998 Jakarta riots against Chinese: ‘We cannot heal what we will not face,’ author of graphic novel says

‘We cannot heal what we will not face,’ says Rani Pramesti, author of digital novel Chinese Whispers about the May 1998 anti-Chinese riots in Jakarta that left over 1,000 people dead and toppled the government of Suharto.

14 May 2019 - 8:41PM

‘We cannot heal what we will not face,’ says Rani Pramesti, author of digital novel Chinese Whispers about the May 1998 anti-Chinese riots in Jakarta that left over 1,000 people dead and toppled the government of Suharto.

May 1998 Jakarta riots against Chinese: ‘We cannot heal what we will not face,’ author of graphic novel says