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’.

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
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.

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
‘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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

2 Apr 2021 - 10:13AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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

11 Mar 2021 - 4:53PM
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.’

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

2 Aug 2020 - 8:32PM
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.

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
‘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.

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
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’.

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
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.

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’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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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’.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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