Risyiana Muthia

Risyiana Muthia

Risyiana is a Bali-based journalist. She has written for CNN International, VICE News, and TechInAsia.

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How today’s explorers can help us to save Mother Earth for our tomorrow

Planet’s ability to produce useful biological materials for its human population and absorb waste is under threat … but it’s not too late if we learn from explorations

Planet’s ability to produce useful biological materials for its human population and absorb waste is under threat … but it’s not too late if we learn from explorations

13 Jan 2022 - 1:30PM
Bali ban on single-use plastics widely ignored by small businesses on holiday island – ‘My customers expect plastic bags’

Island administration was first to impose such a ban in Indonesia, one of the world’s worst plastic polluters, but small businesses continue to use plastic bags, trays and straws because customers expect them to.

Island administration was first to impose such a ban in Indonesia, one of the world’s worst plastic polluters, but small businesses continue to use plastic bags, trays and straws because customers expect them to.

12 Nov 2019 - 11:10AM
‘Tinder tourists’: Indonesian sex workers turn to online dating apps for safety and to set their own rules

Dating apps have increasingly become an essential part of the travelling experience. With over 5 million international tourists visiting Bali every year, dating apps like Tinder bring good business right to sex workers’ fingertips.

Dating apps have increasingly become an essential part of the travelling experience. With over 5 million international tourists visiting Bali every year, dating apps like Tinder bring good business right to sex workers’ fingertips.

3 Oct 2019 - 4:24PM
48 hours in Hanoi: the best Vietnamese street food to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner

From ‘commoner’s rice’ to the delights of the city’s famed Chicken Street, there are many street food dishes you simply can’t miss when you visit Hanoi. Here’s the perfect menu for a two-day stay

From ‘commoner’s rice’ to the delights of the city’s famed Chicken Street, there are many street food dishes you simply can’t miss when you visit Hanoi. Here’s the perfect menu for a two-day stay

21 Jun 2018 - 6:26PM
Indonesia’s local spirits: alcohol’s history and geography in the world’s largest Muslim nation

Although alcohol is heavily taxed in the country and frowned upon in Islam, alcoholic drinks have long been a part of Indonesia’s many cultures. From arak to sopi to tuak, we take a look at the island nation’s indigenous tipples 

Although alcohol is heavily taxed in the country and frowned upon in Islam, alcoholic drinks have long been a part of Indonesia’s many cultures. From arak to sopi to tuak, we take a look at the island nation’s indigenous tipples 

27 Mar 2018 - 5:53PM
How Bali’s Chinese were accepted and integrated into island society – in contrast to other parts of Indonesia

Chinese Indonesians in Jakarta and other regions often face persecution and discrimination, but those living on the Hindu majority island of Bali say they have never even felt like they were a minority. We look at a history of cultural integration

Chinese Indonesians in Jakarta and other regions often face persecution and discrimination, but those living on the Hindu majority island of Bali say they have never even felt like they were a minority. We look at a history of cultural integration

21 Jan 2018 - 7:18PM
Polygamy in Indonesia: why some men are promoting it again, and what a leading women’s rights expert thinks about that

It’s not illegal in Indonesia for a Muslim to have more than one wife, but it’s frowned upon; that hasn’t deterred pro-polygamy activists, whose activities a critic says are a sign of ‘moral panic’ about extramarital sex in the country

It’s not illegal in Indonesia for a Muslim to have more than one wife, but it’s frowned upon; that hasn’t deterred pro-polygamy activists, whose activities a critic says are a sign of ‘moral panic’ about extramarital sex in the country

25 Apr 2018 - 11:39AM
Singapore’s lonely poets: migrant workers who feel excluded find their voice through writing, as new documentary shows

With few friends and little connection to locals, people like Zhang Haitao are expressing their feelings through poetry and writing, captured in Singaporean filmmaker Upneet Kaur-Nagpal’s documentary Poets on Permits

With few friends and little connection to locals, people like Zhang Haitao are expressing their feelings through poetry and writing, captured in Singaporean filmmaker Upneet Kaur-Nagpal’s documentary Poets on Permits

23 Nov 2017 - 7:39PM
Mount Agung’s eruption is in the lap of the gods for Bali’s Hindu population

Since the volcanic alert, the Balinese have been praying for the safety of those who live near the ‘mother mountain’, the most sacred peak on the island and pivotal to its Hindu culture

Since the volcanic alert, the Balinese have been praying for the safety of those who live near the ‘mother mountain’, the most sacred peak on the island and pivotal to its Hindu culture

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How do Indonesians who dress as Hitler and Nazi soldiers justify their obsession?

Some Indonesians have no qualms showing respect for the strong image projected by Nazi Germany, saying it does not make them neo-Nazis. Are they just unable to fathom the horror of the time, or does the problem run deeper?

Some Indonesians have no qualms showing respect for the strong image projected by Nazi Germany, saying it does not make them neo-Nazis. Are they just unable to fathom the horror of the time, or does the problem run deeper?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Headbangers in hijabs: inside Indonesia’s heavy metal scene

From hijab-wearing female metal band Voice of Baceprot to the Hammersonic music festival that includes prayer breaks, Indonesia’s metalheads show that ‘the devil’s music’ doesn’t have to clash with their Islamic identity

From hijab-wearing female metal band Voice of Baceprot to the Hammersonic music festival that includes prayer breaks, Indonesia’s metalheads show that ‘the devil’s music’ doesn’t have to clash with their Islamic identity

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM