Author: Michelle Varinata

INDONESIA: Overcoming Adversity One Step at a Time

MICHELLE VARINATA WRITES – Picture a world of rainbows , puppy dogs and smiling children running through rose-scented gardens. Sure, it’s a dream. But for some, even imagining such a scene could prove impossible, so harsh is their reality. As one of the world’s most family-oriented societies, Indonesia prioritizes family as a cultural institution. While most children enjoy care and love from their parents, a national statistic reveals that there are 3 million homeless people living in the streets of Indonesia – many of them children. Aside from homelessness, there are also children who have mental disabilities, ranging from Down...

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INDONESIA: When the Troll Takes a Toll

MICHELLE VARINATA WRITES – Given the fact that Indonesia is one of South Eastern Asia’s largest democracies, a core value in a democratic society is the freedom of speech. While social media provides a platform for people to vent their feelings and share their thoughts, it should not be treated as a place where everyone can say whatever they want. Trolling is  indeed a cruel act and the price that one pays for posting an opinion is another story. Recently, 47-year-old divorcée Wisni Yetty was arrested in West Bandung over a private Facebook chat. According to the West Bandung District...

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INDONESIA: Asia’s New Tech Hub?

MICHELLE VARINATA WRITES – Poverty and wealth; primitive and modern; religious and secular. Indonesia is Asia’s most enigmatic (and somewhat bi-polar) nation filled with socio-economic contradictions. Despite the disparity in wealth, the country has one thing that bonds everyone from all walks of life: technology. Recently, Indonesia has built a reputation for being an extremely tech-savvy nation due to its obsession with the Internet and its incessant smartphone usage. As mentioned in The Jakarta Post, a survey revealed that Indonesia has 73 million Internet users. Ismail Cawidu, a spokesman for the Communications and Information Ministry, reveals that 58.4% were...

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INDONESIA: Commandment #11- Thou Shalt Not Take a Selfie

MICHELLE VARINATA WRITES – Somewhere in the Twitterverse, Felix Siauw, a young Muslim religious motivational speaker, tweets: “These days many Muslim women take selfies without shame. There are usually nine frames in one photo with facial poses that are just – my goodness – where’s the purity in women?” (Translated from Bahasa Indonesian) This tweet alludes to the selfie craze sweeping Indonesia’s social media scene. For those of you who are not social media savvy, a selfie is a self-portrait taken from a smartphone and it is popular among tweens to 20-something Millenials. In this case, Felix Siauw believes that...

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INDONESIA: Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

MICHELLE VARINATA WRITES  – With a license to drive and big birthday plans, nothing is more blissful than being 16. Throw in a wedding ring and all of a sudden, being 16-years-old is equivalent to being an adult. Welcome to Indonesia, a country where children as young as 16 can legally marry. Recently, a petition has been started on by Koalisi 18+ begging the Indonesian government to raise the minimum age of marriage for girls from 16 to 18. The petition addresses issues related to Indonesia’s low marriage age for girls, which include domestic abuse, death, and being unable to...

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