Grace Susetyo

Grace Susetyo is a Jakarta-based freelance journalist currently working on a trilogy of Indonesian travel memoirs, Di Antara Nusa-Nusa. Having recently completed a Master of Development Studies, Grace's research focused on indigenous identity and social capital in West Papua.

Harvesting benamud or millet, a local crop in the Krayan highlands. Copyright CE

Indonesian Communities Awarded United Nations Development Programme Equator Prize

The United Nation Development Programme’s Equator Initiative recently announced the 2015 winners of its prestigious Equator Prize. Having attracted 1,461 entries from...

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The Royal Palaces and Holy Waters of Eastern Bali

Bali’s nickname ‘Island of the Gods’ is no exotic coincidence. Long before this island attracted tourists, Bali has been home to grand kingdoms with cultural and...

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Bada Valley Arcas: Indonesia’s Easter Island

The Bada, Napu, and Doda Valleys of Central Sulawesi’s vast Lore Lindu National Park are perhaps most famous for the ancient monolithic human figures (arca) similar to...

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Rights as Citizens: The Strife for Reconciliation of Indonesia’s Indigenous Communities

With nearly 70 years of independence, Indonesia prides itself as a nation founded upon the sovereignty and self-determination of peoples who call the Nusantara...

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Ende, Flores: The Womb that Conceived Indonesia

Grace Susetyo takes a trip to Ende, where Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, was exiled between 1934-1938. President Sukarno used his time on the island to write...

Manado Bay and Tanjung Tongkeina from Jl Trans Sulawesi on the way to Tomohon.

Minahasa Highlands | Land of Volcanoes, Bizarre Food, and Ancient Heroes

I remember my first flight into Manado in 2011. From the aircraft window the sea glittered under the sun, with a vast carpet of coconut groves before it gradually turned...

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Javanese Sailors in the Giant’s Homeland: the Traditional Houses of Bena, Flores

On finally having the chance to visit Bajawa, Flores, I noticed “Jawa” in the name. When I finally had the chance to visit Bajawa’s famous traditional houses in...

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Diving After the Mines: A Day in Ratatotok

The soft scent of cloves toasting underneath the sun wafted in the air as my ojek cruised over the lush green hills of Minahasa Tenggara. The road outlooks a trapezoid...

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Healing Habitats: A Doctor’s Conservation Mission

The Togian islands are probably best known for serene white sand beaches and dive resorts. However, not as many people know of the rich terrestrial biodiversity these...

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Tana Toraja: Love for the Departed

Grace always knew that honouring the dead is central to Toraja culture. But on her second visit to Tana Toraja during the festive season, she learned surprising...

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Solid as Rock: Mama Aleta, Guardian of Timor’s Sacred Towers

  Fine sunrays kiss the pine-covered hills and lush grasslands as our motorbikes swept through the rural dirt roads. There’s a glittering pond to my right and a...

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Tales from an Enchanted Island: A Travel Diary of Flores

Lush hills and steep cliffs overlooking lively villages and cerulean coasts adorn the winding roads of Flores from one corner to the other. While I’ve been to my share...

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Wae Rebo: The Duality of Tradition and Progress in West Flores

The first time I saw pictures of Wae Rebo, I was intrigued with the traditional conical straw houses in the picturesque valley in Satarmese Barat, Manggarai. Though I...

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Good Tidings from Java-The Spirit of Sendang Sono

Many Catholics find Sendang Sono a great place to draw closer to God and strengthen their faith. And for non-Catholics like myself, I’ve found it to be a beautiful...