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.

Overwhelming Genius - The World of Harry Darsono

Overwhelming Genius: The World of Harry Darsono

Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo, and Copernicus may be the first names that come to your mind at the mention of “Renaissance man” or “polymath”. Add Asians to the...

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On Heroes, Animations, and Man’s Quest for Honour

On Heroes Day (November 10) I decided to visit the Hellofest Anima Expo and find out what heroes young Indonesians are currently creating, and what messages they might...

Fostering a Cleaner Community for Business

Fostering a Cleaner Community for Business

Waste management seems to be a perpetual issue in Jakarta and Bali. When beaches, streets, and other places of interest are littered, it tarnishes Indonesia’s...

Sea Turtles The Selayar Marine Conservation Challenge

Sea Turtles: The Selayar Marine Conservation Challenge

It was a fine day in Benteng, Selayar. The 100-kilometre long island just off the southern coast of Bira, South Sulawesi, is known to some as a diver’s haven and...

Laying Down Roots The Forgotten Folklores of Indonesia

Laying Down Roots: The Forgotten Folklores of Indonesia

Being a 1990s Indonesian child and early 2000s teen, I grew up being taught projections on the 21st century “global era”. It was, and maybe still is, a generation of...

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Melodies from Indonesia’s Far South: Sasando, the Palm Harp of Rote

If the definition of heaven is a strange but comforting melody telling stories of the timelessness of the human soul, then one corner to find it is in Indonesia’s...

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(No) Stranger in the Third Culture Kid’s Homeland

In Confessions of a Third Culture Kid, I said I have a complicated relationship with the question, “Where are you from?” The truth is I have several homelands in...

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Another 100 Years: Timor’s Last Indigenous Religious Community

Raja Namah Benu, who ruled since his father’s death in 2005, invited us to his place and offered areca nuts and betel leaves. I’ve heard about the Raja being a...

Taman Bacaan Pelangi

Painting the Colours of Literacy in Eastern Indonesia

Eastern Indonesia is a realm of a million wonders. A region rich in panoramic landscapes, biodiversity, and ancestral traditions, much of Eastern Indonesia remains...

Bantimurung Falls in Maros

A Wild Ride To Remember: South Sulawesi

On the second Sunday in May, I received a message from my childhood best friend in Manado, Gracia “GP”. “GC, what are you doing June 1-8? Let’s go island-hopping...

Candi Tikus

Terracotta Memories of the Majapahit Civilisation

As a writer, traveller, and art enthusiast, I’ve come to find Majapahit as probably one of the most romantic and inspiring pre-Indonesia eras. And one of the things...

Healthy Living

Killing Two Birds with One Stone: The Other Benefits of Exercise

I am not a sporty person. I’m a commitment-phobe when it comes to fitness programs, and find it irksome when a trainer points out physical flaws I should work on....

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Confessions of a Third Culture Kid

“Where are you originally from?” is a question new people often ask me. The simple answer is “Indonesia,” but then comes the follow-up question, “Whereabouts...

Traditional House of Banyuwangi

Vintage Home in East Java

The civilisation of Java boasts of intricately artistic traditional architecture that stands the test of time. But people often forget that Java is not only home to the...