Discussion: Indonesian Writing Abroad

Joss Wibisono

Soe Tjen Marching

Etik Juwita

Lisabona Rahman

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With so much large-scale cross-border movement today — or at least before the COVID-19 pandemic — it should not be strange to see Indonesians who live abroad writing about both their original homeland and the countries they now live in. 

Unlike Indonesian authors at home, who primarily make their living by writing, Indonesian writers abroad appear to occupy a broader range of positions: migrant workers, students, diplomats, and even corporate business people. What motivates them to write? What stories do they have to tell, and what do they achieve through the writing experience?

At Jakarta Content Week 2020, film activist Lisabona Rahman talked to Joss Wibisono, Soe Tjen Marching, and Etik Juwita about their struggle as Indonesian writing from abroad. Revisit their discussion below.

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With so much large-scale cross-border movement today — or at least before the COVID-19 pandemic — it should not be strange to see Indonesians who live abroad writing about both their original homeland and the countries they now live in. 

Unlike Indonesian authors at home, who primarily make their living by writing, Indonesian writers abroad appear to occupy a broader range of positions: migrant workers, students, diplomats, and even corporate business people. What motivates them to write? What stories do they have to tell, and what do they achieve through the writing experience?

At Jakarta Content Week 2020, film activist Lisabona Rahman talked to Joss Wibisono, Soe Tjen Marching, and Etik Juwita about their struggle as Indonesian writing from abroad. Revisit their discussion below.

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