Stanley Widianto

Contributor, Vice


I am a freelance journalist from Jakarta, Indonesia whose work mainly focuses on music, politics, international relations and communication studies.

The fact that it happens and how it happens are two different things; I'm still learning about both.

the Guardian
Indonesia is about to outlaw homosexual sex. Can we stop it? | Stanley Widianto

The criminalisation of LGBT communities takes on a more potent tenor in a vote before parliament on Wednesday istory seems to be repeating itself in Indonesia. Same beats, same choruses, same incendiary statements, same rebuttals. The Indonesian government is about to deliver a fresh blow to its LGBTI communities.

the Guardian
LGBT Jakartans: 'Worse than a nuclear bomb? We just want to be accepted'

As anti-LGBT sentiment grows in Indonesia - with proposals to criminalise gay sex and public condemnations from government ministers - young Jakartans share stories of discrimination and hopes for the future The year 2016 seems to have provided a helping hand for the increasing discrimination against Indonesia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
Seorang Non-Pribumi Menulis Kolom Ini - Kolumnis Tirto.ID

Walau bijak, Saaman bin Paidjan rela dihukum mati, meninggalkan ibunya yang kehilangan akal sehat saat menunggu anak kesayangannya pulang. Begitupun keempat adiknya. Sambil menunggu ajal, ia menulis surat untuk orang di rumah. Kepada adiknya yang paling kecil, Hasan, ia berpesan, "Engkaupun harus juga mencari penghasilan. Belajar mencari penghasilan, maksudku.

South China Morning Post
The day a court ruled my Chinese dad was a 'bona fide' Indonesian

Stanley Widianto is too young to recall the last time Indonesians turned on their Chinese neighbours, but seeing Jakarta's Chinese Indonesian governor jailed by a court this year was a jolting reminder of the official prejudice his own father had to overcome

Humans of the CD Street Stall: Who Still Buys Pirated Discs? | NOISEY

In an effort to combat illegal downloading and musical piracy, the Indonesian government recently shut down 22 music downloading websites. This may have pleased the Indonesian Association of Artists, Singers, Composers and Recording Businessmen (PAPPRI), who claim piracy has cost the industry Rp 4 trillion (AU$386 million) annually since 2007, but it hasn't affected the pirated CD street vendors of Jakarta.

On a Night of Stories with Frau

Frau, the Yogyakarta-based duo, recently played two spectacular shows - dubbed Konser Tentang Rasa (Concert about Senses) - enchanting hundreds of audience members at the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta playhouse. The performance was the third time the respected singer-songwriter Leilani Hermiasih, who is better known as Lani, has played a show under that title.

New Mandala
Of murder, memory, corruption and power

Following an International People's Tribunal on Indonesia's 1965 massacre, which accused the Indonesian government of murder and torture and which Vice President Jusuf Kalla dismissed as " drama", Stanley Widianto talks to Joshua Oppenheimer - acclaimed director of two films dealing with the violence and its consequences, The Act of Killing (Jagal) and The Look of Silence (Senyap).

A Conversation with Experimental Indonesian Duo Senyawa | NOISEY

Images: Dawid Laskowski Earlier this year Indonesia went into a mild frenzy when English electronic rock duo Arkana released a cover of the beloved Indonesian folk song "Kebyar Kebyar" to commemorate the 70th-anniversary of the country's independence.