about

My name's Randy Mulyanto (許意隆), and I'm an Indonesia-based freelance journalist currently writing about Indonesia and Timor-Leste for an English-speaking worldwide audience. I was previously based in Taiwan from September 2018 to January 2020.

I've reported for the South China Morning Post, Al Jazeera, The Telegraph, Nikkei Asia, the BBC, TRT World, ABC News in the United States and dozens of other media outlets. I'm mainly interested in pursuing stories related to the ethnic Chinese communities in Indonesia as well as Jakarta's ties with Beijing and Taipei.

I've covered the lives of Chinese Indonesians in Quanzhou more than half a century after they left Indonesia following the enactment of a discriminatory presidential decree in 1959; Timor-Leste's relations with the People's Republic of China two decades after the country voted for independence from Jakarta; the rise of Taiwanese identity against the backdrop of Beijing's military threats; among other assignments in Indonesia, Taiwan and elsewhere.

I grew up in a family that spoke Hakka and Hokkien, two languages originated from southern China, and regard my cultural roots as the main inspiration for my journalism. I also contributed book reviews and travel features to various Indonesian magazines and newspapers before working for international media.

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