Alex Thebez

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In the US, Chinese Indonesian Refugees Found a New Home and New Problems

In Philadelphia, home to the second largest Indonesian American population in the US, those who escaped the riots in May 1998 are living through a period of rising anti-immigration rhetoric.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Indonesia.</i><p>Tjandra remembers the slurs. He remembers how neighborhood …

‘Democracy isn’t always pretty’: Human rights in post-Suharto Indonesia

“I SHED a tear. I did not know why,” says Ariel Heryanto, the Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia at Monash University as he reflects …

Behind Seattle’s Amazon Tax: Seething Tensions, Livid Neighbors, and Rising Rents

It was, as the local public radio station said, the day “Seattle Nice” died. On May 2, the residents of Seattle were hit with a one-two punch. For …

University of Washington

One day, two students: What college looks like from opposite ends of the income gap

A college degree has long been touted as society’s great leveler, essential for entry into the middle class. Nearly 20 million students enrolled in an undergraduate program in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Movies and television tend to portray an idealized college experience, …

College & University

Indonesian Chinese still face discrimination 20 years after Reformasi | This Week In Asia | South China Morning Post

When Francis Xavier Harsono applied for his first passport in 1992 he was brimming with anticipation for his first trip overseas. Back then, things …

Body Con Job

Above: Lil Miquela.<p>Over lunch this spring, Nikola Burnett, a 15-year-old who always carries two cameras — one film and one digital — sat staring at …

Fashion Week

China is implementing a massive plan to rank its citizens, and many of them want in.

China

Where Spring Breaks Eternal

<b>It’s only 20 miles</b> from Southwest Florida International Airport to the Lani Kai Island Resort on Fort Myers Beach, but on the last Tuesday in March …

I am Chinese Indonesian and I’m Leaving My Safe Bubble

We were sitting at the food court of a shopping mall located on the outskirts of Jakarta, when my friend made a remark about the mall’s visitors. She …

Asia

Women in Indonesia's Armed Forces Have to Prove They're Virgins Before They Serve Their Country

Human rights activists are calling on Indonesia’s government to stop forcing women who join the military and police forces to prove that they are …

Zadie Smith’s Dream City

In her first essay collection, 2009’s <i>Changing My Mind</i>, Zadie Smith made an art of ambivalence. In essays whose subtlety of thinking evoked the work …

Literature

Photographing the Psychological Crush of Urban Growth

These Black Women Photographers Are Carving Out a Place in History

Long excluded from mainstream histories, this anthology is giving women photographers of African descent a platform to tell their stories.<p>During the recent unveiling of the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama at the Smithsonian National Portrait …

Can Venezuela Be Saved?

There’s a page in a book in a stack on the floor at the house of Leopoldo López that I think about sometimes. It’s a page that López revisits often; one to which he has returned so many times these past few years, scribbling new ideas in the margin and underlining words and phrases in three …

Venezuela

The Quirky Wooden Automata of Kazuaki Harada | Colossal

<p>With the push of a button or the crank of a handle, these whimsical wooden automata by Japanese woodworker Kazuaki Harada spring to life, with …

Cover Story: SZA

SZA<p>After four years of hard work, SZA’s debut album brought her worldwide acclaim. She thinks she can do better.<p>Fashion by Shibon Kennedy<p>Photographer …

The Indonesian Massacre: What Did the US Know?

President Barack Obama has several things in common with Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia, whom he welcomed to the Oval Office last week. The …

Indonesia: The Battle Over Islam

Islamisation and Its Opponents in Java: A Political, Social, Cultural and Religious History, c. 1930 to the Present<p>by M.C. Ricklefs<p>University of …

Digital nomads can soon ‘make it official’ with a new visa from Estonia

The way workers cross borders is at a crossroads. For Donald Trump, American jobs for American workers are paramount. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May believes that so-called “citizens of the world” are really citizens of nowhere. And then there’s Estonia, the 100 year old Northern …

Digital Nomads

If America becomes a dystopian hellscape, it might look like this

A haunting new novel lays out a nightmarish vision of America’s future.<p>It’s 2075 and America is sunk deep in its second civil war.<p>Everything has gone to hell. Coastal cities have disappeared under a rising sea; a weaponized plague has killed almost a third of the population; fossil fuels (after …

Mesopotamia

China Now Faces the Downsides of Dictatorship

China’s nearly 30-year experiment with time-limited government is officially coming to an end. The Chinese Communist Party has suggested amending China’s constitution to allow President Xi Jinping to serve more than two five-year terms. Considering that the party rules the country, and Xi rules the …

China

Inside a Broken Police Department in Flint, Michigan

The street lights are out. The porch lights are off. The empty houses and vacant lots are illuminated by headlamps and siren strobes and police-cruiser searchlights, flashes of color amid myriad shades of gray. The murder victims are both black and white, as are the perps, in handcuffs, and the …

Crime

Journal: David Lurvey – TAG TAG TAG

David Lurvey is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. The images featured above are from a selection of his work from <i>Rockaway, NY</i>.<p>To see more of his …

Journal: Cristina Velásquez – TAG TAG TAG

Cristina Velásquez is a Colombian artist working mainly in photography and paper weavings. The images above are from her series “<i>Montañera</i><i>.</i>” …

On Being Chinese Indonesians

Chinese New Year, or Imlek in Indonesia, is now recognized as a national holiday, but it was not always the case.<p>Just a few decades ago, the New …

On “Photography”

A Conversation with Charlotte Cotton<p>As one of the most influential photographic thinkers and curators of this millennium, Charlotte Cotton hardly …

Interview: Ken Castaneda – TAG TAG TAG

<b>Kay: How did you get into photography?</b><p><b>Ken:</b> From an early age, I always witnessed my father being the documenter, always having a VHS, a point and …

Journal: Zhongjia Sun – TAG TAG TAG

Zhongjia Sun is a still-life photographer from China. Previously featured in the 2017 VICE Photo Issue, she is currently based in New York. You can …

Journal: Robert Hickerson – TAG TAG TAG

Robert Hickerson is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Drawing from the creatures of the horror genre, Hickerson has been working primarily in …