Tempeh Sambal Goreng Recipe

Were you at SSEA and Culinary Committee’s workshop but can’t remember the recipes? Or do you want to impress your parents with all the food you’ve learned how to cook? Samudra’s got you covered! Ruana Tahitu, Contributor, The Netherlands Tempeh Sambal Goreng Reicpe Serving: approx. 4 people Ingredients: 1 block of tempeh, diced (250 g) 1 onion, finely chopped 2 clove of garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon of ground cumin 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg Read more…

A Hero I Needed

Despite the somewhat problematic Orientalist nature of Princess Jasmine, she was still important due the fact that she was a non-white princess and provided much needed representation. Gurjinder Khambay, Contributor A Hero I Needed The release of the new live action Aladdin has had everyone talking and so many people are excited, including myself. Growing up, Aladdin was my favourite Disney movie not because of the plot line or the songs, both admittedly good, but Read more…

Thailand’s Election Wrap Up

Forget Brexit and the EU parliamentary elections, South and Southeast Asia are having three HUGE general elections with the potential to radically direct the region’s, and yes the world’s, politics for the foreseeable future. So without further ado, here are the ‘‘things you should know’ about the first of these 3 upcoming elections, the Thai general elections of 24 March, 2019! Alessandra Barrow, Contributor, The NetherlandsThailand’s Election Wrap Up: On Sunday the 24th of March, Read more…

Burning Garbage: Anarchy in Indonesia

Burning Garbage: Anarchy in Indonesia A little pile of garbage. A lazy flame, slowly burning at the street side. A penetrating smell and lots of smoke. A very common scene in various countries around the world. How is it possible that even in major cities of rapidly developing countries, people still have to self-manage their daily waste? Giacomo Canetta, Contributor, The Netherlands Indonesia has gone through a lot of development in the past decades. Yogyakarta Read more…

Between Patriarchy and Colonialism: the Early Women’s Struggle in India and Indonesia

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day, when we appreciate how much women have achieved and how sexism and unequal opportunities still exist. The very first Women’s Day was organized by the Socialist Party of America in the United States on February 28th, 1909, in 1911 the Socialist International declared an International Women’s Day, and, finally, it was only in 1975 that the UN began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th. As you can Read more…

The Unlikely Results of Empire: the Story of Vietnamese People in Poland

           When going to Poland, would you expect to see, of all things, an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants? Empires always seem to have certain unexpected side effects that, at first glance, are always surprising. For example, their effects on national cuisine, just look in your local Albert Heijn for a pre-made Nasi Goreng. But perhaps even more interesting than this is the two-way relationship formed through such situations. In this case, I’d like to take Read more…

Sacred Games: What’s all the stir about?

You may have heard about the first Netflix Original series from India, ‘Sacred Games’. Released on 6 July 2018, the series is based on a 2006 thriller novel of the same name written by Indian-American author Vikram Chandra. In a short time, it has managed to attract many eyeballs, due to its politically controversial nature, display of violence, nudity, and use of profanity. Nevertheless, ‘Sacred Games’ has been widely acclaimed for its genuine portrayal of Read more…

Traditional Indonesian Beliefs in a Modern Indonesian Context: Continuity and Controversy

Indonesian culture is heavily influenced by the many traditional rituals, traditions, and beliefs that originate from the archipelago. Despite this, many forms of spirituality have come under heavy pressure after Indonesia became independent. How is it possible that Indonesia is suppressing its homegrown beliefs? Koen de Hek, Contributor Ceremony of a once popular local belief on Java, Sapto Darmo. As a result of almost continuous repression over the years, the number of ‘official’ adherents has Read more…

From English novel to Hindi film: linguistic debates in Half Girlfriend

How is the construction of national identity navigated through English books and Hindi cinema? And what role does language play in this? Julia Alting provides an in-depth in studying the book Half Girlfriend and its film adaptation. Julia Alting, Contributor, The Netherlands ‘Would you rather take a sensible student, or someone who speaks a foreign language well?’ Madhav Jha, a young man from rural Bihar, asks the professors of the prestigious St Stephen’s College in Delhi. Madhav Read more…

What led Jochem van den Boogert to the SSEA region?

Today, Samudra is proud to feature a brief interview with Jochem van den Boogert, one of the tutors for the area of South and South East Asia (SSEA), Philosophy of Science, and Cultural Studies, about his career path and how he became interested in the area of SSEA. Interviewer: Could you describe the path you have taken to reach your current specialism? As long as I can remember, I have had an interest in Asia Read more…