How to disappear completely: Conversation with a permanent migrant

What follows is a slightly edited transcript of a conversation with a migrant worker from Indonesia whom I have known for some time. Personal details have been omitted for privacy. Fluid borders My hometown? Surabaya.  Going through immigration is easy. It costs about RM250 to 300 per person. After paying, you just go to KLIA …

Longing and Belonging in Java (JFKL Newsletter)

My project, titled Longing and Belonging, is primarily interested in understanding the relationship between people and railway heritage in contemporary Southeast Asia and Japan. Between December 2019 and February 2020, I was based in Java, Indonesia. This is a brief report written for the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur Newsletter 'Teman Baru' Issue 112, July - …