5 savoury facts about rendang, a legendary dish

The history, ingredients, and reverence of rendang are as rich and savory as the dish itself, shares Afia R Fitriati. Rendang is a popular spicy dish found in some countries in Southeast Asia. It is so popular, in fact, that it has become one of the must-serve dishes for festive occasions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, … Read more

Pageants as Empowerment or Objectification?

Whether participants bare their shoulders or not, women’s beauty pageants are essentially the same, writes Sya Taha. Some Muslims in Indonesia are unhappy about the finals of Miss World 2013 to be held in Bali this week. The event has sparked protests from conservative groups across Indonesia. As a response to classic beauty pageants, Rofi Eka … Read more

The Ancient Secrets of Traditional Medicine

Herbs with medicinal properties have long been in use, dating back to the time of the Aztecs. Eren Cervantes-Altamirano shares a few natural remedies used by her family to treat common ailments. During my last trip to Mexico, I picked up a copy of the magazine Arqueología Mexicana. This special 20th-anniversary edition featured the Códice de la Cruz-Badiano … Read more