‘Stop denying and listen to us’: Papuans hopeful for talk, action to end everyday racism

first_img‘Do you think I’m an animal?’“I remember I sometimes regretted my decision to study in Java. If only I knew it would be that hurtful, I would have just gone to a university in Sorong,” Norce Herlin Mak Momao, 24, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.Like many young Papuans, Norce left Sorong, her homeland, in 2013 and flew to Yogyakarta to go to university there, hoping to benefit from better higher education standards.It was her first time living far away from her family, but she quickly learned how people tended to look at her and treat her differently because of her appearance or because she was from Papua. ‘Listen to us, stop denying’Growing up dark-skinned with curly hair in Indonesia is not easy, says 25-year-old vlogger Barneci Nuboba.As a native Papuan born and raised in Timika, Eci has seen how most young Papuan girls she knows have tried or been tempted to straighten their hair so they can feel better about themselves – so they can fit in.As a response to this, she started the online campaign #talingkarclub on Instagram, where girls post pictures of themselves showing off their curly hair with pride and connect with one another for support using the hashtag. Talingkar is the Papuan word for curly hair.“Growing up, we have no role models in Indonesia that can make us feel good about ourselves. Beautiful people are portrayed in the media only as light-skinned girls with straight hair,” Eci said.Barneci Nuboba (second right) poses with her best friends while visiting Pandawa Beach in Bali in 2019. Born and raised in Timika, Papua, Eci has for the past few years actively campaigned self-love for young Papuan women and for them to embrace their naturally curly hair. (Courtesy of/Barneci Nuboba)Since 2018, Eci has been posting videos on her Youtube channel dedicated to curly hair treatments, like tips to use coconut oil as a moisturizer, as well as other how-to styling videos. She has amassed a loyal following of 6,000 subscribers on her channel and regularly speaks in Papuan dialects to make her Papuan audience feel comfortable.However, her journey is not without its challenges.“I often find many racist comments on my channel mocking my hair and my skin or saying that it’s ugly. At first it really brought me down, but nowadays I just delete them immediately. There are many young followers on my channel, so I don’t want them to get hurt by those comments,” she said.Read also: Racism: My experience as a doctor in Papua“Even after all the things that we’ve experienced, some people still say that this kind of racism does not exist. I want to say to those people that unless you are Papuan, you’ll never be able to fully understand it.”Such racism is real and we face it every single day. So please listen to us and stop denying.” Read also: How Papuan students deal with everyday racismThe first few years were the hardest for her, she said.Finding a place to stay, for instance, was unnecessarily difficult. Once, the owner of a rooming house refused to take her in despite a sign advertising a vacancy up front. She was told there weren’t any rooms available.“I think when they see Papuans they have this belief that we are mean human beings who will bring trouble to their place,” Norce said.“When I go to restaurants or stores, I can feel how they stare at me from head to toe like there is something wrong with me. Those experiences made me want to stay in my room and avoid public places.”Oftentimes, even when she was with friends or family in public places like malls and tourist sites, strangers would casually take out their mobile phone to record or take pictures of her without her consent, all the while giggling among themselves and making her feel like a laughing stock.“One time I was so annoyed that I grabbed the cellphone from one of them and deleted the video of me they took. I told them, ‘do you think I’m an animal so you could treat me this way?’” she said. “They just went silent. They were adults, not some children. I was really angry.”Norce Herlin Mak Momao poses for her graduation picture while surrounded by flowers from family and friends, after completing her master’s degree in law from a university in Yogyakarta in May 2019. Norce is currently pursuing her doctoral degree and plans to return to her homeland in Sorong, Papua after she graduates. (Courtesy of/Norce Herlin Mak Momao)Norce’s sister, who is two years younger, also experienced such casual racism when she visited her for the holidays. It became such an unbearable experience that she decided to cancel her application to a university in Yogyakarta and return to Sorong to study.“Maybe if I had lighter skin or straight hair, I wouldn’t be treated this way. But it is beyond our power to choose the physical appearance we are born with,” Norce said. “We are also human, like any other. If they say Papua is really part of Indonesia, then educate yourself about us. The world is not only filled with people of your own race; educate your children about the diversity we have.”Norce is now pursuing a doctoral degree in law and working at a legal aid organization in Yogyakarta. She would return to Papua after graduating, she said, so that she could continue her work at a human rights organization.Discussions on racism in Papua have flourished in online seminars and on social media following the death of black American George Floyd, which galvanized the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the United States, which rippled across to Indonesia. A number of local groups began to discuss racism in the country by campaigning that #PapuanLivesMatter too.Read also: Papuan lives matter: George Floyd and colorism in IndonesiaEfforts to end years of racism against Papuans have not progressed fast enough, activists have bemoaned, but they believe the growing debate and sense of solidarity with the minority could be a good opportunity for change.“Racism has been happening for decades in Papua, but these discussions can be a positive start, as more and more people start to recognize these public issues and start addressing the problem,” Elvira Rumkabu, an international relations lecturer at Cenderawasih University, said on Sunday.“I believe this will bring change. We can’t end racism alone, we must do it together.”Elvira said people had been reluctant to discuss issues related to Papua, mostly due to the running narrative that there are only two sides of the equation: separatism or the undisputable Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (“NKRI harga mati”).“That’s the only narrative we have been fed. It has framed the discussion in a way that snuffs out any necessary debate on humanity. There is a fundamental human issue here that must be addressed; discussing Papua is discussing humanity,” she said. For years, media coverage on Papua has straddled narratives on politics, natural resources, development, security and human rights, attracting attention from around the world.However, there is one issue that is still rarely discussed in public – the casual racism experienced by native Papuans in their day-to-day lives.center_img ‘If you don’t want to sit next to a Papuan, don’t come to Papua’Even in their hometown, Papuans still face everyday racism. Yuliana Langowuyo, 37, the director of the Secretariat for Justice and Peace (SKPKC) Fransiskan Papua in Jayapura, shared just some of her stories that prove how casual racism can easily be found on the island.Yuliana recounted the several times that non-Papuan commuters would cover their noses whenever she hopped on an angkot (public minivan) in Jayapura. “I could tell that people like that were new in town, because people don’t do that if they’ve been living here for years. It still makes me angry, though,” she said.“One time, I met a lady who moved away from me in the angkot and was in a hurry to cover her nose and mouth with her jacket when she saw me. I told her, ‘if you don’t want to sit next to a Papuan, don’t come to Papua.’ Don’t come here just to hurt our feelings with that kind of attitude.”It is not just about the slurs and hurt feelings that are visible in the everyday experiences of native Papuans. Yuliana said she also saw that discrimination was baked into the government’s development projects.“There is a village called Kwarja in Jayapura. Jayapura’s native people live there, mostly cocoa farmers. There is [still] no asphalt road there, no schools or health facilities, and no electricity,” she told the Post.Yuliana Langowuyo (left) and her friend Caca pose for the camera at Tulsa international airport in Oklahoma, the United States, while waiting for their flight to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend an event held by the US mission to Indonesia. Yuliana is actively involved in advocating for human rights, justice and peace in Papua. (Courtesy of/Yuliana Langowuyo)Just 25 kilometers away from the village, in a residential complex built to accommodate people under the New Order’s transmigration scheme, the local administration has provided schools, health facilities and even an asphalt road to connect the five settlement units there, Yuliana said.“People in my church […] have tried for years to persuade the government to give better road access to the natives living in villages, but it’s so hard. They are still isolated and many of their children are still illiterate because they can’t go to school,” the activist complained.Read also: Govt drops appeal against ruling on internet shutdown in Papua“And this is happening in Jayapura, the capital city of Papua – can you imagine the discrimination that happens in other more rural regencies?”To ensure that her nieces and the younger generations of Papuans won’t have to experience the same everyday racism and discrimination that she currently faces, Yuliana insists on bringing this fight to the authorities.“This fight is not because we want to be glorified, we are involved in this fight so we can matter, just so we can be treated as other human beings. This is supposed to be our basic human right and the fact that we have to really struggle to achieve it is really saddening,” she said. Where is the government in this discussion?While more and more people have started to recognize the problem and tried to educate themselves about the struggles of everyday Papuans, activists have criticized the state for being so seemingly unmoved by the current changes underway.“Up until today, the government has not responded to any of these discussions. We need to push for bigger change, a change in our political and social constructs, a structural and systemic policy to end racism, said Elvira from Cendrawasih University.In a recent online discussion held by Human Rights Watch Group Indonesia, a National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) commissioner, Choirul Anam, highlighted that there was still no law enforcement measure that effectively addressed acts of racism in Indonesia.Read also: Papuan protesters sentenced to less than one year for treason amid calls to drop chargesThe people involved in alleged racial abuse against Papuan students in East Java last year were not even charged for their racist acts. Choirul said these people, which included military personnel and members of the general public, were instead charged for “making a commotion and being violent”.“We have failed to seriously address the matter at the heart of this racism case,” the commissioner said. “The government must use all the instruments at its disposal – from law enforcement, prevention to self-correction – to end racism.” Topics :last_img read more

The Block star couple will run a renovation workshop in Brentwood

first_imgCarlene and Michael Duffy from The Block are co-hosting a Beautylicious home styling campaign at Brentwood Forest estate on April 1.THE Block dynamic duo, Michael and Carlene Duffy, are getting their house funk on next Saturday, co-hosting a “Beautylicious” home styling campaign at Brentwood Forest estate.The couple, who own a seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom renovator’s delight on 1364sq m in Tallebudgeera, will be running a renovation workshop at the estate’s Community and Design Extravaganza.“We’ll be presenting a home design and renovation workshop, providing our top tips on how to identify your own signature style, and taking the opportunity to meet and greet and spend some time with the even attendees,” Ms Duffy said.“The event is one for the whole family and will also be packed full of activities and treats, including face painting, kids activities, a sausage sizzle and much more.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoKnown for winning the most number of room wins and the highest cumulative score overall on The Block Glasshouse, the dynamic duo are behind company Cedar and Suede, a home renovation and design consultancy service as well as parents to two young children aged seven and five.Brentwood Forest estate is an Avid Property Group estate in Bellbird Park with land prices starting at $169,000 and house and land packages from $302,515.Avid Queensland general manager Bruce Harper said the Avid team were thrilled the design gurus had come on board to offer something special to the community.“The community event is our way of treating Brentwood Forest residents and the local community,” Mr Harper said.“We know our residents and local families really appreciated these events where there’s something for everyone and the opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.”The event will run from 12pnm to 3pm in Rotary Park, Brentwood Forest, Columbia Drive, Bellbird Park.last_img read more

Unattainable ‘Great Australian Dream’ to blame for stuck-at-home generation, Corelogic survey finds

first_imgZachary Jamieson has just bought his first house at the age of 21. Pic Darren England.MORE than 60 per cent of Queenslanders living with their parents say they can’t afford to fly the family nest, according to a new survey on housing affordability.Home ownership is increasingly out of reach, but nine out of 10 Queenslanders are still holding on to the great Australian dream, the Galaxy Research survey commissioned by property data firm, Corelogic, reveals.The survey of 2000 Australians aged between 18 and 64 found a growing proportion of younger generations are finding themselves trapped in the family home — increasingly into their 30s — as they try to scrape together a deposit.Nationally, 1 in 5 millenials expect to be locked out of the property market until at least their 30th birthday.But Queenslanders still living at home are the most motivated to move out and buy, with nearly half saving money towards a deposit.The survey found getting the deposit was one of the biggest impediments to buying a home, with a third of Australians admitting they could not manage 10 per cent.It comes as the nation’s biggest mortgage insurer this week raised concerns about industry pressure on borrowers to have larger deposits.Genworth Mortgage Insurance said home buyers were scraping together deposits with forms of “unsecured debt”, such as parental guarantees — something Zachary Jamieson has taken advantage of.HOW MUCH OF A DEPOSIT CAN FIRST HOME BUYERS AFFORD?13% no deposit35% could put down 1-9%27% could put down 10-19%18% could put down over 20%(Source: Corelogic)The 21-year-old saved for a year for a deposit for his first home while living with his father, but ended up asking him to act as a guarantor for a loan.“I only had to pay a small amount of rent while I was living there, so it did make all the difference,” he said.“I definitely wanted to get into the market early because I could see myself getting comfortable and just staying there forever.”He bought a two-bedroom home in Waterford West for $255,000 a month ago and now spends half his weekly wage on mortgage repayments.“It’s just a matter of staying on top of it and making sure you’re budgeting in a smart fashion,” he said.GETTING A DEPOSIT AN IMPEDIMENT TO AFFORDING A HOME48% = Qld47% = WA46% = Tas44% = Vic42% = NSW42% = SA/NT38% = ACT(Source: Corelogic)Ray White Waterford principal Kate Handley said about 30 per cent of her agency’s clients were first home buyers and it was becoming more common for them to seek financial assistance or guarantees from parents to get on the property ladder.She said it was still common for first home buyers to be priced out of the market by investors competing for the same property.“It’s really disappointing for them and we see it happen a lot,” she said.When it comes to housing affordability, the Corelogic survey found 60 per cent of Queenslanders believe it is worse than it was last year and just as many expect it to worsen further next year.CONCERN ABOUT HOUSING AFFORDABILITY71% = ACT68% = NSW66% = Vic63% = Tas60% = Qld56% = SA/NT44% = WA(Source: Corelogic)Corelogic’s director of research Tim Lawless said that was significant given home values had increased substantially more in NSW and Victoria than in Queensland.“Income growth is lower in Queensland, which is probably one of the reasons behind the more pessimistic outlook,” he said.But it’s not just would-be first home buyers who are struggling.The research also reveals 12 per cent of Queensland homeowners are having difficulty paying their mortgage — the second highest number in the country after Tasmania.WHICH STATES ARE STRUGGLING MOST WITH MORTGAGE STRESS?Tas = 13%Qld = 12%WA = 12%SA/NT = 8%Vic = 6%More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoNSW = 5%ACT = 4%(Source: Corelogic)And this figure would jump to 28 per cent if interest rates increased by up to 1 per cent.The younger generation is the most vulnerable when it comes to mortgage stress.If interest rates rose by up to 1 per cent, 35 per cent of millennials claim they would struggle to keep up with mortgage repayments.“A lot of affordability challenges are embedded with the millennial generation,” Mr Lawless said.He was surprised the survey found 96 per cent of Australian millenials thought owning a home was important.“I thought attitudes among younger generations had changed a little bit and the desire for home ownership had dissipated,” he said.Ahead of the federal budget being handed down on Tuesday, respondents revealed what they believe could be done to improve housing affordability.Three quarters of Queenslanders think removing or reducing stamp duty would help, while a majority also think more jobs should be created in areas that have lower priced housing.STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING AFFORDABILITY73% — Reduce or remove stamp duty72% — Reduce or remove stamp duty for first home buyers71% — Create government grants or concessions for first home buyers65% — Create more jobs in areas with lower priced housing63% — Appoint a federal housing minister to improve affordability61% — Improve transport options and commuting60% — Release more vacant land57% — Limits on investment buying via regulation57% — Reduce costs paid by developers to build new homes53% — Build apartments close to major work centres51% — Reduce overseas migrants arriving in Australia(Source: Corelogic)“In reality it’s a federal, state and local government issue and involves each of those layers of government working together to manage housing demand and deliver appropriate housing supply, and ensure supply is connected with efficient transport infrastructure,” Lawless said.And he said there were conflicting interests in each layer of government.“When you look at the level of dwelling supply in southeast Queensland, there has been quite a bias towards dense stock which has outnumbered detached dwellings,” he said.“High rise apartments are more skewed towards investor demand, yet you’ll find the vast majority of first home buyers are young families.”The full Corelogic report can be found at www.corelogic.com.au/housingaffordability.last_img read more

Really speechless: Iyer fumes after Delhi lose 7 wickets for 8 runs vs Kings XI Punjab

first_imgDelhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer cut a disappointed figure as he walked up to do his post-match duties after their 14-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.Delhi Capitals were cruising when they were 144 for 3 in 16.3 overs in chase of 167 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. Colin Ingram and Rishabh Pant stitched a 50-plus partnership for the fourth wicket and it seemed the duo would take the Capitals past the finish line with ease. KXIP vs DC – REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSHowever, Mohammed Shami triggered a collapse when he removed Rishabh Pant in the fourth ball of the 17th over. Shami was a hit for a six before he hit the timber.Following the wicket of Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals lost the plot as they lost their last seven wickets for just 8 runs. It only needed 17 balls for one of the most shambolic collapses in the history of IPL cricket.England all-rounder Sam Curran sealed the deal for Kings XI Punjab with a hat-trick as he removed Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane in the first two balls of the 20th over when Delhi needed 15. Curran had removed Harshal Patel off the final ball of the 18th over. The youngster finished with figures of 4 for 11 in only his second IPL match.Head coach Ricky Ponting’s face in the dugout told the story of Delhi Capitals’ horror night in Mohali. On the other hand, the Kings XI Punjab owners were jumping in joy, witnessing R Ashwin’s men script a remarkable comeback.”Really disappointing. With the way we were going, we came ball to ball and to lose from there, really disappointing. We didn’t play smart cricket and Punjab outplayed us in all the departments. They were really cool and calm in that situation. I am really speechless. It is a crucial match and losing such matches is not going to benefit us. The way Ingram was going, with ball to ball, it is really difficult to see us losing wickets like that from outside and the batsmen not taking initiative to win the game,” a disappointed Shreyas Iyer said.advertisementDelhi Capitals had head into Monday’s match in Mohali on the back of a tense finish in Feroz Shah Kotla against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. KKR forced Super Over as DC suffered a late collapse in their pursuit of 186. Iyer’s men though emerged victorious the other night.Stressing on the need to remain positive after two tight games, Iyer said: “It is really going to be important for us to stay motivated. These are the small factors we have to work hard on. Mentally we have trained ourselves on how to finish the games. We are getting good starts but need to focus on winning the games.”Having lost two of their four games, Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next IPL 2019 match at home on Thursday.Also Read | IPL 2019: Sam Curran does the Bhangra with Preity Zinta after taking hat-trickAlso Read | Sam Curran did not realise he had taken a hat-trick: Couldn’t hear myself thinkAlso See:last_img read more