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Women in Indonesia Dare Devi: Riding Satan’s barrel

Each night, 20-year-old stunt-rider Devi Apriliyani rides “Satan’s Barrel” as her husband and daughter look on. An already controversial act in socially conservative Indonesia, one fact complicates matters further – she is pregnant By Agoes Rudianto

15 hours ago6-minute read

13 January 2020
THIS WEEK IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Against the grain.

This week is all about those going against the grain, as on Monday we publish our story on Vietnamese art curator Đỗ Tường Linh, who has spent years expanding people’s understanding of anti-colonial politics through art, as well as creating a Global South-led art scene in Hanoi. Tuesday sees us mark the start Cambodian opposition figure Kem Sokha’s trial for “treason and espionage” by talking with his daughter Monovithya, who shares her warm tales of her father. On Wednesday we continue our Future Forum collaboration by examining the Kingdom’s education system in the year 2040, while we wrap up with Indonesian female stunt bike rider Devi Apriani, who is overcoming conservative attitudes in the Muslim-majority nation and putting her life on the line in the name of entertainment.
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