The Tomohon Extreme Market, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, takes pride in its reputation as one of the country’s “scariest markets.”
On any given day, tourists walking down its aisles can see wildlife ranging from cats and dogs, to bats, snakes and monkeys being bludgeoned with a wooden pole and then blowtorched, sometimes while still alive, and sold as food.
The animals have remained on the menu since a coronavirus outbreak in China was linked to bats or snakes.
But visitor numbers have dropped drastically since the Indonesian government brought in a temporary ban on Chinese visitors that came into effect on Wednesday.
And animal rights groups have called on the Indonesian governmen
Chinese-Indonesian Eri Widoera, 24, decided to study Mandarin as he saw more Chinese companies entering Indonesia.
“If you can speak Mandarin, Indonesian and English, certainly your competitiveness in the market [will be much higher],” he said.
He also felt the need to reconnect with his Chinese roots, even though he describes himself as a proud third-generation Indonesian.
In recent years, more Chinese-Indonesians have decided to learn Mandarin and send their children to Chinese-medium schools.
It is a change from the era of dictator Suharto, whose policies to encourage assimilation meant Chinese-owned media outlets were banned and expressions of Chinese culture and language were illegal
Monika, from Indonesia, was promised a good life if she married a man from China.
The 23-year-old soon found out that she had been lied to by the matchmaker who recruited her. She says her husband beat her for refusing to have sex with him. Her mother-in-law physically and verbally abused her.
This is the story of her 10-month ordeal.
“The matchmaker told me that I would live a good life in China, and that I would be able to send money to my parents and that my husband would give me an allowance,” she said. “She also said that I would be able to return home and visit my parents any time.”
Monika, who completed only the early years of secondary school and doesn’t speak English or Chinese, dec