Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies


Taylor & Francis


School of Arts and Humanities


Edith Cowan University


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in INTER-ASIA CULTURAL STUDIES on 13/02/2023, available online:

Adji, A. N., & Tjitrodjojo, W. (2023). Joining bits and pieces: A Chinese Indonesian mother–daughter collaborative witnessing as a resource for writing an autobiographical novel. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 24(1), 19-35.


In this article, I as researcher and my mother as collaborator present small stories about our own and my late grandmother’s lived experiences during the New Order and Reformasi eras in Indonesia. Both perform a collaborative witnessing, which is a form of “relational autoethnography” that enables researchers to focus on and evocatively tell the lives of others through conversation and shared storytelling as a source that informs my life writing practice. Collaborating with my mother, this article is a reflection on how I, as a young Chinese Indonesian woman writer, capture and negotiate my family’s hybrid identities as double minorities through writing an autobiographical novel on my late grandmother’s and my mother’s lived experiences as well as my own.



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