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Jakarta Post

Sandwich generation in Indonesia: Caught between parents and children

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 10, 2019   /  05:41 pm
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Dutiful children: Annisa Maulida Sofia (second left), 24, carries her four-month old daughter alongside her husband, Aditya Rahman (second right), 24, and her parents in-law on July 28. Annisa and her little family live with her husband's parents in Gresik, East Java.(Courtesy of Annisa Maulida Sofia/-)

For Annisa Maulida Sofia, a 24-year-old business owner in Gresik, East Java, saving up money is proving difficult, as she and her husband have to foot bills for their parents. The wedding photography venture she had founded with her husband is growing, but business relies heavily on wedding seasons, hence their income can be uncertain at times. Their spending increased with the birth of their daughter four months ago. “I don’t mind providing for my in-laws, because that’s our duty as their children, and we also still live in their house […]. However, it is indeed harder to save up now, with the seasonal business and a newborn to look after,” she told The Jakarta Post. In a country with poor pension coverage where almost half of the elderly live with their children and grandchildren, it is common to find working-age people covering the needs of thei...