Do you recommend any books or movies about this city/country for those who are interested in learning more?
Pramoedya Ananta Tour, considered by some to be Indonesia's greatest author, wrote an epic tetralogy set in Surabaya from the late nineteenth into the early twentieth century. It is a great introduction to Javanese culture. The tetralogy is known as "The Baru Quartet" and the first book is titled "This Earth of Mankind." - Nov 2018
Rough Guide has good chapters on East Java that seem fairly accurate. Indonesia, Etc. is a popular book about Indonesia these days. - Oct 2015
The Politics of Indonesia (Kingsbury); The End of Innocence?: Indonesian Islam and the Temptation of Radicalism (Feillard, Madinier, and Wee); Instant Indonesian: How to Express 1,000 Different Ideas with Just 100 Key Words and Phrases! - Apr 2015
Buy the Lonely Planet guide to Indonesia, which I have found to be useful all over the country. Purchase the Tuttle Indonesian/English dictionary. - Oct 2010
Any history of Indonesia or Java. - Aug 2009
Buru Quartet by Pramoedya. - Aug 2009