Vital Signs: In Bali’s ‘deaf village,’ a unique language gives hope to a new generation

For the first eight years of her life, Nyoman Rasthi Asih was a girl without a language. Born deaf into a family of hearing people, Asih had no way of communicating with her parents and two older siblings. She was prone to emotional outbursts, frustrated to the point of tears that she could neither express ...

‘We must stay vigilant’: survivors of Bali bombings mark 17th anniversary

‘We must stay vigilant’: survivors of Bali bombings mark 17th anniversary

Saturday marked the 17th anniversary of the Bali Bombings, the country’s deadliest terrorist attack that killed 202 victims.

Dear tourists: No, you won’t be jailed for having sex with your unmarried partner in Bali

Dear tourists: No, you won’t be jailed for having sex with your unmarried partner in Bali

You are not being robbed of your right to have sex... yet.

RKUHP Explainer: All the controversial articles in Indonesia’s criminal code overhaul

RKUHP Explainer: All the controversial articles in Indonesia’s criminal code overhaul

Indonesia’s government and House of Parliament (DPR) look set to pass a draft revision to the country’s criminal code (RKUHP) next week, raising widespread alarm among...

Taman Baca Kesiman: a ‘reading garden’ in Bali aims to inspire critical thought among islanders

Taman Baca Kesiman: a ‘reading garden’ in Bali aims to inspire critical thought among islanders

Taman Baca Kesiman, which was established in 2014, wants to support Balinese people in developing critical thought through reading.

A Bali-based bookseller’s quest to achieve gender balance on our bookshelves by highlighting female authors

A Bali-based bookseller’s quest to achieve gender balance on our bookshelves by highlighting female authors

Do you read women authors? This Instagram bookseller from Bali is inviting more readers to explore works by women.

First Steps: Balinese woman back on her feet after overcoming unthinkable act of domestic violence

First Steps: Balinese woman back on her feet after overcoming unthinkable act of domestic violence

(Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of brutal acts of domestic violence, reader discretion is advised.) Ni Putu Kariani’s first steps in more than a year...

Year in Review: The best of Coconuts Bali’s 2018 original content

Year in Review: The best of Coconuts Bali’s 2018 original content

Now that we’re about to call it a wrap on 2018, we think it’s pretty fair to say that 2018 was a standout year for Coconuts Bali in putting out compelling, affecting, original...

Vital Signs: In Bali’s ‘deaf village,’ a unique language gives hope to a new generation

Vital Signs: In Bali’s ‘deaf village,’ a unique language gives hope to a new generation

For the first eight years of her life, Nyoman Rasthi Asih was a girl without a language. Born deaf into a family of hearing people, Asih had no way of communicating with her...

#UninstallGojek and the high cost of supporting LGBT rights in Indonesia

#UninstallGojek and the high cost of supporting LGBT rights in Indonesia

Lately, it feels like we’re teetering dangerously close to reliving the worst of the LGBT moral panic that swept Indonesia in 2016.

‘Proud to have known you’: Heroic air traffic controller Anthonius Gunawan Agung’s colleagues remember him

‘Proud to have known you’: Heroic air traffic controller Anthonius Gunawan Agung’s colleagues remember him

Colleagues of the Palu earthquake hero Anthonius Gunawan Agung remember him with fondness.


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