Unpaid and overworked: Inside the exploitative world of student internships

It wasn’t exactly the start to the professional life Agus dreamed of. For the past three years, the 23-year-old struggled to obtain college credits via his internship program, having toiled without pay at three different companies.

The demons of conversion therapy in Indonesia

The demons of conversion therapy in Indonesia

Carolyn* can never get out of her head the memory of her parents bringing her to conversion therapy. The transwoman from South Sulawesi was 13 then, and society expected her to...

Kpop, an eruption, and an arowana: The most popular Coconuts Jakarta stories of 2020 

Kpop, an eruption, and an arowana: The most popular Coconuts Jakarta stories of 2020 

Whether it counts or not, we have finally reached the end of 2020 -- which calls for us at Coconuts Jakarta to revisit the year’s most popular stories.

Terror victims in Indonesia recount life-altering attacks as struggle for support continues

Terror victims in Indonesia recount life-altering attacks as struggle for support continues

On the Saturday night of October 12, 2002 in Bali, Gatut Indro Suranto was driving home with his coworkers after a business dinner. As they rolled in front of Sari Club in Kuta,...

Kwitang neighborhood offers Jakarta protesters safe refuge from harm

Kwitang neighborhood offers Jakarta protesters safe refuge from harm

On the evening of Oct. 8, Sandi Pulungan found himself hiding near an empty plot of land. The 29-year-old kept his head low, occasionally looking up to check his surroundings. At...

For Jakarta’s COVID-19 case tracers, each gruelling day blends right into the next

For Jakarta’s COVID-19 case tracers, each gruelling day blends right into the next

Aulia hasn’t had the time to take a breather during what she has described as an exhausting months-long marathon. Ever since Indonesia officially recorded its first COVID-19...

Drug decriminalization in Indonesia is not easy, but necessary

Drug decriminalization in Indonesia is not easy, but necessary

Bambang Yulistyo Dwi Mulyanto aka Tedjo, 48, has dealt with the judicial system more times than he would’ve liked as a drug user. It started when he was a senior high school...

Islamic boarding school finds strength in spiritual pursuit, community, and physical distancing

Islamic boarding school finds strength in spiritual pursuit, community, and physical distancing

It had been four months since the santri (Islamic boarding school students) of An Nuqthah in Tangerang, Banten last studied, ate, slept, and lived with each other. In late June,...

For Jakarta’s informal workers, the pandemic brings more uncertainty than ever for the future

For Jakarta’s informal workers, the pandemic brings more uncertainty than ever for the future

Jakarta's informal workers had it rough before the pandemic. With COVID-19, survival is on the line.

Tracing the Infected: How far can COVID-19 mass surveillance work in Indonesia?

Tracing the Infected: How far can COVID-19 mass surveillance work in Indonesia?

Can COVID-19 mass surveillance curb the spread of the disease in Indonesia?


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Although Coconuts is known for offering quick takes on the latest and craziest news, we also endeavor provide more in-depth looks at Jakarta through feature stories. Whether examining a new trend on social media, taking a closer look at one of the capital’s intriguing subcultures or offering you a guide on how to better enjoy life in the capital, our features aim to show our readers a side of the city they’ve never seen before. For our longform features, our in-staff writers and talented contributors do deep dives into the most unique aspects of living in the Big Durian. We also rely on contributors for regular columns that offer their fresh and juicy takes on the latest trends taking over Jakarta. As opinionated as our regular news can be, we can get really politically incorrect in our opinion pieces which tackle the toughest and most controversial issues facing Jakarta and Indonesia. We also offer up interviews with some of the capital’s most intriguing figures, from creators to leaders to analysts, that go way beyond the surface. We also regularly feature photo essays showing off some of the best, most amazing work from the incredibly talented photographers working in Indonesia.