Locating the historical Kartini: The creation of Indonesia’s national feminist icon

"Like so many iconic figures of history, over the last century, Raden Adjeng Kartini has been much mythologised, misused and misread – or should that be not

Long reads

Ancestors of Flores ‘hobbits’ may have been pioneers of first ‘human’ migration out of Africa

In the most widely accepted model of human evolution today, the first emergence of hominins out of Africa involved Homo erectus, and happened some time after 2m years ago. But...

Ancestors of Flores ‘hobbits’ may have been pioneers of first ‘human’ migration out of Africa

Become a Mom OR Keep Your Career: Indonesian women explain why it’s nearly impossible for them to do both

Most women in Indonesia feel tremendous cultural pressure to become mothers and tremendous economic pressures to excel at their jobs - and it's almost impossible for them to do...

Become a Mom OR Keep Your Career: Indonesian women explain why it’s nearly impossible for them to do both

Tales of the Forest People: Local legends that protect orangutans in a way environmental regulations cannot

In West Kalimantan, there are a range of beliefs, taboos and stories, from ancient traditions to more recent anecdotes, about the great apes. Among Dayak sub-ethnic groups,...

Tales of the Forest People: Local legends that protect orangutans in a way environmental regulations cannot

30,000-year-old ice age art and ‘jewellery’ found in Indonesian cave reveal ancient symbolic culture

A cave dig in Indonesia has unearthed a unique collection of prehistoric ornaments and artworks that date back in some instances to at least 30,000 years ago. The site is thought...

30,000-year-old ice age art and ‘jewellery’ found in Indonesian cave reveal ancient symbolic culture

Meet the man who is giving hope to beardless Indonesian guys

Many Indonesian men are baby-faced no more thanks to American hair growth products sold by Indonesian online entrepreneurs like Mister

Meet the man who is giving hope to beardless Indonesian guys

WATCH: Indonesian girl howls through circumcision as debate over the practice heats up

"It's hard to see her crying like this, but it is tradition," her father Arjun Djafar said at the

WATCH: Indonesian girl howls through circumcision as debate over the practice heats up

Aussie Rules Jakarta: With few resources besides a love of the game, Indonesian footy champs fight to compete at the International Cup

Nestled deep in Buperta Park in Cibubur, a neighborhood in East Jakarta, there’s a sporting field with wonky goalposts casting short, crooked shadows under the hot, midday sun....

Aussie Rules Jakarta: With few resources besides a love of the game, Indonesian footy champs fight to compete at the International Cup

FEATURE: Indonesia’s only Islamic transgender boarding school forced to close by hardliners

A handful of Muslim transgender women wash their faces, put on white robes and begin to pray, an act of quiet defiance after their study centre in Indonesia was shut by...

FEATURE: Indonesia’s only Islamic transgender boarding school forced to close by hardliners

Silencing the critics: The 5 most outrageous and ridiculous cases of UU ITE violations

Indonesia’s Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE), which criminalizes any electronic media communication that could be considered defamatory or slanderous, is...

Silencing the critics: The 5 most outrageous and ridiculous cases of UU ITE violations

Coconuts Jakarta Long reads

Indonesia and especially Jakarta are places where it’s easy to make snap judgements about things because the bigger picture is so often obfuscated behind impenetrable cultural and historical complexities. That’s is the problem that our Long Reads are here to answer. Longform journalism isn’t just about word count, it’s about giving a story the time and space it needs to explain the subtleties of the subject matter from a variety of perspectives and sources.