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September 21, 2023

Jakarta Post Editorial - September 21, 2023

Jakarta – There is an excuse that is often invoked to justify the refusal by Western museums to return cultural artifacts looted from their former colonies.

September 18, 2023

The Herald - September 18, 2023

Adam Bobbette – It is well known that Scots played crucial roles maintaining the British empire. This extended even to Java. The British ruled there for a short time from 1811-1816.

July 11, 2023

Associated Press - July 11, 2023

Leiden – The Netherlands and Indonesia on Monday hailed the return of hundreds of cultural artifacts taken – sometimes by force – during colonial times as a major step forward in restit

May 26, 2023

Tabloid Jubi - May 26, 2023

Jayapura, Jubi – According to Grace Linda Yoku, the Head of the Culture Division at the Jayapura City Education and Culture Office, Mount Srobu is an ancient civilization in Papua that

Antara News - May 26, 2023

Wuryanti P, Kenzu, Jakarta – The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated the archive of the first Indonesian President Sukarno's speech

March 10, 2023

Jakarta Post - March 10, 2023

Kate Newsome, Jakarta – As Indonesia's historic newspapers perish in the archives, the country risks forever losing the voices of its past.

February 15, 2023

Jakarta Post - February 15, 2023

Yohana Belinda, Jakarta – Though people in the area think of it as a haunted house, the building plays a vital role in preserving a part of Indonesian history and culture through its re

December 18, 2022

Channel News Asia - December 18, 2022

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – Archaeologist Candrian Attahiyat remembered feeling anxious when construction for the second phase of Jakarta's underground mass rapid transit (MRT) network bega

December 7, 2022

Jakarta Post - December 7, 2022

Tunggul Wirajuda, Jakarta – To keep the iconic Indonesian dagger relevant today, kris experts carried out the age-old puja rahayu ningrat ceremony at Jakarta's Bentara Budaya cultural c

October 19, 2022

Agence France-Presse - October 19, 2022

The Hague, Netherlands – Indonesia has asked the Netherlands to hand back at least eight art pieces and natural history collections that were acquired during the colonial era, including

February 15, 2022

Jakarta Post - February 15, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – An ancient inscription on an andesite slab presumed to be from the time of the Mataram kingdom in the 10th century was found during a recent excavation of an unname

February 14, 2022

Dutch News - February 14, 2022

Senay Boztas – On the walls and counters, like portraits in blood, are the stylised images of eyewitnesses to four years of horrifying violence in Indonesia.

February 10, 2022

The Guardian - February 10, 2022

Daniel Boffey – The director of the Rijksmuseum said he was "happy" as Dutch prosecutors announced they would not proceed with an investigation into complaints over a newly opened exhib

January 16, 2022

Channel News Asia - January 16, 2022

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – For most people, graveyards are places to avoid as they are often associated with spirits or spooky things best left to the otherworld.

September 2, 2021

Jakarta Post - September 2, 2021

Raka Ibrahim, Jakarta – Nobody knows precisely how it all ended, but we know what came after.

August 27, 2021

Channel News Asia - August 27, 2021

Jakarta – Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 7,200-year-old skeleton from a female hunter-gatherer in Indonesia that has a "distinct human lineage" never found anywhere in

May 13, 2021

WA Today - May 13, 2021

Stuart Layt – Priceless ancient cave paintings in the Indonesian archipelago are crumbling at an increasing rate due to the effects of climate change.

March 19, 2021

Jakarta Globe - March 19, 2021

Raghu Gururaj – Through the centuries, India has been a source of inspiration for art and architecture in Sumatra as it has been to the entire Southeast Asia.

February 14, 2021

Jakarta Globe - February 14, 2021

By Raghu Gururaj


May 25, 2020

Jakarta Globe - May 25, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – Interdisciplinary cooperation will be needed to take care of Indonesia's cultural heritage sites and keep them sustainable during the coronavirus pandemic, th

February 26, 2020

The Interpreter - February 26, 2020

Robin Perry – We were 45 metres up, precariously perched on a platform in the rainforest canopy, looking north towards West Papua as the early morning mist cleared to reveal the shimme

February 8, 2020

Eureka Alert - February 8, 2020

The areas of Indonesia where Dutch colonial rulers built a huge sugar-producing industry in the 1800s remain more economically productive today than other parts of the country, accordi

January 7, 2020

Jakarta Post - January 7, 2020

Jakarta – The Dutch government has returned 1,500 historical artifacts to Indonesia, four years after an agreement was made with the Education and Culture Ministry.

December 31, 2019

News Room - December 31, 2019

Dr Mark Busse and Sophie Faber – West Papua has been in the media more than usual over the last six months, with stories about indigenous protests against racism and repression, demand

December 11, 2019

The Guardian - December 11, 2019

Hannah Devlin – Cave art depicting human-animal hybrid figures hunting warty pigs and dwarf buffaloes has been dated to nearly 44,000 years old, making it the earliest known cave art b

July 10, 2018

Jakarta Post - July 10, 2018

Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – A newspaper named Bintang-Barat published in Batavia (now Jakarta) in 1871 is displayed on the wall of Bentara Budaya, an exhibition hall in Yogyakarta.

March 18, 2018

Asia Times - March 18, 2018

Aisyah Llewellyn Medan, Sumatra – "We aren't allowed to talk about the ghosts anymore" explains Ernest Siregar, a guide at Tjong A Fie Mansion while giving a tour of the famous heritage

August 21, 2017

Jakarta Post - August 21, 2017

Jakarta – Culture director general at the Culture and Education Ministry Hilmar Farid said of 400 museums operating in the country, only 15 percent opened their doors to visitors.

October 5, 2015

Jakarta Post - October 5, 2015

Linawati Sidarto, Contributor, Amsterdam – While slavery in Dutch colonies in America is a known historical fact, hardly anyone is aware that up to a million people were bought, sold and had to end

September 1, 2015

Sydney Morning Herald - September 1, 2015

Jewel Topsfield – Anthony Liem still has memories of the Indonesian war of independence.

February 7, 2015

Sydney Morning Herald - February 7, 2015

Michael Bachelard – The people of Lolat in the high mountains of West Papua had their first experience of a white man in 1968, and it was a culinary one.

June 10, 2014

Radio New Zealand International - June 10, 2014

A graphic novel advocating West Papuan independence has been released online, as part of efforts to provide an alternative version of the history of the Indonesian-run province.

August 29, 2013

The Guardian - August 29, 2013

Marni Cordell – Indonesia officially acquired West Papua in 1969, after a sham ballot on independence in which only a handful of the local population were allowed to vote.

January 28, 2012

Straits Times - January 28, 2012

Desiree Tay – Glodok was once the vibrant heart of this capital city's Chinese community.

January 24, 2012

Jakarta Globe - January 24, 2012

Ezra Sihite – The contribution of ethnic Chinese to Indonesia has not been clearly recorded in history books, and rectifying this could help to overcome lingering discrimination, a hist

December 12, 2008

Canberra Times - December 12, 2008

Emma Macdonald – East Timor might be the newest sovereign state in the world, but for PhD graduate Nuno Oliveira the tiny country's ancient history is its most compelling feature.

August 20, 2007

Jakarta Post - August 20, 2007

Jakarta – The Indonesian people still need nationalism, albeit of a different kind, when facing a globalization movement "fueled by capitalism", says an academic.

August 1, 2007

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs - August 2007

Flag of Timor-Leste is red, with a black isosceles triangle (based on the hoist side) superimposed on a slightly longer yellow arrowhead that extends to the center of the flag; there is

March 29, 2007

Jakarta Post - March 29, 2007

Jakarta – Acehnese cultural experts are calling for the revival of traditional and religious culture in Aceh, saying that local customs were strong prior to their erosion by the region'

April 8, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald - April 8, 2006

Hamish McDonald – Thirty years ago I met a Papuan man called Imser in a place called Valley X, high in the mountainous spine of the Indonesian half of New Guinea.

February 8, 2006

The Independent (UK) - February 8, 2006

Paul Kingsnorth – "Tomorrow," said Galile, "I will take you to the Bird of Paradise. We know where they live. You will hear them, and maybe see them too. They are very beautiful."

October 3, 2000

Straits Times - October 3, 2000

Jakarta – Indonesia's reformist government is reviewing official histories of key moments in the country's past that it says were misrepresented by former President Suharto's regime.