Oliver Boden – Australian Labor governments have tended to want friendlier relations with their Asian neighbors.
Language & Culture
July 28, 2022
February 27, 2022
Johannes NugrohoSouth – Indonesians have a saying that a name is akin to a prayer.
February 8, 2022
Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – From a decades-long tradition to movie inspiration – arisan is a social rite, financial help, a fun get-together and more.
December 14, 2021
Edward Aspinall, Sharyn Davies and Vedi Hadiz – Back in the 1990s, when Indonesia was the subject of former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating's "magnificent obsession", courses on
November 11, 2021
We at Coconuts have been adamant for quite a while that cultural inferiority complex has no place in the 21st century, and it's nice to see President Joko Widodo on our side on this iss
November 9, 2021
Taufik Wijaya, Palembang, Indonesia – Silo Siswanto picks a rejung melody over a guitar fretboard under stage lights in the Teater Potlot in the city of Palembang, evoking the fragility
September 28, 2021
Elena Williams – Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian study abroad to Indonesia was booming.
April 21, 2021
Melissa Crouch – Universities are vital institutional actors in Australia's relations with Indonesia.
December 4, 2020
Aja Styles – The Australian Indonesian Business Council has written to Murdoch University's vice chancellor calling for the reconsideration of a decision to axe its Indonesian language
February 21, 2020
Jakarta – Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said he dreamed of making Indonesian a commonly used language in Southeast Asia.
January 17, 2020
Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – Almost nobody gets it right on the first try. Since Ailen was in elementary school until university, people often misread her name as Alien.
December 14, 2019
Jakarta – Dozens of Indonesians have taken part in a shouting competition in the capital Jakarta, taking five minutes on stage to belt out advice on issues such as health, education an
December 13, 2019
Jakarta – Pencak silat, a traditional Indonesian martial art married with dance that has found a wider audience in film in the past few years, was recognized on Thursday as a piece of
December 10, 2019
Jakarta – Occasionally you may overhear people gossiping about someone else and they use the term julid, or you come across the word ambyar when you are scrolling through your Twitter
December 8, 2019
Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Perempuan Berkebaya, or "Women in Kebaya," a community of women in Jakarta who has been preaching the gospel of the traditional Indonesian blouse in the past f
November 26, 2019
Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Members of Indonesia's Regional Representative Council and researchers say the government should prioritize a "cultural approach" to end decades of conflicts i
November 18, 2019
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Education and Culture Ministry is holding an exhibition of Papuan culture, titled "The Diversity of Papuan Culture," at the Sarinah Mall on Jalan Thamrin in C
November 3, 2019
Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Local and international storytellers gathered together to entertain children and educate parents about the importance of storytelling during the two-day Indone
October 30, 2019
Jakarta – New words that might be more often seen on social media than in textbooks have been included in the Great Dictionary of the Indonesian Language of the Language Center (KBBI).
October 10, 2019
Arya Dipa, Bandung – The government has named 13 traditional arts from West Java as intangible cultural heritage as a way to protect the arts from being claimed by other countries.
Jakarta – A new regulation signed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo makes the use of Indonesian the obligatory official language in a broad range of activities, ranging from school les
October 9, 2019
President Joko Widodo has passed a Presidential Regulation (Perpres) on the use of Bahasa Indonesia, and boy is it going to upset some South Jakarta millennials.
July 28, 2019
Musa Abubar and Eliswan Azly, Jayapura – The Papua Archaeological Center's researcher, Hari Suroto, highlighted the importance of teaching "koteka" (penis gourd) at schools in the cent
July 20, 2019
Nick Rodway and Grace Dungey – In a time of near universal dependence on the English language, it is all too easy to dismiss the importance of linguistic diversity across the globe.
June 21, 2019
Yogyakarta – It is widely known that Indonesia was once ruled by a Hindu kingdom.
May 11, 2019
Jakarta – The first Indonesia International Islamic Fair was held on May 9 through May 11 at Balai Kartini, Jakarta, bridging the gap between diverse Islamic cultures from all over the
April 18, 2019
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat – In early April, 36 arts teachers from various provinces in Indonesia were invited for education and cultural communication training at the China Conservator
Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar – The Bali administration is drafting a regulation to identify and protect the province's cultural assets from piracy.
March 4, 2019
Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – During a visit by the SMK (vocational high school) Taruna Nusantara at the Bogor Presidential Palace, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo called for people t
February 1, 2019
Jon Afrizal, Jambi – A linguist in Jambi has criticized the rampant use of "cliches" or gobbledygook among government officials and political institutions, saying that such use comes f
August 13, 2018
Estevao Nuno – The executive director (CEO) of NGO Timor Aid, Florentino Sarmento, said the original culture of Timor, handed down from the ancestors will go extinct unless young Timore
May 21, 2018
Estevao Nuno – Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Timor Aid aims to preserve Timor's culture through book documentation to inform Timorese in the future about their culture.
May 3, 2018
Vincent Paunovic – A country under siege for decades, Timor-Leste has more than its fair share of challenges as it seeks to develop, recover and move forward after decades of struggle u
October 15, 2017
In the far-east of Timor-Leste, where the road narrows to one lane overhung with vegetation, where crocodiles still lurk in the rivers, and where freedom fighters were born, lies Lospalos.
February 28, 2017
Paulina Quintao – The Alola Foundation has called on women's weaving groups to preserve and maintain the originality of tais traditions as part of the country's identity.
August 2, 2016
Jakarta – The Ministry of Education and Culture's Head of Language Development Agency, Dadang Sunendar, has said that 139 ethnic languages in Indonesia are at risk of falling out of use.
November 20, 2015
It would be an "irreversible national scandal" if Australia allowed Indonesian studies to cease in this country, the federal shadow treasurer warns.The language is on track for extincti
June 17, 2015
Bengkulu, Jubi – Two Papuan indigenous languages, Saponi and Mapia, are among 14 Indonesian tongues that have gone extinct.
February 2, 2015
Paulina Quintao – The Alola Foundation (FA) is urging the Timorese government to create regulation that will protect the originality of the Tais (traditional cloth) of Timor, including motifs used
November 24, 2014
Martinha Gusmao – The Education Ministry, through the National University of Timor Lorosa'e, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Portugal's University of Coimbra committing th
August 11, 2014
Jakarta – A group of artists from the Indonesian Arts Coalition has criticized a draft bill on culture that is currently being legislated by the House of Representatives.
February 10, 2014
Paulina Quintao – The Monitoring and Advocacy Officer for Programs at the Timor-Leste Coalition for Education (TLCE), Joao Soares R.
October 21, 2013
August 9, 2013
The KNPB (West Papua National Committee) and PNWP (West Papua National Parliament) will march through the streets of West Papua on August 15th on a Papuan cultural parade in support of
January 4, 2012
Brendan Brady, Dili – The sleeves of his button-down shirt rolled up, standing on an open-air stage before an audience of hundreds, the man read his poems with dramatic pauses, varied i
December 14, 2011
Jakarta – Only 10 percent of the nation's local languages will survive by the end of the century, according to a researcher.
July 21, 2011
Banjir Ambarita – An Indonesian soldier was killed in an ambush at Puncak Jaya district in Papua on Thursday.
August 12, 2009
Jakarta – The Java and Lampung chapters of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) have issued a fatwa that debus, the Banten traditional martial art, is haram or forbidden under Islamic law
December 10, 2008
Dili – The Secretary General of Fretilin and former Prime Minister of East Timor, Mari Alkatiri, said today in Dili that there are "attacks" against Portuguese as official language in T