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    Monday, July 23, 2007

    I'm from a third world country, after all 

    The Indonesians,

    Perhaps we were not destined for greatness
    perhaps we have to be satisfied with begging to first world countries

    What is it? Seems like Japanese, Chinese, Koreans & Singaporeans understand something that we don't...
    But why? What is it? Such great mystery keep me awake at night

    Those Asians, they don't necessarily speak better English
    yet, they stand up straight and walk ahead
    Why can they held their head up high, while we lower our heads in shame

    Laziness? Is it?
    Betrayal? Is it?
    Fear? Is it?

    "Such a low country doesn't deserve us," some Indonesians may say
    they are trying to make first world countries their new homes
    so they can have a taste of pride
    and the luxury of boasting

    "Awesome, she lives in USA"
    "Wow, she makes US dollars"

    Must be a good life eh?
    Can't complain much, I'd say. Life is good here.

    Yet time & time again, I saw that other Asians (Japanese, Koreans, HongKongers, Singaporeans) gone home for good. They like it there at their countries.
    Although they sometimes complain, I sense proud in their voices
    Life can be good there too. Besides, it looks like their countries can only get better each passing year.

    How did those Asians learn "pride" for their country? Why not me?
    What pride should I offer then, as Indonesians?

    As a society, we are taught to distrust our leaders, that they are very shamefully corrupted
    (perhaps this is the way the good ole' Dutch prefer us to be)
    That justice is a crude joke & criminals over there are having great time
    The Javanese culture doesn't do much in world stage than the Japanese culture
    Our movies *really* sucks (Sad to say, but if you say it takes years to bring quality why the Thais can do it?)

    Don't compare, you say? Maybe this relax behavior is harmful. Little competition can bring a lot of good things along. Like, not losing our smart engineers to Singapore (that cunningful little %^*(&^7).

    We may need to open our eyes and face the world out there
    teach our children to be curious and learn new things

    Of course, being with other Indonesians, continue speaking & writing in Indonesian bring comfort, joy and acceptance
    but we also inherit childish, clueless behaviors & running in circles

    If we dare to go out there, little by little, we could have been great. We could have gone from "Imitating" stage to "Inventing" stage like we should.

    Imagine an Indonesia that people like to visit
    Imagine people start wearing kebayas like they buy kimonos
    Imagine people start learning Indonesian like they learn Mandarin
    Imagine youtube would start offering Indonesia sinetrons with million of hits
    Imagine an Indonesian film being redone as Hollywood movie
    Imagine having an Indonesian food everywhere, like Chinese food

    Wouldn't that be great?

    Truly, Really, I dream of an Indonesia that I can speak about, with pride & joy


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