With so many great news about China these past years, many Chinese-Indonesians may be tempted to reclaim their identities as Chinese again. I know several friends who have identified themselves as Chinese born in Indonesia rather than as an Indonesian.
Who can blame them? Indonesia as a family is still struggling with its own identity. Topics like UU Pornography bill should have been cleared out a looong time ago. This is a question that shouldn't dominate our politics. It's a sign that we as a country hasn't matured yet.
The Indonesian culture has been threatened for years and years. Cultural identity wars are everywhere and we're definitely losing it. We assimilate into bigger, better, stronger cultures -- Western, European, Japan, Korean, Chinese.
Yea, I was readily embrace Japan Kawaii culture along with hundreds of my peers. The Japanese invaded our life through Hello Kitty & Doraemon. Now I looked back and wondered how that ever happened? They were nothing but stupid cats with big eyes and overblown proportions.
Learning Japanese language was so cool and so in. Notice my nick? a0z0ra? It means blue-sky in Japanese. I was a middle-schooler when I adopted that nickname.
How about Indonesian language? Indonesian names? Indonesian babies everywhere have started to adopt foreign names since a long time ago. Gabrielle, Ivan, Monique, Fanny, Diana, etc etc. You know what... now they have started naming babies with Japanese names. Even the pribumis. Cmon, how do you deal with a Malay-looking babies with names like Hiroko and Ayumi? Where are the Joko's & Susi's? Now I've grown appreciation with people who named their babies distinctively Indonesian. Maybe someday I'll have my own babies named as 'Putri' (means daughter) or 'Teguh' (means strong).
What makes you proud to be an Indonesian? Can you still remember them?
Well, since I've been in US for a long time, these are the closest (& the most realistic) things I can remember:
I am proud to be Indonesian everytime I watch Anthony Bourdain's No Reservation Indonesian show.
I am proud to be Indonesian when I saw our sportsmen/women won gold in Olympic.
I am proud to be Indonesian everytime I google MRVL (Marvell) company because Sehat & Pantas Sutardja were born in Jakarta.
I am proud to be Indonesian everytime my Indonesian friends got their PHds in acclaimed US universities.
I am proud to be Indonesian everytime my Indonesian friends got accepted in Ivy League institutions.
I am proud to be Indonesian everytime I see an Indonesian group in big numbers hanging out and having fun.
I am proud to be Indonesian everytime I visit restaurants with Indonesian food as the main course.
I am proud to be Indonesian everytime I see the Indonesian isle in Ranch 99 (local Chinese grocery store).
What are yours?
a0z0ra @ 12:14 PM  |