Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia Australia (PPIA) has participated in the Language and Cultural Exchange (LCE) South East Asian (ASEAN) Night event on 1 May 2015. The event was organized by the International Student Centre of The University of Adelaide. This is a regular event that invites all students to engage and to exchange ideas through language and culture. Futher details about the Language and Cultural Exchange program can be found here.
About 170 domestic and international students enjoyed the festivities. ASEAN member countries were represented by Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. Each ‘country representative’ promoted their culture, foods, traditional games and traditional costumes at dedicated booths. Indonesian students attending the event displayed a great variety of Batik collections.
In this occasion, the PPIA represented Indonesia for the ASEAN night event and decorated the Indonesia’s booth with “kain batik”, traditional java costume (blankon and jarik), traditional handicrafts and posters of several tourism places in Indonesia. The booth also provided Batagor (Sundanese Indonesian fried fist dumplings and tofu) and Bajigur (Indonesian hot and sweet beverage made of coconut milk and palm sugar with ginger and salt) as a representation of Indonesian traditional snacks and drinks. All the participants were delighted to taste the food provided. One of the Indonesian students, Dian Kurniasari, performed Bali Dance which captured the attention of the crowd that night.
We are very proud to share our cultural diversity and our national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity). It is our responsibility as Indonesian Students to also play the role as ambassadors for Indonesia in Australia or wherever we are to represent the kindness, uniqueness and friendliness of Indonesia to others. We hope that events like this would be able to foster further understanding and nurture good knowledge about Indonesia and ASEAN.
Photos courtesy of Reyza Ramadhan