My Indonesia Trip
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A wonderful first week with my Indonesian friends, from the very first opening ceremony, till we went back from Jogja and enjoyed a movie named The Maze Runner: The Death Cure in a local IMAX theater with Indonesian friends.


One thing that surprised me the most was when I had my first Indonesian breakfast in my host family’s house. Based on what I learnt in China, Indonesian people do not usually eat breakfast, and that was the same thing I expected initially from Richi’s family. However, my first breakfast in Indonesia was literally gorgeous. I had a bowl of rice on the table, along with milk, bread, chicken skewer, and many other deliciousness. I ate my meal alone actually, as Indonesians do not usually eat breakfast. Frankly, I could not finish them all, and really wished that I could bring them back to Huamei for breakfast when the new semester comes.


The Hakka Guild Hall we visited last Sunday was really impressive to me as well. Before I had visited the site, it seemed to me that all traditional places would give me the same feelings, old, historical, and barely embracing the modern era. However, the Hakka Guild Hall really provided me a different perspective of studying traditions. The president of the Hall did a perfect introduction of it, by using vivid examples of the Hakka’s ancestors. I felt the hardship and endurance of Hakka people were gradually uncovered in front of me. Hundreds of years ago, when Chinese immigrants first arrived Indonesia, some might not know they would eventually become a significant part of the Indonesian population, having generations of generations grew up in Surabaya, making great contribution to the nation. Visitors now could only see the accomplishment they have achieved, but might have typically overlooked all the hardships they had overcome over the course of centuries, and only few could realize the fear and helplessness when Hakkas first stepped on this island, and not to mention the homesickness they suffered in every lonely Chinese New Year.


Today, Chinese culture has remarkably merged into the Indonesian culture, I barely found out even the Indonesian language contained some Chinese phrases. People celebrated Chinese New Year as a national holiday, the Chinese food brought to Indonesia centuries ago were blended with the local ingredients and made into Indonesian deliciousness. Out of curiosity, I wondered for the Hakka descendants, and so as the many other Chinese immigrants. After hundreds of years, and yet all the foundations they had built, how much value they would put themselves on their two identities now, more of an Indonesian national, or more of a Chinese immigrant’s descendant?


From a personal perspective, the identities of them would not matter as much as many would say. Being proud of an Indonesian national, and appreciating the fact of a Chinese descendant. Because identities are just tags that the world adds on people, long as descendants value themselves as a great contribution to both sides, and a sense of belonging to both cultures. Surely, they will be welcomed in both China and Indonesia, and hatred like xenophobia and racism that occurred before would fade in times.


Still trying to figure out why I felt so touching of the Hakka Guild Hall, probably was inspired by the experience of the Hakka ancestors, or did I attach my future of going to overseas university as an type of outsider on the land as well?


Genuinely appreciate my experience in Indonesia, and stay tuned for next week!



Feb 5th, 2018

Qianfan (Peter) Wu

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