Often, the word most associated with Indonesia is ‘Indomie’. For those who has never heard of Indomie, it is God’s gift in the form of instant noodles. It’s so good! Honestly, if you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out in life. In this year’s Indonesian Night on 15 Feb, the Indonesian students in CityU wish to show the world that they have more to offer than just Indomie.
This year’s theme was Batavia. Batavia is the capital of Dutch East Indies, but now more familiarly known as Jakarta. As you step inside MFH A, a hall of fame greets you. On the walls are faces that most of you find unfamiliar, but for Indonesians, they are important figures that changed their country in many aspects. Our Indonesian hosts wanted the guests to experience an integral part of their culture, thus they had visitors sitting on the floor to mimic how it’s like back home. They opened the event with a tradition called ‘potong tumpeng’. Tumpeng is a cone-shaped rice surrounded by Indonesian dishes and the tradition is to cut the top most part of the cone to indicate the opening of a ceremony.
While people were busy admiring the decorations around the hall– traditional batik draperies on the sides and a map of Indonesia in front– they were greeted with yet another surprise. International students from South Africa, India, Philippines, Taiwan and Turkey greeted us with traditional Indonesian costumes from all around the region.
The event was a full-house. There were abundant food and drinks, personally taste-tested by the organizers to make sure the guests get to taste the best of Indonesian food. The desserts were quite weird in shape. One of them was green and glutinous with coconut shavings in the middle. It is definitely not something you eat on a regular basis in Hong Kong!
While others are eating dinner (some savoring it and lining up for more!), the Indonesian students put up a live music performance. Hums and melodies of Indonesian songs fill the room and other Indonesian students sing along to their favorite songs. The guests are also entertained with a few familiar English songs.
The event ended smoothly on a happy note. I went around and interviewed some people:
What created the initial idea of organizing Indonesian Night?
“We wanted to bring you back in time. Jakarta is now known as a modern city of high skyscrapers and bustling traffic, however, we also wanted to show you another Jakarta, one that’s still close to heart. We wanted to show our history and culture to other students!”
– Megan Trivitha PRATANA, Jockey Club Humanity Hall, Year 2, Finance, Indonesia
How did you, as an organiser, feel about the whole event tonight?
“Organising Indonesian Night this year was one of the best experiences in my life! We had to plan everything from point zero and make good use of the limited resources we have. It was definitely challenging, but because of this experience I get to be more creative and courageous.”
– Maria Glenda OCTAVIENNA, Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 2, Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Indonesia
What was your overall impression of Indonesian Night?
“I did not have any prenotion about Indonesia. However, this event opened my eyes to a new culture. Personally, I really liked the drama. The fashion show was impressive as well. It was very successful, so many participants!”
- Chengyi CAO, Hall 10, Year 2, Marketing, Mainland China
What was the best part of the whole event?
“The food. It was interesting to find out that Indonesia also has interesting looking desserts, like India. The food was particularly delicious”
– Ishwara HEGDE, Hall 10, Year 2, Economics, India
Writer: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographers: Ellen DING (Alumni Civility Hall), REN Ling (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall)
提到印度尼西亞，人們馬上會想到 ── 營多撈麵，這種速食麵簡直是神的賜予。如果你還沒吃過，你實在是錯失了人間難得的美味。今年的印尼之夜，來自印尼的學生希望給世界展示，印尼的魅力可不只限於營多撈麵。
今年的主題是「巴達維亞」 。巴達維亞是荷屬東印度群島（ 印尼的舊稱）的首都，也就是今天的雅加達啦。一走進滿珍綜合禮堂，就能看到一大群名人在迎接你。你可能對墻上的那些面孔並不熟悉，但他們卻是在各個領域改變了印尼的重要人物。我們的印尼生請參加者們席地而坐，就像回到家裡一樣。活動以印尼的傳統習俗potong tumpeng開場。 Tumpeng是一種錐形的黃薑飯，周圍擺放著印尼菜，印尼的傳統是，切去錐形的頂端，表示慶典正式開始。
當人們正在盡情欣賞周圍的精美裝飾 ── 蠟染針織布和前方的印尼地圖時，他們不知道，另外一個驚喜等著他們呢。來自南非、印度、菲律賓、台灣和土耳其的國際學生穿著印尼各地區的傳統服飾迎接我們。
── Megan Trivitha PRATANA（賽馬會敬賢堂，金融系二年級，來自印尼）
── Maria Glenda OCTAVIENNA（賽馬會群萃堂，工業工程與工程管理，來自印尼）
── Ishwara HEGDE （舍堂十，經濟學系二年級，來自印度）
文: Natasya Viona CHANDRA (賽馬會群萃堂)
攝: 丁琳笠 (校友樂禮堂)、任伶 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)