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Indonesia: Spotlight Country of the Month

By Henna Puthalavan
On April 27, 2018

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The International Students Office at Kirkwood Community celebrated its last spotlight country of this academic year, Indonesia, in the Country of the Month series. 

Every month the office introduces one foreign country and its culture to Kirkwood students. The people who present the information are also from that country, which allows students to get to know different parts of the world from native people. 

Four Indonesian students at Kirkwood introduced their country in April and its culture to those who attended the program. 

Rico Sinaga, Paksi Jati Mulyono, Mira Aryuni and Yanuarius Dumutu came to Kirkwood from different parts of Indonesia as a part of a scholarship program called Community College Initiative Program. 

All four were wearing their cultural dress called batik. They started their presentation by asking questions to the audience to test their level of understanding about their country. 

Indonesia is the largest island country in the world with more than 13,000 islands and 271 million people. It is the fourth largest populated country after India, China and the U.S. 

The group talked about the variety of the food items they have. Rice is the main course in their food habits. Satay, noodles and papeda are the some of their other foods. 

They also discussed the environment. Indonesia has a lot of volcanoes in their most of the islands so their main natural calamity is volcano eruption and the issues related to that. 

To conclude, they showed pictures of the main attractions like Borobudur, Prambanan and Gili Air.  

After completing the presentation Paksi Mulyono said, “I feel happy that I could show my culture and country to Americans and could tell the stories and share about differences in order to learn from each other and having better understanding about what is Indonesia.”  

Mulyono added, “The audiences were so enthusiastic to interact with our presentation when we asked questions. The happiest thing is we could fulfill their enthusiasm by our simple presentation.” 

The group agreed that what they miss most is their native food and the culture. All four will return to Indonesia during the summer after successfully finishing the scholarship program.

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