Indonesian Night fosters cultural understanding

Published 21 October 2009

laskarStudents and staff of Indonesian at the University of New England are once again offering a taste of Indonesian culture to the UNE and Armidale communities.

They are preparing a range of authentic Indonesian food – including satays, fried rice, fried noodles, and spring rolls – to be served as part of UNE’s Indonesian Cultural Night for 2009.

The event, on Thursday 22 October, will also include the screening of the recent multi-award-winning Indonesian film Laskar Pelangi (“The Rainbow Troops”) with English subtitles. The film show is free of charge.

Laskar Pelangi is the inspiring story of how children from a poor school triumph over their well-endowed competitors through motivation, determination, and creativity.

The event will take place in and around Lecture Theatre A2 in UNE’s Arts Building, where the Indonesian meal will be available from 4.30 pm for a cost of $10. All proceeds from the meal (together with any additional donations that people might like to make on the night) will go to assist the victims of the recent disastrous earthquake in West Sumatra.

The screening of Laskar Pelangi will be at 6 pm.

Dr Zifirdaus Adnan, Convener of Indonesian at UNE, said the annual Indonesian Cultural Night provided a valuable experience for students of Asian culture – and for members of the general community. He said that mutual cultural understanding was increasingly important with the strengthening relationship between Indonesia and Australia.