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A Little Bit of America in All of Us

Posted on: May 14, 2008

This article was published by The Jakarta Post on May 12, 2008. Read the article on The Jakarta Post, here.

Yes we hate America. We hate their stupid culture and we condemn their arrogance. George W. Bush is the worst American president and it’s so exciting that even most Americans think that way too. We curse at them when we see news on TV about Afghanistan and Iraq.

We feel offended when they call our Muslim brothers and sisters terrorists. Thus, some of us even praise Osama bin Laden for his notorious success in making America look like a fool.

We support every demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy and burning their flag is fine because it’s a representation of our solidarity to those who are oppressed and poor.

And we wish someday we could have a president like Sukarno again who bravely said to America, “Go to hell with your aid!”

But shamefully, the reality is we actually love America so badly. We have to admit this fact.

Of course we do, that’s why there’s a McDonald’s on every corner in Jakarta. Of course we do, that’s why Starbucks is the coolest place to hang out for young Indonesians in Jakarta. And of course we do, that’s why more and more young Indonesians in small cities dress themselves like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Who doesn’t love American movies? At least I do. I love Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. I love Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. In my opinion, Hollywood movies are the greatest heritage of American pop culture.

Let’s face it, we can’t avoid America. Especially the young ones. Everywhere we go and everytime we breath we see America with all its products and values.

Some of us can’t live without a computer and internet connection. We worship Bill Gates for inventing softwares that enable us to live so much easier.

Some of us can’t live without an iPod, the small gadget created by Steve Jobs has become part of our daily lives. And we use it to listen to our favorite American singers like Mariah Carey and Usher.

It’s inevitably to avoid America, you may say you hate it but deep down inside you know you love it too. At least you know you love their inventions on technology.

Believe it or not, even Indonesians who love to perform demonstrations on the streets and sometimes protest against American policies actually watch CNN to grasp some of America’s freedom of speech.

Don’t feel guilty if you’re one of them, I suggest you to smile and laugh. Forget all those radical comments. This is 21st century and it’s not the World War II. Don’t be afraid of all the threats that the radicals make because even radicals love to eat KFC’s chickens.

It’s fine to have a little bit of America in you. It’s fine to have a little bit of France or Japan in you. You shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself as long as the Indonesian factor in your blood dominates your way of thinking.

Having a little bit of something else from other countries gives you a better perspective in looking at this world. It also gives you the ability to make great changes to your community.

I encourage every young Indonesian who currently lives in a foreign land to learn new things as many as possible. If you live in an advanced country then you have a better chance to teach our people on how other culture can progress.

Let those Americans laugh thinking that we want to be like them, but let’s keep it inside that someday we will laugh together with them.

The picture above was taken from here.

3 Responses to "A Little Bit of America in All of Us"

Duh, tadi abis buka blog GBM trus ke mari, kirain gue masih di blog GBM taunya emang artikel ini dipost ke blog JBRB, hmm.

kayanya Amerika sendiri juga perlu revolusi budaya, somehow karena udah maju kali ya jadi ada degradasi budaya di kalangan anak mudanya. Gue pernah baca keprihatinan warga senior Amerika terhadap perilaku anak mudanya yang mengalami penurunan mental dan budaya, mereka menilai generasi muda Amerika udah keenakan menikmati kerja keras para founding fathers yang berjasa membuat Amerika jadi negara super power makanya jadi manja dan enggan bekerja keras. mereka menganggap pop culture sebagai wujud dan media yang menunjukkan bobroknya perilaku generasi mudanya.

the problem seems resemble to ours­čÖé

There is nothing wrong to watch CNN, carrying your iPod and iPhone and loving American movies, because CNN supplies you with news you don’t get from Indonesian channels, iPod gives your brain relaxation, iPhone gets you connected, American movies fills the fantasy part of your brain. What is not right is when you start to believe 100% of what you see in CNN, do whatever possible, even bad things, to afford iPod and iPhone, and idolize American superstars to the end. In short, you have to be able to think for yourself. CNN is not always right, Fox News is always stupidly leaning to the right, iPod and iPhone are cool, but if you can’t afford them then you can still live without them. Don’t think that all Americans are smart and pretty; most of them are not. Do not aspire to be Americans, believe in your own heritage.

Indonesians have to believe that they are not that bad, and so stop putting themselves down and want to be something else that they are not. Accept who you are, people…

I am an Indonesian Muslim, and I am proud to be one. Staying in the US for so long, I show these people how good we are as Indonesians: generous, smart, highly-cultured, hard-working, and sophisticated. The message I am sending to the Americans is that somewhere out there, there is a country called Indonesia, where people are hospitable, smart, beautiful, sophisticated, and 90% muslim.

Believe in yourself, do unto others as you would have them do unto you; do not steal..

Mungkin karena kita bangsa yg terbiasa dengan perbedaan, jadi yg namanya budaya lain bisa dengan mudah masuk (dan disukai) oleh orang Indonesia.
Maaf kalau sedikit melenceng, tapi fakta yg lebih ironis menurut saya adalah bagaimana masyarakat Arab tergila-gila dengan Amerika. Fastfoods, brands, etc. kabarnya mereka sangat menomorsatukan sesuatu yg berasal dari Amerika.

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