Welcome to America, sort of.
In Jakarta our class visited the “@America” cultural center in one of the many malls there. @America is a place for Indonesians to learn and interact a bit with American culture. At the time we went, there was popcorn going and a showing of Red Planet playing in the little theater. In the main foyer, there were couches, walls decorated with graffiti and signs to study in America.There were also TV screens all along the walls with slides telling of “American food,” like chicken fingers, french-fries, and gumbo, along with slides of various celebrities like President Obama or Eminem. There was even a 3-d printer that had printed out a bust of Abe Lincoln and a giant Google Earth screen that one could play with!
A little girl chasing pigeons at the Batu Caves.
I found that I personally really enjoyed how, in Indonesia, everyone was bound by the Indonesian constitution to be accepting of different religions and ethnicities. Indonesia, with its over 300 mindboggling ethnic groups, is fascinatingly multicultural. It was much more relaxing than KL where ethnic tensions were on the rise. In Jakarta, it was not uncommon for us to hear the Azan (Muslim call to prayer) and church bells ringing at the same time in the background as Professor Heng lectured.
What makes it American you ask? Why the hot dogs, of course!