MR. HARTOYO’S BOOKS
Posted by JASMANSYAH pada Juli 24, 2008
This book is primarily written for Indonesian students who are interested in knowing more about their geographically southern neighbour, Australia. It is to provide an introductory insight on how Australians live, what they eat, how they use their environment, how they form their government and their education system as well as how they live together in a multicultural society.
It is probably only more or less 200 years ago that Indonesia and Australia have set out on different course which factors have influenced their social and economic developments profoundly. Those different parameters have influenced their human relationship and their relationship with their living and working environment. This in turn has affected how they allocate their time, how they socialise and even their consumption patterns.
Due to the advancement of the electronic media, easier communication and travel, it has become straightforward to do a virtual or even real island hopping from Australia to Indonesia or other regions in the Pacific. In the 21st century it is apparent that due to this technological advancement cultures are not anymore growing unconnectedly, but that cultures are increasingly intermingling to form a multicultural Pacific-Asian culture with only merely regional variations. It is not only technological advancement which has helped to diminish the cultural gap but even also by the education system of both Australia and Indonesia. Their national education policies have instigated that the Indonesian language is being taught in many primary school, secondary and universities in Australia while the English language is being taught in many educational institutions in Indonesia.
It has been noticed that due to technological advancement Australia has entered the Indonesian home with life pictures of the Australian landscapes and Australian endemic animals on television, while fast food chains have introduced western flavours to Indonesian taste buds. The same counts for Australia where “nasi goreng” doesn’t require to be translated as “fried rice”. Just as the Indonesian landscapes of Bali or the Borobudur stupa in Java, which don’t need any further introduction to the Australian public.
In compiling this book difficult choices had to be made in what to include and what to exclude as it is our aim to produce a concise book which covers essential material which could assist lecturers in preparing course material for an Australian Social Study subject or project. At the same time an attempt was made to create an enjoyable book for anyone who is interested in Australia or to expand a library with a handy up to date reference book. Your comments on this publication would be very much appreciated and will be taken in consideration in the next updated issue.
Semarang, January 2008
J. J Richard Weintré