Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

53 - The Making of 'Japanese Culture' in Indonesia

7/6/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Silveroak II, Ground Floor

General public in Indonesia, regardless of generation, hold a positive view of Japan. Indeed, this is because of Japan’s achievements in industry and economy. Interestingly, most of them are ‘misled’ by the media and academia, thus attribute Japan’s ‘greatness’ to her culture. ‘Cultural determinism’ has been and is still the predominant discourse in Indonesia, regarding the general public’s view on Japan.


Our panel tries to address this question by looking into what happened and what is happening in Indonesian society, that made people ‘obsessed’ with ‘Japanese culture.’


Ong tries to look into the period of 1930s, when Western educated native elites, in their effort to ‘create’ a future ‘Indonesian culture,’ encountered the ideas of Japanese culture via the media (magazine) published for wartime propaganda (strictly speaking, propaganda for the preparation of war). Nurdiniyah and Rahman discuss the local invention of ‘Japanese culture’ in contemporary Indonesia by examining the invention of ‘Japanese food’ and ‘Japanese matsuri’ by Indonesian millennials, who, without adequate knowledge about Japan, try hard to ‘invent’ Japanese culture out of imagination. Valentine discusses the collaboration of Japanese and Indonesian business in fashion fusion. Together, we try to explain what happened and what is happening in Indonesia, that the elites as well as the general public has been and still so eager of consuming ‘Japanese culture.’


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Susy Ong

University of Indonesia, Indonesia

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Susy Ong

University of Indonesia, Indonesia

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Susy Ong

University of Indonesia, Indonesia

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Hayun Nurdiniyah

Universitas Darma Persada, Indonesia

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Rahayu Rahman

Independent Scholar, Indonesia

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Rizki Hakiki Valentine

Universitas Darma Persada, Indonesia

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