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Congress of Indonesian Diaspora The Power of Harmony in Diversity. Unleashed Worldwide Los Angeles, California July 6~8 2012 oleh Febby Andryananto “Congress of Indonesian Diaspora merupakan peristiwa bersejarah karena merupakan pertemuan akbar pertama kalinya bagi diaspora Indonesia dari seluruh dunia”

internasionalisme Indonesia. Selama puluhan tahun sejak Indonesia merdeka, bangsa Indonesia belum mempunyai perspektif yang komprehensif untuk menyikapi keberadaan jutaan

Bagaimana pandangan Bapak mengenai diaspora Indonesia? Saya menyakini bahwa diaspora Indonesia mempunyai brain power yang luar biasa. Selama di AS, saya selalu bertemu dengan innovator, entrepreneur, pelopor, dan educator dari diaspora Indonesia. Karena itu, “diaspora Indonesia” lebih dari sekedar perantau, namun komunitas yang padat ilmu, ide, modal dan jaringan. Saya memperkirakan jumlah diaspora Indonesia paling sedikit 2 kali jumlah penduduk Singapura (6-8 juta) dengan pendapatan per kapita 5 kali lipat per kapita Indonesia.

Dr. Dino Patti Djalal memulai tugas sebagai Duta Besar Indonesia untuk Amerika Serikat sejak Bulan September 2010. Di bawah kepemimpinan Duta Besar Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, KBRI Washington DC telah meluncurkan sejumlah kegiatan yang mendapat apresiasi masyarakat antara lain “Guinness World Record for the largest angklung ensemble” dan “American Batik Design Competition”. Pada tanggal 6-8 Juli 2012, KBRI Washington DC bekerjasama dengan KJRI se Amerika Serikat menyelenggarakan Congress of Indonesian Diaspora yang merupakan peristiwa bersejarah karena merupakan pertemuan akbar pertama di dunia yang dilakukan secara khusus untuk diaspora Indonesia. Berikut pandangan Duta Besar Dr. Dino Patti Djalal mengenai Congress of Indonesian Diaspora. Mengapa Congress of Indonesian Diaspora perlu diadakan? Congress of Indonesian Diaspora mencerminkan paradigma baru dalam

maupun kapasitas, namun mereka masih cenderung terpencar, tidak saling kenal, tidak mempunyai organisasi payung, dan bahkan sebagian hampir putus kontak dengan tanah air. Banyak pula warga kita di luar negeri yang bersemangat ingin membantu Indonesia namun tidak tahu bagaimana caranya. Situasi inilah yang perlu kita benahi dalam Congress of Indonesian Diaspora.

H.E. Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Duta Besar Indonesia untuk Amerika

warga Indonesia yang bertebaran di seluruh dunia. Peran perantau Indonesia belum “dihitung” dalam kalkulasi masa depan Indonesia; bahkan kadang nasionalisme mereka dipertanyakan. Sementara itu, masyarakat Indonesia di luar negeri sendiri semakin berkembang pesat, baik dari segi jumlah

Diaspora Indonesia juga mempunyai idealisme yang tinggi. Saya selalu menjumpai diaspora Indonesia yang ingin kembali berkarya di tanah air, dan berbuat sesuatu yang positif bagi Indonesia. Sehat Sutarja, industrialis IT di Silicon Valley asal Indonesia, misalnya pernah menyatakan “I have now reached a point in my life when I have begun to think more about my past and my heritage” dan sekarang merencanakan membuat cabang


July 2012 - Diaspora Indonesia perusahaan multinasional Marvel di Indonesia yang akan merekrut inovator-inovator Indonesia. Bagaimana kriteria diaspora Indonesia yang berpartisipasi dalam Congress of Indonesian Diaspora? Kriteria diaspora Indonesia dalam Kongres ini mencakup setiap orang Indonesia yang berada di luar negeri, baik yang berdarah maupun yang berjiwa dan berbudaya Indonesia, apapun status hukum, bidang pekerjaan, latar-belakang etnis dan kesukuannya. Lebih dari itu, orang asing yang mencintai budaya Indonesia atau mempunyai hubungan keluarga dengan warga Indonesia juga dianggap sebagai bagian dari diaspora Indonesia. Pendek kata, selama di hatinya ada Indonesia apapun warna kulit, warna paspor dan jenis visanya - maka ia adalah bagian dari diaspora Indonesia. Selain itu, perlu saya jelaskan bahwa peserta Congress of Indonesian Diaspora bukan saja berasal dari Amerika Serikat namun berbagai negara lain diantaranya Belanda, Suriname, Kanada, Qatar, Afrika Selatan, Australia, Singapura, Malaysia dan New Kaledonia. Hal ini menunjukan bahwa Congress of Indonesian Diaspora merupakan peristiwa bersejarah karena merupakan pertemuan akbar pertama kalinya bagi diaspora Indonesia dari seluruh dunia. Siapa saja yang akan berpartisipasi dalam Conggres of Indonesian Diaspora? Congress of Indonesian Diaspora diharapkan akan dapat menarik partisipasi ribuan diaspora Indonesia (baik sebagai perorangan maupun organisasi) dari seluruh dunia. Untuk menjamin diskusi yang berbobot, akan hadir sejumlah pembicara dan inspirator antara lain: Menteri Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif RI Mari Elka Pangestu, Menteri Pendidikan Nasional Mohammad Nuh, Managing Director Bank Dunia Sri Mulyani Indrawati,

Ketua Komite Ekonomi Indonesia Chaerul Tanjung, Presiden Marvell Technology Group Sehat Sutardja, CEO dan Managing Director Indorama Group Om Prakash Lohia, Fisikawan Yohanes Surya dll. Namun saya menyakini bahwa bintang utama dari Kongres ini sebetulnya adalah diaspora Indonesia itu sendiri. Dalam Kongres, diaspora Indonesia akan berperan penting dalam menampung, menyalurkan dan mewujudkan berbagai ide, kepentingan dan aspirasi dari sesama masyarakat Indonesia di perantauan. Apa saja kegiatan dalam Conggress of Indonesian Diaspora? Dalam Konggres terdapat berbagai sesi diskusi yang berkaitan dengan kepentingan Diaspora Indonesia. Topik sesi diskusi tersebut antara lain: Education and Innovation, Promoting Indonesian Restaurant in Your Host City, Connecting with Local Politics and Government, Indonesian Migrant Workers Forum, Marketing Indonesia Signature, dan Immigration and Citizenship Issues. Semua peserta Konggres diharapkan dapat berpartisipasi aktif dalam diskusi tersebut. Saya yakin diskusi yang diadakan sangat bermanfaat dalam memperkaya pemikiran Diaspora Indonesia. Kongres ini juga akan menyediakan tempat untuk pameran batik, bazaar kuliner Indonesia, bursa tenaga kerja (Job Fair) dan sejumlah booth untuk mempromosikan karya Diaspora Indonesia (“Promote Your Thing”), yang dapat dimanfaatkan oleh para diaspora Indonesia untuk mempromosikan karya masing-masing. Selain itu, Untuk memberikan hiburan bagi peserta Kongres, akan diadakan pagelaran budaya diaspora Indonesia dengan dukungan sejumlah entertainer dan selebriti antara lain: Ruth Sahanaya, Daniel Sahuleka, Be3 (ABThree), Dewi Sandra dll.

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Apa yang diharapkan dapat dihasilkan dari Congress of Indonesian Diaspora? Sebagai produk utama, saya berharap Kongres ini kelak akan menghasilkan suatu Deklarasi Diaspora, yang memuat visi Indonesia di abad ke-21, dan peran serta aspirasi diaspora Indonesia. Kongres juga diharapkan dapat memulai sejumlah program kegiatan yang konkrit – misalnya pembentukan “Indonesian Brain Bank”, program “computer per school”, “One on One” dan “A Quater a Day” - baik untuk kepentingan pemberdayaan diaspora Indonesia di negeri rantau, maupun untuk membantu saudara-saudara kita di Tanah Air. n

Special Thanks to : Dino Pati Djalal - Indonesian Ambassador to United States Hadi Martono - Consul General of Indonesia - Los Angeles Heru H Subolo - Washington DC Febby Adryananto - Secretary of Economic Affairs, Washington DC Fiki Oktanio - Consul for Information and Socio Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles Dessy Andriani/Los Angeles Anton Sihotang/Los Angeles Buddy Hannanto/Los Angeles Budijono Untung/Los Angeles Denny Sodakh/Loma Linda Dwirana Satyavat/Los Angeles Endah Redjeki/Los Angeles Lolo Kartikasari/Los Angeles Indri Padmasana/Los Angeles Jane Wibowo/Los Angeles Jason Yau Lie/Los Angeles Keith Menembu/Seattle Patricia Taroreh/Los Angeles Rosy Law/Los Angeles Stefani Tjuadi/Seattle Taruna Ikrar/Irvine Tutty Lediana/Oregon Yansen Setiawan/Los Angeles cover : Hotel Indonesia Runabout by courtesy of globeimages.net




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The Spirit of Diaspora

as the way to rebuild Indonesia

by Rosalina Norita Indonesian Diaspora made itself known around the world in all the continents. Most of its people have adopted new homeland, languages and cultures. They have also acquired citizenships of the countries in resi-

dence. None the less most Indonesians did not forget their place of origin and their beginning roots. That is the reason that most Indonesians still want to keep dual citizenships so that they can always come back to their homeland and be recognized as their nations native people. Indonesian Diaspora advocates their country’s government to retain dual citizenship policy so that all the people who originated from Indonesia would retain their identity and keep the country’s culture alive where ever they live at, any nation on any continent. Dual citizenship will permit to keep all the Diaspora connected to Indonesia as the mother country which is unique in culture, language and art. In fact keeping Indonesian citizenship by Diaspora will enrich Indonesian culture with new traits from abroad and make the country more diverse and successful because returning Indonesians will bring new knowledge

and fresh ideas into an ever growing economy and improving educational system for those who want to better the country in the 21st century. So Diaspora sees dual citizenship as an enhancement process for their native homeland to bring new people from the adopted countries to share in the rebuilding of Indonesia. There are many expatriates who love to come to visit Indonesia and some stay for many years in our country to help economically by establishing businesses. The expatriates lobby in their homelands governments to pass new laws and policies favorable to trade and business with Indonesia. Many great authors, artists, painters come to Indonesia to bring charity events there and set up exhibitions in art and cultural. Many foreigners fall in love with Indonesia because they see a land of unexplored opportunity for Indonesian energy industry.

Many foreign well-known artists such as Walter Speis (Germany), Rudolf Bonnet (Dutch), Adrien Jean Le Mayeur (Belgium), Antonio Blanco (Spanish) and Miguel Covarrubias (Mexican) just to name a few who have made many

cultural, intellectual and economic contributions to better lives of many Indonesians. Their work has alleviated hardships for those who do not have financial means to get good healthcare, proper education and career development. Many of the foreigners love the openness in Indonesian people, the hospitality and tolerance

for those who came to be their friends. Not all the expatriates are seeking Indonesian citizenships because they did not come for personal or financial gain but because they love to do well for Indonesia and the unique people who make up nation. As an American President John F. Kennedy stated “It is not what your country can do for you but what You can do for your country”. Many good folk have done well for Indonesia. Most of Diaspora do not want to lose their native language their culture and love for their nation. They bring new skills back to Indonesia and with them they bring in new recruits “expatriates” who swear by their new beloved country of Indonesia to help its people in pursuit of better living and universal recognition. n Images taken from the book of Lexicon of Foreign Artists who Visualized Indonesia (1600-1950) by Haks and Maris

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A World Community (almost) Forgotten

by Santi Pudjo It is estimated that about 5.8 million Indonesians have migrated and settled abroad. Their occupations vary, and include artists, researchers, innovators, workers, entrepreneurs, students and professionals, among others.

Socialization on Diaspora Indonesia in Houston (Photograped by Santi Pudjo)

Thus far however, there has not been a common bond that embraces and unites them. Indonesian citizens abroad are often underestimated, less likely to be taken into account and at times even have had their nationalism questioned. Yet, there are many who want to do something for the country but do not know how. For decades, and dating back to independence, Indonesia has lacked a comprehensive perspective in addressing the millions of citizens who are spread around the world and who continue to see a rapid increase in their numbers. Not only is the number of this diaspora unrecognized but also its potential as well as capabilities remain untapped. These Indonesians, unfortunately, remain scattered and unconnected socially. There is no umbrella organization that reaches out to this community and many have even lost contact to and with Indonesia.

Realizing the potential of its people scattered across different parts of the world was the first step in a long list that eventually pushed the Government of Indonesia to initiate a forum to unite them. The forum, called Indonesian Diaspora Congress (or Congress of Indonesian Diaspora, abbreviated as CID), will be held from July 6 to 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, in the United States. “This Congress can be a strategic move to manage the potential, increasing the roles and contributions of citizens in foreign countries,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marty Natalagewa, whilst announcing the formation of CID back in mid-May 2012.

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank Group (Photo by courtesy of MSNBC)

with Indonesian blood and those with Indonesian spirit – whatever the legal status, occupation, ethnic and tribal background, whether indigenous or non-indigenous. “ Dino also wrote, “More than that, foreigners who love Indonesia or have family ties with the citizens of Indone-

Diaspora Indonesia The term “diaspora”, in the Indonesian General Dictionary, is defined as a “dispersion of a nation scattered in various parts of the world”. However, in the Sehat Sutardja, President of Marvell Technology Group (Photo by courtesy of Fasilkom UI)

sia, are also considered as part of the Diaspora Indonesia. In short, whoever has Indonesia in his heart – regardless of skin color, the color of one’s passport or visa types – then they are part of the Diaspora Indonesia. “ Mr. Dino Patti Djalal, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States (Photo by KJRI Houston)

“Open Letter of Invitation” distributed worldwide through the link: http:// www.diasporaindonesia.org/undangan. php, the originator of CID, as well as Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States, Mr. Dino Patti Djalal said, “We take the definition of diaspora widely, which includes every Indonesian abroad, both those

The “diaspora” paradigm was directed to look at all Indonesians abroad as assets, with potential, power, even as role models. Indonesia appreciates the diaspora as an important element of the productive and dynamic nation, key to Indonesia’s success in the 21st century. Socialization to the World Since the idea of CID was initiated, the Government continues to explore Continue to page 51




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Indonesia Diaspora

Should Follow The Lead of Refreshing Teh Botol by Sonita Lontoh Teh Botol is my favorite beverage. This wonderful, bottled Jasmine tea is sold for 50 cents on the streets of Jakarta. When consumed in my beloved but crowded, hot and polluted home city, Teh Botol refreshes the body and the spirit like nothing else in the world.

Sonita Lontoh (Photo by courtesy of Forbes.com)

I have been drinking Teh Botol since I was a child. When I came to study in the United States in my early teens, however, I could not find it at even the most “authentic” Asian grocery stores. Years later, while browsing through the aisles of a major supermarket chain, I was stopped in my tracks when I discovered my beloved Teh Botol had finally arrived. It was like seeing my oldest friend appear before me. One drink, however, convinced me that it was no mirage and made me feel complete. The appearance of this longed-for treasure mirrors my own life and that of many among the Indonesian diaspora. Indeed, Teh Botol and I have journeyed far to where we are today.

Our trips are a testament to the world we live in — a global village where borders disappear and one country’s daughter can purchase her national beverage a half-world away. Because of this connection, it is of utmost importance that the Indonesian diaspora has a truly global perspective while being able to embrace its diversity. As an Indonesian citizen who has been living in the United States for more than two decades now, I am honored to have been invited to speak at the upcoming Congress of Indonesian Diaspora 2012, held in Los Angeles from July 6-8. The congress aims to inspire the diverse Indonesian communities abroad to unite and create a formidable force to help improve our beloved homeland.

Historically, the media has not focused much on Indonesian diaspora communities. When it does, it usually focuses on unfortunate incidents of domestic abuse or illegal immigration, painting a not-so-impressive picture of the conditions of Indonesians residing abroad. It is time for the Indonesian diaspora to tell its story — the challenges and triumphs — and the potential they offer for Indonesia. History has shown that other diaspora communities have had major economic, social and political impacts. In his book “Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futures — and Yours,” Harvard Business School professor Tarun Khanna focuses on how overseas Chinese and Indians have contributed

The CID will be a firstof-its-kind gathering, conducted specifically for the Indonesian diaspora. The event, and the paradigm shift in thinking to proactively harness San Francisco Business Times Cleantech Awards ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. I attended with our Chief the power of the Indonesian diaspora, Operating Officer, Salim Khan, to represent Trilliant. are long overdue. It is estimated that to the rise of their respective there are 6 million Indonesians abroad. homelands as economic powers. Their professions, education levels and socioeconomic backgrounds are quite China’s “bamboo networks” have diverse. They range from students, been attributed to helping it attract professionals and entrepreneurs to significant foreign direct investment. artists, domestic workers and others. With the help of its diaspora, China has Although they may come from diverse won the race to become the world’s backgrounds, one common thread pre-eminent manufacturing power. unites them — their common identity, The Chinese government is attracting rooted in the motherland. Continue to page 52




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Akan Hadir dan Hibur Peserta Kongres Diaspora Indonesia di Los Angeles oleh Nur Evi Rahmawati Ingin menikmati suara emas Ruth Sahanaya? Atau tampilan enerjik Be3 dan Dewi Sandra? atau ingin bernostalgia dengan lagu-lagu Daniel Sahuleka? Semuanya akan dapat dinikmati di Kongres Diaspora Indonesia yang akan berlangsung di Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), 6-8 Juli mendatang. Kongres Diaspora Indonesia atau yang juga dikenal dengan Congress of Indonesian Diaspora (CID) yang akan diadakan di Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), Los Angeles 6-8 Juli 2012 memang akan menjadi perhelatan akbar Diaspora Indonesia, tidak hanya dari Amerika tapi juga dari berbagai negara lainnya. Tak hanya padat dengan susbtansi dari pembicara inspiratif seperti Dr. Mari E. Pangestu, Dr. Ir. Muhammad Nuh, DEA., Sehat Sutardja, Chaerul Tandjung dan pembicara terkemuka lainnya, CID juga akan sajikan hiburan yang menggambar-

kan keragaman kreativitas seni anak bangsa dan diaspora Indonesia. Rangkaian kegiatan CID 2012 akan dibuka secara resmi tanggal 6 Juli 2012 jam 18.30 di Hall B-LACC-Los Angeles. Pembukaan yang akan berlangsung sore hari tersebut direncanakan

Ruth Sahanaya (Photo: meportal.net)

akan diisi dengan penayangan video Presiden RI dan juga doa dari berbagai tokoh lintas agama. Ruth Sahanaya akan mengisi tampilan hiburan di acara pembukaan bersama artis lokal dari kalangan diaspora Indonesia,

Dewi Sandra (Photo: Desy Khoirunnisa Rahman)

termasuk diantaranya Laya Pesolima, putri almarhum Broery Pesolima yang kini bermukim di Amerika. Pada hari Sabtu tanggal 7 Juli 2012, setelah berbagai forum diskusi siang harinya, pada malam harinya akan berlangsung Konser yang bertajuk “Unity in Diversity Concert”, termasuk Be3 dan Dewi Sandra, dua artis yang berkibar di Indonesia. Daniel Sahuleka-penyanyi berdarah Indonesia yang terkenal dengan lagi ‘Don’t Sleep Away’ juga akan menjadi artis pendukung di konser, yang tentunya akan memberikan penampilan terbaiknya bagi diaspora Indonesia.

Daniel Sahuleka (Photo: Stage Shutter)

Tampilan deretan artis diharapkan akan semakin menggelorakan semangat diaspora Indonesia, yang kaya akan kreativitas seni dan penuh percaya diri!

Be3 (baca: bi tri). Dari kiri: Cynthia, Widi dan Nola. (Photo by courtesy of b3.blogdetik.com)

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Registration

11.30 – 12.00

Opening Ceremonies:

West Hall Lobby

Batik Fair

West Hall Lobby

Indonesian Food Bazaar and Creative Innovation Fair (Promote Your Thing)

Petree Plaza (Outdoor)

10.00 – 21.00

Media Center - Press Room

Petree Plaza (G)

10.00 – 15.00

Job Fair

Room 510

10.00 – 17.00

Forum Pelajar, Mahasiswa dan PERMIAS

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Core Group Gathering

Room 503

Declaration Team Meeting

Room 504

International Diaspora Gathering

Room 518

I - 4 Gathering

Room 505

13.00 – 14.30

Friday Prayer - Praying Room

Room 514

15:00 – 17:00

Organizing Committee Coordination and Briefing (Speakers, Moderator)

Room 501 (A)

18.00 – 19.00

VIP Welcoming Reception

Petree Hall (C) - max 200

19.00 – 21.00

Opening Ceremony of the Congress of Indonesian Diaspora - Remarks by the Indonesian Ambassador to the US - Remarks by the Mayor of Los Angeles - Music by Ruth Sahanaya and Laya Pesolima plus Cultural Performances

West Hall B

SATURDAY, 7 JULY 2012 08.00 – 11.30

Registration

West Hall Lobby

10.00 – 15.00

Job Fair

Room 510

09.00 – 10.00

PLENARY (Expanding Connections, Multiplying Opportunities, Sharing Prosperity) - Video Message from The President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

West Hall B

Speakers: Ambassador, Dr. Dino P. Djalal; Minister for Tourism and Creative Industries, Dr. Mari E. Pangestu (TBC); Minister for National Education, Prof. Mohammad Nuh, DEA; Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, Dr. Chatib Basri (TBC); Mr. Prito Budi Santoso; Mr. Sri Prakash Lohia; Mr. Sehat Sutardja; Mr. Chairul Tanjung 10.00 – 10.30

Coffee Break

10.30 – 12.30

Breakout Sessions / Open Forums / Committee Meetings

Petree Plaza (VVIP: Room 508A)

Entrepreneurship and Making Career Choices

Petree Hall (A)

Doing Business in the US/ Outside Indonesia

Petree Hall (B)

Citizenship and Immigration Issues

Petree Hall (D)

Becoming Exemplary Resident: Engaging and Partnering with your Host Community

Petree Hall (E)

Prospect of Clean Energy in Indonesia

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Committee Meeting on Managing Diaspora : The Way Forward

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Committee Meeting on “A Quarter A Day”

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Committee Meeting on Computers for Schools; Indonesian Brain Bank

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Coffee Break

16.30 – 18.30

Breakout Sessions / Open Forums / Committee Meetings

19.00 – 21.00

Petree Plaza (VVIP: Room 508A)

Creative and Knowledge Economy : Ideas from Diaspora

Petree Hall (A)

Business, Trade and Investment with Indonesia

Petree Hall (B)

Pluralism, Democracy and Good Governance in Indonesia

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Diaspora Women as Backbone for family and Community

Petree Hall (E)

Connecting with Local Politics and Governments

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Indonesia’s ICT and Digital Future

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Committee Meeting on Managing Diaspora: The Way Forward

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Committee Meetings on “A Quarter A Day”

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Committee Meetings on Computers for Schools; Indonesian Brain Bank

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Harmony in Diversity Concert Music by Daniel Sahuleka and Dewi Sandra Dance Performance by Tarian Minahasa

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Additional Meeting

Room 506

Additional Meeting

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Additional Meeting

Room 517

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Job Fair

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Forum Pelajar, Mahasiswa and PERMIAS

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Core Group Gathering

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Declaration Team Meeting

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International Diaspora Gathering

Room 518

PLENARY AND CLOSING CEREMONY

West Hall B

Reports from representatives of each sessions Reading of Diaspora Declaration Closing Remarks by Indonesian Ambassador to the US 12.00 – 15.00

Closing Concert - Music by Be3

Room / Event

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Registration / Information

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Media Center / Press Room

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Promotion/ Fair/Bazaar

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Job Fair

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Praying Room

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Diaspora Indonesia Artis Profile

by Indri Padmasana

So many events going on in Los Angeles and so many people have come through our town. I am excited to specifically cover the following artist who will come into town for Congress Indonesian Diaspora event in Los Angeles on July 6th – July 8th, 2012. Some of these artists are no strangers to the ears; they are Ruth Sahanaya, Daniel Sahuleka, BE3 (formerly known as AB Three) and Dewi Sandra. BE3 - The group BE3 or formerly known as AB Three was formed in 1993. The original three are Riafinola Ifani Sari (known as Nola), Widi Mulia Sunarya (known as Widi) and Lusy Rachmawati (known as Lusy). The three joined the vocal group when they are very young. At the time, Widi was 16 years old, Nola was 17 years old and Lucy was 18 years old. Being together as a group for about 8 years, Lusy then left the group and since then they have added Prilliany Cynthia Lamusu (known as Cynthia). And about 8 years later, this group changed its name to BE3, which means becoming 3. Since then, they dropped their management company and become an independent artist. They have released a couple of songs since then, and the latest one on the market is Andaikan Bisa released in 2011. Ruth Sahanaya - Ruth Sahanaya, born in Bandung, Jawa Barat on September 1st, 1966 is someone who is well known to the public. She has been a singer for about two decades now. She is considered one of the Indonesian diva along with Krisdayanti and Titi Dwijayati. One thing about her that is so endearing is that through her success she maintains to stay grounded and very humble with her achievement. She is married to actor Jeffrey Waworuntu, who now is her manager as well. They are blessed with two Children name Nadine Emanuella Waworuntu and Amabel Odelia Waworuntu. She has released many albums throughout her career; her latest release is Thankful in 2010. Daniel Sahuleka - Daniel Sahuleka, born in Semarang Indonesia on December 6, 1950 is a Dutch Musician and singer of South Moluccan and Sundanese-Chinese descent. In 1977, Daniel started composing his first record, with his debut single. He is most famous for the song “You make my world so colorful” and “Don’t sleep away the Night”. Since then, he has created a portfolio of 110 compositions and many are very well known to the Indonesians. In the early eighties, after momentous success and touring with the ‘Daniel Sahuleka Band’ in Europe, performing almost daily and following his solo suc-

cess in Asia, Daniel withdrew from the music scene. Without the pressure from the record companies, Daniel released his CD “The Loner” in 1990 followed by the live-album “I Adore You” in 1993. I Adore You became a huge hit in Asia, and since then, Daniel has gotten a lot more hit and have published more music. In 2003, a lot of fans asked Daniel for a record of an acoustic album with only his voice and a guitar, and this resulted in the recording of colorfool. After that era, he has released a DVD in Indonesia, Singapore and Benelux. He will also publish book about his experience around the world and it will be published in Asia and Europe. Daniel is married to a Dutch woman, Alice Sahuleka-Nijman, who is also his business manager. They are blessed with two sons, Joel and Jaim Sahuleka. Dewi Sandra Dewi Sandra Killick was born in Brazil on April 3, 1980. She is of mixed heritage; her father, John George Killick, was a British national and her mother, Prihartini, was Betawi. As a child, she was overweight; this led her to receive the nickname “Miss Piggy”. However, she lost weight and began modeling in her teens, later recording the compilation album Menari-Nari (Dance) with her fellow models. She then released her first solo album, “Kurasakan” in 1998, and with many others since then. Her latest album was released in 2009 called “Wanita”. Dewi Sandra’s career is not just around music, she has been seen as a TV actress and in 2008 she was seen as a presenter on Indonesian Idol. She is now married to Agus Rahman in 2011 and has no children at this time. n


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Tania Gunadi

Mojang Priangan in Hollywood Tania Gunadi is currently busy with a regular television series for “Transformers: Prime” (11 nominations and 4 Emmy Awards Winner). Transformers Prime will air all over the world by 2013, including in Indonesia. She just completed season 2 (50 episodes) and is working on season 3 this year.

Tania Gunadi as Miko in Transformer: Prime

Tania just filmed 8 episodes of TV series as one of the leads on “All Rise” with Cedric the Entertainer. Her current projects also include a new pilot for MTV animation playing an Indonesian teenager and another pilot called “Penn Zero” for Disney Channel animation. For fans who love the internet, they can check out Tania in “MyMusic”,

a new web series produced and directed by the Fine Brothers and YouTube premium channel which airs weekly including Live Shows and the Mosh. Starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Jeff Goldblum, you can watch Tania in a new animated movie ‘Zambezia’. According to the International Movie Database, (http://www.imdb. com/title/tt1488181/companycredits), Global TV Indonesia is one of the many distributors of this film. Tania started her career on the Disney Channel in TV series/movies: “Even Stevens”, “Pixels Perfect”, “Go Figure”, “Aaron Stone” (where she filmed 35 episodes as one of the leading roles) and “Imagination Movers” which just airs on Disney Junior recently.

she enjoyed very much. Tania also visited an orphanage in Bandung to donate gifts to the kids as part of her Fairy Tale Charity. n For publicity/press/manager or for more info, please contact : leadingedgeentertainment@gmail.com

Tania’s other resumes include “It’s always sunny in Philadelphia” (FX), “The Inside” (Fox), “Wiener Park” (WB), “Magic of Ordinary Days” (Hallmark Hall of Fame) “Bob Funk”, “Possession” etc. Along with her TV/Film/Voice-Over career, she also enjoys being on numerous commercials and print works such as ATT ,Target, Honda “Ninja”, Comcast, Nokia and many others. In June 2012, Tania went back to Indonesia to meet with several movie producers/directors and managers to explore a movie career in her hometown. She also did an interview with Trans TV on “Semangat Pagi” and “Show Imah” which

If you’d like to get her detailed resume and watch her videos, visit: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1040208/ http://www.reelaccess.com/talent/taniagunadi/


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My Little Onion

a story telling

by Dian McManus Beberapa tahun yang lalu sebagai jawaban atas keprihatinan akan hilangnya minat anak Indonesia di Amerika terhadap dongeng dari negeri orang tua mereka, founder dari Martini and Milk, Lolo Kartikasari Sosronegoro mulai menterjemahkan dongeng rakyat “Timun Emas” ke dalam bahasa Inggris. Cerita ini semula hanya dibacakan kepada putrinya Caitlin yang waktu itu masih di pre-school. Setelah melalui beberapa tahap terjemahan, Timun Emas lantas diceritakan kepada teman-teman Caitlin di saat playdate. Yang mengejutkan ternyata anak-anak Amerika ini sangat menikmati dibacakan cerita rakyat yang sederhana terseDian McManus reading at “Wonderful Indonesia” The Grove

but. Malah saat Lolo mengatakan “the end” di akhir cerita, anak-anak tersebut berteriak dengan senangnya, “Again!”

ini menjadi perfect dalam bahasa Inggris dan enak dibaca. Begitu banyak kita lihat cerita rakyat kita diterjemahkan dalam bahasa Inggris, namun sayang terjemahan tersebut tidak menarik. “ Dian lantas mengusulkan agar Irma Hardjakusumah dilibatkan untuk mengerjakan ilustrasi dongeng Timun Emas tersebut. Ketiganya lantas bertemu di perpustakaan Silver Lake, Los Angeles, untuk membicarakan proyek pertama mereka. Dalam pertemuan itu lantas timbul ide untuk mengadakan storytelling events. Inspirasi storytelling muncul dari obrolan tentang masa kecil di Indonesia, didongengkan di rumah, kedekatan antara orang tua dan anak. Jembatan komunikasi dimana ada satu ikatan keakraban melalui cerita.

Terdorong semangat dan antusiasme Caitlin dan teman-teman kecilnya di sekolah, Lolo lantas menghubungi editor Martini and Milk, Dian McManus, untuk membantu mengedit cerita tersebut. “Saya menginginkan cerita

Lolo, Dian dan Irma memutuskan untuk mendirikan sebuah wadah tersendiri, berfokus dalam misi memperkenalkan dan menceritakan dongeng rakyat Indonesia di Amerika. Wadah ini dinamakan “My Little Onion”

Irma, Dian dan Lolo

atau dalam bahasa Indonesianya: Anak Bawang. “Irma mengusulkan nama My Little Onion ini, karena memang pada kenyataannya, it was just the three of us doing events, running around. Dan kami bertiga punya anak, kewajiban dan kesibukan yang harus kami penuhi. Tapi karena keinginan kami agar anak-anak Indonesia ini mengerti


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It was just the three of us,

we had our kids with us and we had kids non stop coming wanting to play and listen to stories. We love them, this is what we do and live for . . .

dan mendengar cerita yang orang tua mereka tau sejak kecil, kami tetap jalan terus. Ya pendeknya kami memang seperti anak bawang, walaupun awalnya tidak ada yang menganggap kami serius kami terus saja melangkah!” Storytelling Events Ketiganya langsung bergerak menterjemahkan, mengedit dan menggambar ilustrasi atas tiga ceritera: Timun Emas, Malin Kundang dan The Legend of Lake Toba. Kegiatan storytelling pertama diadakan di KJRI dengan dukungan dari Konsul Budaya Bapak Fiki Oktanio dan staff Pensosbud, sebuah acara storytelling melibatkan group tari Cassey Sims, Bengkel Amal dan photobooth dari Verten Media. Acara ini diberi judul “Tales from the East, A storytelling Event”, mendongengkan cerita Timun Emas dan Malin Kundang. Kesuksesan acara ini dilanjutkan dengan event ke dua bekerjasama dengan sebuah toko buku di downtown Los Angeles bernama The Last Bookstore. Kali ini My Little Onion kembali mengajak Cassey Sims dan group tarinya, fashion show baju anak-anak melibatkan sebuah line dari Indonesia bernama Tawa, fashion show untuk pakaian wanita koleksi dari Reves

Doux (milik Shally Lendeng Halim) dan makanan Indonesia dari Simpang Asia. Acara ini diberi judul “Show and Tell”. Undangan untuk event berikutnya datang dari panitia “Discover Wonderful Indonesia” yang diadakan di Grove oleh KJRI. Kali ini Lolo dipercayakan untuk mengelola booth anak-anak. “Acara ini agak berbeda dari event kami sebelumnya. Dana kami sangat terbatas untuk dekorasi, jadi kami memutuskan untuk kembali ke konsep ‘kesederhanaan yang hangat’, maksudnya gelaran tikar yang kami pinjam dari orang tuanya Dian!” Beberapa bantal cantik dibawa dari rumah Dian, gerobak merah kecil milik Keira (putri dari Dian), payung-payung kertas berwarna-warni dan gelaran tikar, jadilah booth anak-anak yang mengutamakan art and craft dan storytelling. Booth begitu ramai, sampai akhirnya Lolo yang seharusnya membantu di stage untuk acara melepas walkie talkie dan memfokuskan membantu Dian dan Irma di booth. “It was just the

three of us, we had our kids with us and we had kids non stop coming wanting to play and listen to stories. We love them, this is what we do and live for: anakanak, dongeng dan budaya Indonesia! Selesai event ini kami semua kehilangan suara dan sakit karena kelelahan, karena dua hari berturut-turut kita berpanas-panas sepanjang hari menghibur anak-anak. Tapi bahagianya itu juga addictive.” Diaspora Indonesia dan Film Animasi Timun Emas Di Diaspora Indonesia tanggal 6-8 Juli yang akan datang, Lolo dan teamnya dipercayakan untuk memegang Kids Corner room. Untuk acara istimewa ini, team tersebut menggodok program spesial bagi anak-anak yang hadir dalam diaspora. “Kebetulan team saat ini sedang dalam tahap menyelesaikan animasi film Timun Emas. Sungguh tepat saatnya dengan Diaspora, jadi kami bisa menyetelkan animasi ini untuk anak-anak nanti!” Selain dari animasi, Timun Emas juga akan disajikan dalam gabungan antara cerita dan tarian hasil kolaborasi dengan penari dan koreografer handal Sri Susilowati. Dalam Kids Corner Diaspora ini selain dari storytelling sendiri Lolo, Dian dan Irma mempersiapkan sebuah fashion show anak-anak, pertunjukan tarian anak dan kegiatan art & craft. Lolo juga menyiapkan dongeng baru untuk dibacakan dalam event ini, apakah dongengnya? Datanglah ke Kids Corner Diaspora dan nikmati sendiri dongeng tersebut!

Balinese Dance at Story Telling

Sementara itu untuk keterangan atau mendownload cerita Timun Emas anda bisa langsung mengunjungi website www.mylittleonion.com 


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Linda Levianthi Tumboimbela Indonesian candidate for Mrs. Asia Usa 2012 About Me I was born and raised in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia. I moved to Los Angeles, California in 2001. My passion is to work and become a part in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. My back ground as a singer, model, and actress in Indonesia. I graduated and get my Bachelor degree in Fashion Designer in Indonesia. I try to push myself to be creative, find a good concept and think outside the box. All the great experience will bring me to the next level of my career. I’m trying to build a new network and believe that God already set up the best thing in our life, just need to find the right people to work with. I have a small business called Linda Production, right now we’re collaborate with Hollywood Art Society and Kit Media Co to make IndoTvUSA as a media television in America, especially in Los Angeles, California. IndoTvUSA will bring more Indonesian and Asian culture to show it in America. My other accomplish is to get my music degree next year, I’m currently student in Chaffey College. I’m trying to work as a vocal coaching and teach music lesson to kids since I’m a Mom with two kids, this job will be fun and full of enjoyment. Journey as a candidate for Mrs. Asia USA 2012 will bring a new network and great experience. Is not about the competition but is all about the knowledge and meet the great people from 54 countries in Asian. n


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Alvina Tham

Indonesian Candidate for Miss Asia USA 2012 My name is Alvina Tham and I am representing Indonesia in Miss Asia USA 2012 pageant. I am 21 years old and currently attending California State University of Fullerton majoring in Kinesiology. Through my undergraduate studies, I have discovered my passion for educating future generation about the importance of physical activity and proper health, thus my career goal is to become a pediatric physical therapist. My professional goals stem from my personal hobbies; tennis, swimming, and bowling. I have experienced the overwhelming benefits of leading an active lifestyle; therefore I would like to pass on this knowledge to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth and work to reduce the obesity rate. Physical activity is only one half of the whole picture, proper nutrition is necessary as well. In concurrence with my academic career, I also work at my parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Indonesian restaurant helping with the preparation and cooking as well as advising menu development. In the coming months, as Miss Indonesia, I aim to promote international curiosity and fascination for Indonesia. Although Indonesia is considered a developing country, it does not receive the same media attention as other developing nations. As such, my aspirations during my journey to the pageant are to stimulate interest and support for Indonesiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continual growth. n

photography by Yansen Setiawan

Contact : Alvina Tham Cell: (626)478-7657 Work: (626) 357-1500 e-mail: alvina.tham@yahoo.com


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Jason Yau Lie

July 2012 - Diaspora Indonesia by Dessy Andriani

Pengacara Sukses Indonesia di Amerika Sejak kapan Jason pindah ke Amerika? Sejak tahun 1984 Apakah Jason sekolah Hukum di Amerika atau dari Indonesia? Sekolah hukum di Los Angeles, California Dan bagaimana proses untuk bisa bekerja sebagai pengacara di Amerika? Proses dan informasi untuk jawab pertanyaan ini cukup rumit. Untuk artikel ini, saya persingkat saja. Untuk dapat license sebagai pengacara itu berbeda antara state di Amerika. Masing-masing state ada State Bar yg mengeluarkan syarat untuk jadi pengacara. Secara umum, seseorang itu harus selesai sekolah hukum yang diakui oleh State Bar. Setelah itu, dia harus lulus ujian State Bar yang cukup sulit. Setelah itu, dia baru bisa dapat ijin

untuk praktek hukum.

baru datang ? Sistem hukum Indonesia asalnya dari hukum Roman, Belanda, adat dan Islam. Di Amerika asalnya dari hukum Inggris. Dari segi ini saja, kita tahu hukum dua negara ini agak berbeda. Karena saya belum pernah belajar dan praktek hukum Indonesia, komentar saya sangat terbatas. Contohnya, untuk pendirian PT di Indonesia,

Sejak jadi pengacara, kasus apa saja yang paling banyak Jason tangani? Tiga kategori kasus yang sering saya tangani adalah yang berhubungan dengan bisnis, kecelakaan dan imigrasi. Dari segi bisnis, saya tangani kasus pembentukan perusahaan, menuntut atau membela pelanggaran kontrak, dan nasehat yang berhubungan bisnis. Untuk kecelakaan, saya mengurus luka-luka akibat tabrakan lalu lintas. Dalam hal imigrasi, saya tan- Pengacara Jason Yau Lie diruang kerjanya gani masalah visa, ijin kerja harus ada 2 pendiri atau lebih, modal dan green card. dasar minimal puluhan juta Rupiah, dan pemegang saham harus WNI. Di Apa saja perbedaan hukum diInAmerika tidak ada batas semacam ini donesia dan di Amerika yang harus diketahui oleh orang Indonesia yang untuk pendirian corporation. Dari segi imigrasi, Indonesia berbeda dengan Amerika dalam dwi kenegaraannya. Inilah sebagian kecil perbedaan hukum antara Indonesia dengan Amerika. Masalah hukum apa saja yang banyak dihadapi orang Indonesia di Amerika? Untuk masyarakat Indonesia di Amerika, imigrasi merupakan satu bagian hukum yang sering diperhatikan. Ini karena mayoritas kita disini masih tidak mempunyai status yg legal. Efeknya yaitu dia tidak bisa resmi bekerja, punya sim untuk mengendarai mobil, keluar masuk Amerika, dan lain-lain. Ditambah lagi, dia senantiasa kuatir akan ditangkap imigrasi yang akan pisahkan dia dari keluarganya dan deportasi. Pengaruh negatif yang besar inilah yg mengakibatkan dia selalu mencari jalan untuk dapatkan

Jason Yau Lie dan keluarga

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Linda S. Lim

by Dessy Andriani

Indonesian Woman with A Worldwide Bank She was born in a small town in Central Java, called Purwokerto, Indonesia, on August 14th, 1970. As the oldest child out of seven children, she learned about responsibility at a very young age, especially after her father’s passing. Growing up among four other sisters and two brothers made her appreciate being in a big family. One of her dreams was to achieve a higher education and she wanted to experience it in a different country. On September 1995, with her mother’s blessing, she chose to come to the United States to get her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She graduated from Woodbury University in Burbank, California, in 1997 and continued to stay in the U.S. to build her career ever since. The woman who likes to travel said that once she was a model and a fitness instructor in high school. She worked for Lippo Bank in 1990, while

she was finishing her bachelor degree. That first step in the banking industry opened the door into the financial world. Linda has two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. Their names are Drake Lim (12 yrs old) and Lily Lim (9 yrs old). As a career woman and a single mother, her life has been very busy. However, she also managed to be actively involved in various charity organizations. One of them is the National Charity League Jrs. of San Marino where she has been a board member for several years, in which has been supporting Huntington Hospital Emergency Trauma for Children and Newborns. Besides that, she also has been highly involved in her children’s schools PTAs. Her banking career continued with Wells Fargo for 8 years as a Business Banker and a Branch Manager. Currently she holds a position as Vice President with Citi Commercial Bank. Linda

For more information contact:

Linda Lim Vice President

email : linda.s.lim@citi.com P: (626) 297-4448 F: (626) 236-4489 Cell: (626) 203-8821

Linda S. Lim

loves her current position as she deals directly with all business owners who have successfully built their diverse businesses. She values partnership and long term business relationships. Her passion to help businesses grow is undeniable. Linda also managed to earn her real estate and security licenses, which provides additional value to her services as a banker. Linda’s background of growing up in an entrepreneurial family; her business school degrees; and her financial and banking experience are a great combination that is very rare to find. Citibank is truly a global bank, and her passion for international business is what inspired her to join Citi. As the top brand name, Citi has been in 160 countries all over the world, including Indonesia. With her involvement in DIASPORA, she hopes she would be able to be the media and help Indonesian Companies who have business in the United States or are ready to expand their markets. Continue to page 51


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Irwan Ngadisastra

by Keith Manembu

Meet the man behind Seattle’s most successful Indonesia restaurant, Indo Café Irwan Ngadisastra graduated with a major in business from Oregon University. He then continued with higher education at Seattle University. Shortly after, he landed a job at

really familiar with Indonesian dishes. These are why Indonesian restaurants mainly rely on the Indonesian community itself, which is a very small in America. Ngadisastra noticed that other Asian food restaurants such as Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese are successful as they are widely accepted by Americans, but that wasn’t the case for Indonesian restaurants. In Seattle, there are about eight Indonesian restaurants that went out of business since Indo Café opened in 2004.

Irwan Ngadisastra

Starbucks Corporation for one year, before working at a High tech company in Bellevue called Microstar Labs for nine years. In 2008, an opportunity came to gain ownership of Indo Café, an authentic Indonesian restaurant. Under Ngadisastra’s ownership, Indo Café has gained high popularity with non-Indonesian customers. According to Ngadisastra, the challenges of having an Indonesian restaurant in the U.S. are Indonesian cuisines are not the easiest to make. The chef has to be skillful or the food won’t taste good. Secondly cost of the spices is high, so the profit margin is small. And most importantly, Americans are not

Hoping to improve business for other Indonesian restaurant owners across the states, Ngadisastra spent two years with culinary graduates to create a system that can be implemented for Indonesian restaurants. In attempt to test out his method, he recently joined new partnership with Cloves, a restaurant located in Queen Anne. Clove offers a more modern, contemporary Indone-

sian food and restaurant experience, compare to its predecessor Indo Café. Ngadisastra hopes that Cloves can attract more non-Indonesian customers. When asked on what advice he would give for people that are trying to follow his footstep in owning a restaurant, Ngadisastra said: “First you need to have a passion. Restaurant business is one of the hardest businesses there is because of its high risk, which makes it hard to have a financing from the bank, so you really need to be passionate to last in this business. But most importantly I would say you must understand the business.” n

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Acara Paguyuban Jawa Plus

dan kolaburasi ISI Surakarta dan KJRI Los Angeles Acara di selengarakan di KJRI Los Angeles. Di buka oleh kata sambutan dari Ketua Paguyuban Jawa Plus Bpk. David Mulyatno di lanjutkan oleh sambutan dari penasehat Jawa plus Bpk. Tekat Santosa, sambutan dari Rektor ISI dan sambutan dari Bpk. Hadi Martono selaku Konsul Jenderal RI di Los Angeles.

Paguyuban Jawa plus di buka oleh MC. Mr Towafi dan Mrs. Narik dan Mr.Bowo dan Mrs. Mety. Tarian oleh Ibu Sri dan muridnya. Lagu hiburan oleh Dennis A, Thomas Bee Gess, Yanti W, Faizal H, Ida Ugas, Mety, Kitta Band, Minul, Lilik dan terahkir oleh Thomas Djorghi.

Pemotongan tumpeng oleh Ibu Konjen. Cara selajutnya pangelaran gamelan oleh ISI Surakarta, berupa tari yang diiringi oleh live gamelan. Selanjutnya acara hiburan dari

Acara ini bertujuan untuk penggalangan dana untuk anak-anak yatim di Indonesia di mana terkumpul dana $2200 dollars. Terima kasih banyak kepada donatur, GBU. n

HDCI SoCal Harley Davidson Club Indonesia of Southern California terbentuk tanggal 26 Juni 2009, dan disahkan oleh Harley David Club Indonesia (HDCI) pusat pada tanggal 27 Agustus 2009.

Pariwisata Indonesia Promo Pada tanggal 29 Juni yang baru lalu diadakan makan malam bersama untuk mempromosikan Indonesia dimata

International khususnya Amerika. Makan malam tersebut dijadikan salah satu moment yang bisa memberikan pengetahuan tentang alam Indonesia yang kaya dengan pemandangan alam yang luar biasa dengan menampilkan beragam budaya Indonesia tidak kalah dengan negara-negara yang terkenal

keindahaan alamnya seperti Amazon di Brazil atau Acapulco di Mexico. Dengan penjelasan dari Bpk Ricky dimana beliau mewakili Kementrian Pariwisata Indonesia, beliau banyak berbicara tentang keadaan alam Indonesia yang sangat beragam macamnya. Dari pantainya di Bali sampai Hutan Rimba di Borneo, Kalimantan.

Turis ditawarkan bebagai macam pilihan untuk explore hutan hujan di daerah Kalimantan (Borneo), disana banyak ditemukan pariwisata untuk orang yang senang dengan hiking, arung jeram atau hanya sekedar ingin mengetahui bagaimana kehidupan orang utan di Borneo. n

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BazzaaRia ICCCM 2012 Sembilan Tahun Immanuel Christian Community Church of Montclair by Meiske T. Ngamba Sabtu, 9 Juni 2012 yang baru lalu, di Pacific Christian Center Upland, CA diadakan BazzaaRia ICCCM 2012, yang merupakan bagian dari rangkaian acara “Sembilan Tahun ICCCM 2012”. Pelaksanaan kegiatan ini menjawab

kerinduan Jemaat Immanuel Christian Community Church of Montclair untuk menyatakan syukur dengan membagi berkat dan sukacita bagi banyak orang. Diikuti oleh beberapa gereja yang berpartisipasi membuka booth makanan,

acara ini diawali dengan doa pembukaan oleh Pdt. Henry Rumemper. Kehadiran group-group band lokal antara lain: Immanuel Band of Montclair (IBM), The Sianturi’s, Clarity, Focus Plus, Wiwied cs, Cakrawala, Starbatak, Arie Ayunir bersama anak-anak Regie, Reno dan Zikha membuat acara ini berlangsung meriah dan dalam suasana kekeluargaan. Tidak ketinggalan hiburan musik dari Gideon Ibrahim dan Robert Sarwono serta penyanyi

Rocky Lumanauw, Albert Mambou, Linda Tumboimbela, Jeffry Paulus & Ketty Londa serta Metty, Immanuel Praise and Dance (IPAD) yang terdiri dari anak-anak Sekolah Minggu ICCCM juga menampilkan fashion show dan persembahan lagu. Kemeriahan acara pada hari itu tidak lepas dari kepiawaian MC, Anita Tobing dan Olvi Lumenta dalam memandu acara. DJ Craft by Joel Rod yang sering membantu acara-acara komunitas Indonesia di Los Angeles mendapat perhatian tersendiri dari pengunjung, termasuk kehadiran booth Harley Davidson Club Indonesia USA. KJRI Los Angeles pada saat yang sama Bersambung ke hal 49


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World Harvest

by Budijono Untung, MBA

An International non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization Established in 1989 by two Indonesians, World Harvest is an international non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization. World Harvest serves all people in need throughout the world, regardless of their religion or ethnicity. Please visit www.worldharvest.cc for more information. In the area of relief, World Harvest is committed to respond to major world crisis and disasters to the full extent of their ability. In September of 2011, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman Dr. Daniel Hanafi received chilling news that 750,000 people were facing immediate death due to severe starvation in Somalia and across the Horn of Africa. Most of them were women and children. Regardless of the fact that Somalia has been without a functioning government for 21 years, or the fact that Al Qaeda posed very real terrorist threats, World Harvest knew that they would be going to the border of Somalia to bring food and medical relief, one way or another. Then in October 2011, the World Harvest team found themselves in Kenya near the border of Somalia with two truck oloads of food and a team of ten doctors. Over

Team member Tania Putri Gunawan begins filling up sack with food relief. This picture is taken in Wajir, Kenya on January 10, 2012

the span of just a few days nearly 2,000 people received food and medical relief. Hundreds of thousands more still needed our help. It wasn’t long before World Harvest began planning for a second trip, and this time they would bring more food and medical relief. On January 10th 2012,

World Harvest Team with Indonesian flag in Wajir, Kenya From left to right: Dr. Daniel Hanafi, Ndjoli Iyanga, and Raymond Teguh.

Dr. Daniel Hanafi and his team found themselves in Africa once again. Over the next few weeks the team gave out 15,000 kg of rice, 7,500 kg of beans and 1,900 liters of oil to almost 3,000 households (that’s easily more than 14,500 people total). The team was also able to give out vaccinations, prescriptions and other medical care to 400 people. Abdullah, (not his real name) was in grave predicament. He suffered from severe kidney damage, and the health clinic didn’t have the sufficient technology to perform the necessary operation. He was about to be sent home to die. The team intervened financially, and he was sent to a hospital in Nairobi to get kidney failure treatment. World Harvest didn’t stop there; Dr. Daniel Hanafi led many leadership conferences to equip people living in the neighboring areas of Somalia, such as: Northern Uganda, Kenya and South Continue to page 34


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Kegiatan Masyarakat Muslim Indonesia di Los Angeles dan sekitarnya Ada beberapa pengajian di daerah Los Angeles dan sekitarnya. Pengajian Al-Ikhlas di Los Angeles. Pengajian Nusantara Muslim Community di San Bernardino. Pengajian Al-Rahman di Orange County dan Pengajian Reseda.

Kegiatan pengajian diadakan setiap hari Sabtu. Kegiatan terbagi dalam kegiatan anak-anak/remaja dan kegiatan dewasa. Bersama KJRI-LA, pengajian juga mengadakan acara peringatan hari-hari besar Islam antara lain Idul Fitri dan Idul Adha. Bekerja sama dengan Ikatan Cendekiawan Muslim Indonesia di North America pengajian mengadakan

oleh Dwirana Satyavat

program Safari Ramadan dan Latihan Kajian Intensif Islam. Dalam kedua acara tersebut pakar-pakar Islam di Indonesia diundang untuk mengadakan ceramah di kota-kota besar di Amerika Serikat. Beberapa pakar Islam yang datang untuk kegiatan tersebut adalah Imam Ali Mustafa Yaqub, Ust Antonio Syafii, Ust Arifin Nababan, Ust Ahmad Najmudding Siddiq dan Ust Amir Faisol.

narasumber adalah Ibu Ustadzah Siti Urbayatun. Pengajian juga mengadakan kerja sama dengan masyarakat muslim lainnya seperti dari Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Cham, Burma, China, Ethopia dan Nigeria dalam mengadakan peringatan Maulid Nabi. n Masjid Al-Ikhlas 1333 E. Compton Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Selain itu pengajian bekerja sama dengan Indonesian Muslim Society in America mengadakan Workshop Muslimah dan Keluarga. Sebagai

Nusantara Muslim California 1018 S. Lincoln Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92408 Pengajian Al-Rahman 1 Al-Rahman Plaza, Garden Grove, CA 92844 Pengajian Reseda 18206 Victory Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91335


Meeghan Henry Meeghan Henry was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. She came to the U.S. when she was four years old. She has appeared on several national commercials, such as McDonalds, Blockbuster, Ross, HSBC, and Nike. Meeghan is already building a name for herself as the voice of Hollywood. She has

Meeghan Henry at LA Art Walk event

With Mayor city of Bell, Ali Saleh

2010. She was also nominated as Breakthrough Artist of the Year 2010 by New Music Weekly Awards along with three other nominations from the Independent Music Network Awards in 2010, where she won Favorite Artist 2010. She was recently nominated for Pop Artist of the Year 2011 by the LA

Studios on June 16, 2012. Meeghan is also working on a TV pilot called “Heir Jordan”, a story about an Indonesian student living in America trying to pursue her dream. She is very happy to bring the Indonesian culture to the entertainment world.

Meeghan Henry performed at Dahsyat, RCTI

Meeghan Henry at the 2012 Rose Parade with Garuda Wonderful Indonesia

released her first single “When I’m 18” along with her album, also called “When I’m 18,” with new-name producers like C Minor and Terence Davis and big time producers like Ronnie King. Her music video “When I’m 18” was nominated by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Best Music Video

One of Meeghan Henry performances

Meeghan Henry with Mayor Irvine Sukhee Kang, at annual walk to Educate

Music Awards. Her song “Crash A Party” was nominated for Best Dance Song by the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Meeghan is now 17 years old and is currently working with Andrew Lane, the Billboard Awardwinning producer, on her newest hit single “They Don’t Know”, which will be premiered at the EWorld Music Awards at Paramount

Meeghan is also the current Miss Teen Asia USA. Her personal platform is “Living Above the Influence”, which entails anti-drinking, anti-drugs, anti-bullying, and anti-peer pressure. She recently met the Los Angeles mayor to support Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month. She also met the mayor of Irvine to be part of the Development in Literature walk. She loves to work with charities and organizations, including Safety Harbor Kids, Children Uniting Nations, and Youth for Human Rights. One of her biggest goals is to be United Nations Ambassador. n


Life is like a piano: what you get out of it depends on how you play it Words cannot describe how fortunate I am to be able to play out my life the way I’ve always dreamed it to be. Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamt of performing and making my own music and being a role model. I used to sing in the bathroom and use my hairbrush as a microphone and sing to myself in the mirror. Now I’m using an actual microphone and I’m singing original songs in so many amazing places, like the House of Blues, the Whiskey A Go Go, and the Saban Theatre. I’ve pinched myself so many times to make sure this isn’t a dream. On top of that, I am the reigning Miss Teen Asia USA. It’s such an honor to have this coveted title, and I’m so proud to have won while representing my home country of Indonesia. It was great just to represent my country, but then to have won was one of the most surreal moments of my life. With all that I have and all the incredible support from friends, family, and fans out there, I have and will continue to dedicate myself to being true to myself. I want to be someone that the next generation can look up to and say “I want to be just like her.” My goal in life is to leave an impact on this world, and though I still have a long ways to go, I will never give up on it or myself. It has been a long and tough journey, but it will all be worth it. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future. I hope my story will inspire you to go out there and follow your dreams because life is too short to always wonder “what if”.

www.meeghanhenry.com

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IFGF GISI

July 2012 - Diaspora Indonesia

by Lucky Herawati, IFGF RO USA and Canada

Going to The Next Level IFGF is an Indonesian church that started in California in 1980. IFGF used to stand for Indonesian Full Gospel Fellowship. It did not start as a church; it was a fellowship among Indonesian students studying in USA. What’s unique is not only how it started, but how IFGF evolved to what it is today. IFGF is now a worldwide church movement of about 3,200 churches in 38 countries, and still growing strong. Founded by a 19 year old Indonesian student, Jimmy Oentoro, and together with his friends, they certainly did not envision such growth and such scale. They did not even want to build a church or be a pastor. Jimmy was studying Business management and Marketing at Cal State Fresno when he started gathering fellow Indonesian students to fellowship together in Fresno, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Until today, many if not the majority of IFGF pastors had been or are still businessmen and secular career people. In 1989 IFGF started to plant churches in Indonesia and was registered as a denomination. It’s finally a church! Now, IFGF is present in almost every major city and province in the whole country. That same year, IFGF’s mission vehicle, WorldHarvest, was launched as a separate organization to be a blessing for all churches, organizations and people. Its mission is “impacting the world through creative community, education and media services”. In the community area,

WorldHarvest focuses on disaster relief, rebuilding and community development. Its anchor program is “Sponsor a Child” where people can sponsor

dream that Indonesians should not be a “help receiving country” all the time, but it is time that Indonesians can be a blessing for other countries. Immediately, indigenous work in many countries started. IFGF has more than 600 churches in 11 countries in Africa, and many more in the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Europe, America, South

Founder of IFGF and ApostolicTeam

individual children that cannot go to school so that they can.In education, WorldHarvest built Christian kindergarten and schools, as well as church planting school and a full blown seminary called Harvest International Theological Seminary that offers fully accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Christian Leadership, Theology, Missions and Music. In the media area, WorldHarvest operates the largest radio ministry in the country “Focus on the Family”, as well as a 24 hour Christian Television Channel called U-Channel, with satellite footprint from the Middle East to New Zealand. In 2003, Indonesian Full Gospel Fellowship became International Full Gospel Fellowship, fulfilling their long held

America and Canada (basically all the continents except Antarctica). This is unique because IFGF is probably the largest Indonesian based church in Africa, Nepal, Myanmar and many other countries. Now in 2012, IFGF and WorldHarvest is poised, better than ever, to lead the new generation into a new century of sharing the Good News and helping people in need through very practical means. IFGF and WorldHarvest extend a warm invitation to everyone, regardless of race, color or creed to join hands in reaching out to a world in need. n Untuk informasi lebih lanjut dapat menghubungi: IFGF USA, California di email: ro_usa@ifgfgisi.org atau hubungi nomor telpon : (626) 358-2400


IFGF GISI Headquarters Jl. Gn. Rinjani no. 6, Taman Himalaya Lippo Village, Tangerang, Indonesia Ph : +62 (21) 5420 2388 Email : hq@ifgfgisi.org

IFGF GISI Regional Office - USA & Canada 301 E. Foothill Blvd. Suite 201, Arcadia California 91006, USA Ph : +1 (626) 358 2400 Email : ro_usa@ifgfgisi.org

IFGF GISI Regional Office - Europe

IFGF GISI Regional Office - Africa World Harvest Center P.O. Box 32323 Kampala, Uganda, East Africa Ph : +256 (7) 7268 9856 Email : nddjoli@yahoo.com

IFGF GISI Regional Office - Pakistan G-246 Liaqat Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Ph : +92 (51) 555 3485 Email : robinson.asghar@gmail.com

IFGF GISI Regional Office - Nepal PO Box No: 8975, EPC-2513, Kathmandu, Nepal Ph : +977 98 0203 4381 Email : philipfisherman@gmail.com

Regus Business Center Jan Pieterzoon Coenstraat 7 2595 WP The Haque, Netherlands Ph : +31 (70) 799 9220 Email : ro_europe@ifgfgisi.org

www.IFGFGISI.org

International Full Gospel Fellowship (IFGF GISI), known as Gereja Injil Seutuh Internasional in Indonesia started back in 1980 in California, and was established in 1989 in Indonesia. Today, with services in 38 countries, we welcome you to join us growing together to the next level in our personal life, family, work and ministry.


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Internet Radio The technology development is rapidly growing, a new generation of radio was born, known as Internet Radio. Almost certainly any home or person has associated with internet access, either through a cellphone with a data plan or a computer with internet access. Listening to the radio is a necessity as a means to hear the music, listen to the news or other information. So to listen to the radio, we are given a choice of internet radio, local radio (FM orAM), or satellite radio. Due to the development of Internet radio has grown in a short period of time, internet radio is preferred by the community. The question arises how much the internet radio has been effective prior to the local radio weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been listening to for a long time.

by Buddy Hannanto

The first live internet broadcast was in Seattle with a live band, space rock group Sky Cries Mary on November 10th, 1994, by Paul Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s digital media start-up Starwave, also based in Seattle. Internet radio (also web radio, net radio, streaming radio, e-radio web-

casting) is an audio service transmitted via the Internet. Music streaming on the Internet is usually referred to as webcasting since it is not transmitted broadly through wireless means. n

Here is the comparison between Internet Radio VS Local Radio (FM/AM) Internet Radio

Local Radio (FM/AM)

1.

overage: around the world

Limited coverage

2.

Time Spent Listening (TSL) of 3-8 hours a day listening (*)

Time Spent Listening (TSL) of 3 hours a day listening (*)

3.

Premium quality sound

Good quality sound

4.

Control over content

No control over content

5.

More listener (Most people own cellphone and computer with internet access

Less listener (nowadays, fewer house own radio)

6.

Less commercial massages

More commercial massages (*=Arbitron, Media Audits Media IQ Study)


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Warga Kawanua di Amerika by Denny Sondakh Keberadaan masyarakat Indonesia asal Minahasa yang menetap di Negara Amerika Serikat cukup banyak. Warga ini disebut juga warga Kawanua di Amerika Serikat. Dari sekelompok warga Kawanua ini telah memprakarsai suatu organisasi dalam suatu

ikatan persaudaraan yang dijiwai dengan semangat Mapalus (semacam gotong-royong), Maesa-esaan (membangun semangat persatuan dan kesatuan), Matombol-tombolan (saling menunjang) dan Masawang-sawangan (saling membantu). Organisasi ini merupakan wadah yang akan menampung, memadukan dan mengkoordinasikan serta menciptakan program bersama untuk kepentingan seluruh warga Kawanua di Amerika Serikat dan di tanah air. Maka pada tanggal 14 Februari 1999 bertempat di Fontana, California telah didirikan organisasi Kawanua USA yang kemudian pada tanggal 21 Feb-

ruari 2011, di Loma Linda, California, telah diadakan Musyawarah Anggota Kerukunan Kawanua USA ke-1 yang salah satu keputusan dan ketetapan dalam musyawarah itu adalah mengganti nama Kawanua USA menjadi

ESA KAWANUA USA. Saat ini Esa Kawanua USA berkedudukan di Loma Linda, California dan terdaftar dengan nomor: C3382437. Susunan Badan Pengurus Esa Kawanua USA terdiri dari ; Badan Penasehat, 5 orang Presidium, Sekretaris Jenderal, dan beberapa Wakil

kegiatan komunitas 31 Sekjen, Bendahara, serta beberapa wakil Bendahara, dan departemen-departemen. Disamping itu terdapat juga Koordinator wilayah. Esa Kawanua USA bertujuan : Menghimpun dan meningkatkan tali persaudaraan antar sesama warga Kawanua dijiwai dengan semangat Mapalus yang dihayati dan diamalkan secara turun temurun oleh masyarakat Indonesia asal Minahasa. Memelihara dan melestarikan serta mengembangkan nilai-nilai budaya Minahasa bagi seluruh warga masyarakat Kawanua di Amerika Serikat, terutama mengajarkan kepada generasi penerus.

Dalam program Congress of Indonesia Diaspora pada tanggal 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 Juli 2012 di LA, yang diprakasai oleh Kedutaan Besar RI. Esa Kawanua USA mendapat kesempatan untuk ikut perpartisipasi dalam CID yang akan menampilkan group kesenian Ikatan Waraney Wulan Minahasa. Badan Pengurus Esa Kawanua USA menghimbau bagi seluruh masyarakat Kawanua dimanapun berada, agar mendukung dan turut mensukseskan acara CID untuk kepentingan dan keharuman nama bangsa Indonesia di Amerika Serikat. n Untuk informasi lebih lanjut dapat menghubungi penulis: Denny Sondakh di email: djsondakh@yahoo.com


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ICADLA

July 2012 - Diaspora Indonesia

by Maria M Khoe

Indonesian Catholic Community of Archdiocese Los Angeles Berdiri tahun pada tanggal 17 September 2001, ICADLA adalah salah satu komunitas Ethnic yang resmi bernaung dibawah Keuskupan Los Angeles, dan boleh merayakan misa kudus dalam bahasa Indonesia. Misa Kudus dalam bahasa Indonesia diadakan setiap hari Minggu pada jam 2 siang di gereja St. Stephen Martyr di Monterey Park. Selain misa rutin yang diadakan tiap hari Minggu, ICADLA

Jason Yau Lie dari hal 18

green card. Bagi kita yang sudah punya green card atau jadi warna negarapun bisa terpengaruh. Teman atau keluarga dekat kita bisa kapan saja ketangkap dan di deportasi oleh imigrasi. Inilah sebabnya kita sangat memperhatikan hukum imigrasi. Bisakah Jason berikan sedikit masukan info buat orang Indonesia yang mau bekerja legal atau sekolah disini? Bagi yang tidak punya status legal, memang sangat sulit sekali untuk dapat ijin kerja atau green card karena solusinya sangat terbatas. Bagaimanapun solusinya janganlah bertindak

juga aktif mengadakan kegiatan-kegiatan lain, antara lain mengadakan perayaan 17 Agustus setiap tahun, peran aktif dalam Religious Congress Education yang diadakan di Convention Center di Anaheim, dan lain sebagainya. Ketua umum ICADLA untuk periode 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2013 adalah Pak Iwan Juswanto. Informasi mengenai kegiatan ICADLA bisa dilihat di www.icadla.org n

ceroboh dan minta suaka politik tanpa mempelajari syarat sepenuhnya. Untuk kita yang masih dalam status legal atau yang ingin datang ke Amerika, caranya masih ada untuk dapat ijin kerja dan green card. Biasanya di sponsor keluarga atau melalui pekerjaan. Untuk informasi yang lengkap, hubungi seorang pengacara imigrasi. Bisakah Jason ceritakan sedikit tentang keluarga Jason untuk menjadi salah satu contoh Keluarga Diaspora Indonesia di Amerika. Wah besar juga bebannya jadi contoh. Padahal nasib kita hampir sama seperti warga Indonesia yang sekarang ada diluar tanah air. Istri saya dan ibu rumah

tangga yang cantik Debby dan saya dulunya hanya mau merantau saja. Niat kami masih mau pulang ke tanah air. Tapi, seperti apa yang sering terjadi, siapa sangka punya 3 putri disini, Aska (16 thn), Amanda (11 thn), dan Ashley (9 thn). Sekarang anak-anak sudah punya banyak teman dan pandangan masa depan disini. Tidak mau lagi melepaskan tanah air mereka. Yah, terpaksa kita ikuti kemauan mereka untuk sekarang ini. Sementara itu, saya cari nafkah dengan buka kantor hukum di Los Angeles. Debby yang membimbing anak-anak supaya jadi keturunan warga Indonesia yang baik dan bisa dibanggakan. Begitulah cerita keluarga kami secara singkat. n


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World Harvest from page 24

Sudan, to be agents of change in their communities. World Harvest is ready to go back for the third time. This August, Director of Operations for World Harvest, Budijono Untung, will go to Somalia to bring further aid to those impacted by the tragedy. 1,300 malnourished children

Due to that lack of a better place, this women in need of intensive care is forced to seek medical attention underneath our disaster relief truck. Picture taken during World Harvest’s first trip to the border of Somalia in October 2011

are waiting for our help. World Harvest is the first Indonesian Humanitarian organization that went to Somalia to feed the hungry. World Harvest also has Sponsor-A-Child Program to provide scholarships for underprivileged children grades K-12. Sponsor-A-Child World Harvest Sponsor-A-Child Program has changed the lives of over 9,000 underprivileged children in Indonesia. Sponsor-A-Child gives children the opportunity to pursue a great future that otherwise they could not afford to have. This last June, 30 sponsored children graduated from high school and are now going to

Intan Anggraeni: One of our sponsored children, Intan Anggreani, in Kampung Baru

In Wajir, Kenya the team weights this child to find out if he is underweight. The photo is taken on January 10, 2012.

make an impact in their communities. Donors give a dollar a day to provide sponsorship. $1 a day can keep a child in school; $1.00 a day can make all the difference of having a bright future. One child that benefited from this program is a girl named Christin.

ter earning a better income than them.”- Christin. Behind all the numbers we reported are actual persons, like Abdullah and Christin. They are real people whose lives and future were radically changed from no future to a bright hope. Some, like Abdullah from death to life. While we rejoice for the thousands we served daily, our hearts ache for the thousands more that we could not help due to our financial constraints. We are trusting God for more partners helping us reach to more that needs help. n

Christin’s Picture. Christin working in the customer service department.

Christin and her family live in a tiny house in Kampung Melayu. Christin’s parents can barely make enough money to put food on the table, let alone pay for Christin’s education. However, thanks to a World Harvest donor Christin was able to complete high school. Now she works for a cell phone distributing company in Jakarta in the customer service department and her parents couldn’t be more proud. “Both of my parents now can smile with relief when they see their daugh-

Contact: WorldHarvest 301 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite 201 Arcadia, CA 91006 Ph: (626) 359-8500 Website: www.worldharvest.cc


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Dr Taruna Ikrar, MD. PhD Sekrup Sains Dunia

by Indri Padmasana

Jauh mengembara dari Makassar-Indonesia ke Amerika Serikat, Dr. Taruna Ikrar menorehkan jejak penting pada dunia kedokteran internasional. Dialah pemegang paten metode pemetaan otak manusia (dipatenkan 2009 Nomor: 2009-623-1). Temuannya menjadi penting dalam perkembangan ilmu

Dr Taruna Ikrar, MD. PhD

saraf modern. Bagaimanapun, misteri rangkaian rahasia dari organisasi dan fungsi otak harus dipecahkan. Metode temuan Taruna berhasil menggambarkan dinamika pada otak manusia dengan rinci. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sekarang kami sedang focus pada investigasi fungsi otak

Dr Taruna bersama istri dan anak-anak

manusia, serta hubungannya dengan sirkuit otak dan berbagai jenis penyakit otak. Misalnya alzhaimer, parkinson, paralyses (kelumpuhan), epilepsy, serta ketergantungan narkotika dan psikotropika,â&#x20AC;? Setelah fungsional sejumlah penyakit itu diketahui, barulah teknik pengobatan terbaru seperti terapi gen dan terapi sel punca bisa diterapkan. Untuk memahami tema besar itu, seorang investigator otak manusia dituntut memiliki keahlian yang sangat spesifik. Antara lain memahami pencitraan pemetaan otak, laser photostimulation, sampai aspek genetika molekuler. Lantaran itu, tidak banyak ahli di dunia yang menguasai teknik tersebut. Demikian pula baru-baru ini, dokter yang mengabdi sebagai Academic Staff (Staf Akademik), dengan jabatan Leader Scientist, dan berprofesi sebagai Dokter spesialis di Universitas California, Amerika Serikat. Namanya mengorbit berkat menemukan teknik

Taruna Ikrar Oral Presenter

terbarunya dalam pengobatan kejang epilepsy yang dipublikasikan di jurnal Frontiers of Neural Circuit yang terbit pada 20 Januari 2012 lalu. Penemuan tersebut dilatarbelakangi bahwa: Telah lebih 100 tahun, penyakit kejang (epilepsy) menjadi perhatian para ilmuwan, mereka berusaha keras untuk mencari tahu dan sekaligus berupaya untuk mengobatinya. Dengan teknik pengobatan terbaru yang ditemukan oleh Dr. Taruna dkk menjadi harapan yang sangat besar dan diharapkan efektif dalam metode pengobatan penyakit kejang epilepsy. Lentingan Taruna datang ke AS pada 2008. Saat itu, ia baru saja kelar pendidikan di Jepang. Taruna beroleh jalur khusus, diundang pemerintah AS untuk bergabung sebagai peneliti pascadoktoral di Departemen Interdisipliner Neurosains di Universitas California, Irvine, AS. Maklum, Taruna memiliki apa yang mereka butuhkan saat itu. Taruna ialah pakar dalam penggunaan patch clamp, paham rekayasa genetika serta memiliki keahlian klinis. Selama enam tahun di Jepang, Taruna mendapat banyak pengalaman. Dia mendalami pemasangan alat pacu


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jantung dan pengobatan berbagai penyakit jantung. Dia juga mendalami teknik whole cell recording, semacam teknik untuk mengetahui dinamika di dalam sel tubuh. Sebagai kardiolog, dia sempat dikirim Universitas Niigata ke Universitas Bologna di Italia, salah satu universitas tertua di dunia yang telah berusia lebih 1000 tahun. Di sana dia belajar memahami lebih jauh tentang arrhythmia pada penyakit jantung. Lantaran itu, kehadirannya di AS melengkapi kekuatan tim peneliti di Universitas California. Dia menjadi kardiolog pertama yang bergabung ke pusat penelitian otak terbesar di dunia itu--skala universitas. Tanggung Surgery room with our team

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jawabnya bertambah sejak November 2009. Dia dipromosikan menjadi Academic Staff dan menjabat sebagai Wakil Direktur Progam Paskadoktoral di Universitas California dan sekaligus di beri kepercayaan untuk mengepalai proyek penelitian pemetaan sirkuit otak dan genotipe di institusi tersebut. Berkiprah Pada Ujung Tombak Profesi Kesehatan Sebelum berkiprah di pentas dunia, Dr. Taruna lebih dulu berbakti di Puskesmas Jatinegara, Jakarta, sejak 2000. Dokter asal Makassar ini bekerja selama tiga tahun di sana. Dia menjabat kepala puskesmas meski saat itu statusnya ialah pegawai tidak tetap (PTT). Di Jatinegara. Dia mengembangkan

sistem pusat pelayanan kesehatan terpadu (posyandu). Di tangannya, posyandu menjalankan tiga fungsi, yaitu untuk pendidikan dan pengaderan, kebersamaan, serta pencegahan penyakit dan kekurangan gizi. Dia meramu tiga fungsi utama itu di tengah-tengah rasa kebersamaan masyarakat Jakarta yang mulai pupus. Lantaran itu posyandu ala Taruna menjadi percontohan nasional. “Sebagai orang yang berasal dari daerah, bisa berkarier di Jakarta sebetulnya sudah luar biasa. Apalagi bisa merasakan kedahsyatan pengembangan diri di pusat-pusat keunggulan sains dan teknologi dunia, seperti “Jepang, Italia, dan AS”. Aktivis Yang Berdiaspora Telah lebih 10 tahun, aktivis mahsiswa ini lepas dari Tanah Air. Ia, seperti halnya peneliti Indonesia di luar negeri, seperti biji suplir yang berdiaspora: tumbuh di tempat asing dengan kebaruan mereka. Namun semakin jauh pengembaraannya dari kampung

Kita punya banyak keunggulan

Sumber daya alam luar biasa, penduduk terbesar keempat di dunia dengan kualitas yang tidak kalah, plus kekayaan budaya dan adat istiadat. Tinggal bagaimana manajemennya saja . . .

halaman, Dia justru bertambah yakin potensi Indonesia untuk berdiri sejajar dengan negara maju di dunia. “Kita punya banyak keunggulan. Sumber daya alam luar biasa, penduduk terbesar keempat di dunia dengan kualitas yang tidak kalah, plus kekayaan budaya dan adat istiadat. Tinggal bagaimana manajemennya saja,” jelas Taruna. Niatnya membenahi Indonesia, terutama dalam membangkitkan daya saing bangsa, berhilir pada organisasi Ikatan Ilmuwan Indonesia Internasional (I4) yang diresmikan pada 2009. Pada organisasi itu, Taruna didapuk sebagai Koordinator I4 Benua Amerika (2009-2011) dan sekarang sebagai Wakil Presiden I4 (2011-2013). Kata Taruna, organisasi itu diharapkan bisa menjadi jejaring bagi ilmuwan asal Indonesia yang tersebar di dunia. Bergabung dengan I4 tidak membuat Taruna canggung. Sejak remaja, ia biasa berorganisasi. Antara lain, Taruna sempat dipercaya sebagai Ketua Majelis Pertimbangan Agung (MPA) Ikatan Senat Mahasiswa Kedokteran Indonesia (ISMKI) periode 1993-1995. Taruna juga pernah menjabat Ketua Pengurus Besar (PB) Himpunan Mahasiswa Islam Bersambung ke hal 48


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International Real Estate Buyers Home buying guide for non-US citizen If you are outside the United States and/or a non-US citizen and are seeking a new home or investment property in the USA, I have prepared the following FAQ to answer the most common questions about buying real estate in the USA by non-citizens, immigrants or foreign investors. Q: Can people from outside of the US or non-US citizens buy and own real estate in the US?

A: Yes. The United States does not place any restrictions on non-US citizens buying and owning real estate in the United States. However, some countries may place restrictions in its own citizens from buying real estate in the US â&#x20AC;&#x201C; therefore you should check the rules of your own country to verify you are not under any restrictions from your home country. Many people from outside the US buy real estate here as investments, for vacation homes or for future relocation. Currently we are seeing lots of buying from people from other countries due to the favorable exchange rate between the US dollar and other currencies such as the Yen and the Euro. Buying real estate in the US is also very safe and secure, as all transactions are subject to US contract law and are

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handled by neutral third party escrow companies who oversee all aspects of the transaction between seller and buyer. Q: What are the best areas of Los Angeles to buy property or to relocate and live? A: Los Angeles is a very diverse city and a community can be found for just about every taste and lifestyle. Some of the more popular communities in the Los Angeles area for relocating or buying investment property include Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills on the West Side of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills and in the San Fernando Valley from Studio City to Calabasas. Among these communities are desirable school districts, beautiful homes, safe neighborhoods and world class shopping and dining. Q: What are typical expenses for owning a home in the Los Angeles area? A: As you would expect with owning a home in any other area, you should

plan for utilities such as electricity, gas, water and sewage. Depending on the size of the home and your usage, these expenses can range anywhere from $100 to $1,000+ a month. Please note these amounts are estimates only, and actual expense can vary from home to home and community to community. It is recommended you verify all expenses before buying any home. Property taxes are another expense, and the typical rate can range from 1% to 1.25% of the assessed value per annum. As with utilities, you should verify the taxes for the particular area and home you are thinking of buying prior to purchase. Condominiums and even some single family homes also come with an added expense of a homeowners association. The homeowners association covers all expenses related to maintenance and up keep of common areas of the property, as well as the operating budget of the homeowners association itself. Monthly HOA fees can range from under $200 a month to over $1,000+ per month for luxury communities. Continue to page 48


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Arie Ayunir Arie adalah teman saya sejak SMU di Surabaya,” kata Budjana dari atas sebuah pentas musik. “Agak sulit menemukan teman satu grup yang pas dalam selera. Saya dan Arie sudah klop sejak SMU. Dan saya nggak pernah kepikiran main dengan drummer lain. Setelah sekian lama trio ini ada, kami

Arie Ayunir (kanan) bersama saya, Dewa Budjana

bertiga terus. Saya, Arie dan Bintang. Kalau salah satu dari dua teman ini berhalangan, mending nggak jadi main,” terang Budjana seusai pentas.

sih. Tapi ya kami sih asyik-asyik aja,” ungkap Budjana senyum. Efisien dan Efektif Lantas dalam pengembaraannya di ibukota, tepatnya setelah ia menuntaskan studi di Miami, AS, Arie pun “ditemukan” Riza Arshad. Arie langsung digaet untuk membentuk grup baru; Dialog. Di sini keduanya ditemani Jeffrey Tahalele dan Dewa Budjana. Sayangnya hanya sesaat! Tapi kedekatan Ija, panggilan akrab Riza, dengan Arie tetap terjaga. Keduanya merasa klop. Maka formasi Dialog dilanjutkan dengan mengajak serta Tohpati dan Indro Hardjodikoro. Jadilah Simak Dialog. Grup muda ini menjelma menjadi sebuah kelompok jazz yang berbeda, sekaligus nekad! Ya bagaimana nggak nekad. Soalnya mereka tidak memainkan pop, tidak melirik rock, lha malah jazz ! Buat Ija, Arie adalah soul-mate yang pas. ”Sama

I Dewa Gede Budjana, memang telah bersekongkol dengan Arie Ayunir sejak 1980-an. “Saya klop kalau ngomong tentang musik dan main musik dengan dia. Enak aja. Kalau kami ketemu satu lagu, lantas mainin sama-sama, prosesnya cepat. Soalnya kami sudah saling tahu satu sama lain.” Lewat Squirrel Band, yang personelnya kebetulan satu sekolah di Surabaya, dan berhasil menjuarai kontes band bergengsi, Light Music Contest 1984, Budjana dan Arie hengkang ke ibukota seusai SMU. Bertemu lagi, sepakat membentuk band. Jadilah trio dengan mengajak Bintang Indrianto. “Hampir lima tahun trio ini terbentuk. Kami sering latihan tapi nggak muncul-muncul di pentas. Belum dapat job

Arie Ayunir bersama keluarga

dekatan intensnya dengan Arie bukan dalam arti fisik. “Kami malah terhitung jarang ketemu. Cuma kalau sudah ngobrol soal musik, saya dan Arie dengan instrumen masing-masing, wah langsung mengalir lancar. Kayak curhat deh. Saya enak, Arie juga begitu. Ngak usah diomongin, mau main kayak apa, langsung mainin aja, jadinya asyik.” Menurut Ija, ia dan Arie sudah main bareng sekitar 15 tahun. Dan sudah memainkan banyak ragam jenis musik. “Makin lama main bareng, saya merasakan betul bahwa Arie itu jujur dalam musik. Tipikal permainannya juga senantiasa nyaris tanpa emosi. Dia juga tipe drummer yang selalu terasa sangat cepat tanggap, ketika menghadapi satu lagu.”

kayak Budjana, saya menganggap Arie adalah teman main musik yang sama seleranya. Tipikal permainannya pas banget buat masuk di musik Simak Dialog. Dia sudah memegang sebagian dari jiwa grup ini. Mainnya efektif dan efisien. Lagi pula, Arie cepat menangkap keinginan saya.” Dan asal tahu saja, ungkap Ija, ke-

Upland, California Sekarang ini Arie tinggal di Upland bersama istrinya, Lusia Irnawati, dan putra-putrinya yang sekarang mengikuti jejak Arie sebagai musisi di Amerika. Reno anak pertama bermain drum, Regie anak kedua menjadi pemain gitar dan putrinya, Zikha akan menjadi candidate Miss Teen Asia USA mewakili Indonesia ditahun 2013. Arie dan keluraga adalah contoh salah satu keluarga Diaspora Indonesia. n


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Liberty Pertiwi

by Tuty Lediana, Oregon

Liberty Pertiwi adalah anak pertama dari Iskandar Zulkarnain & Tuty Lediana, kedua-duanya asli dari Palembang. Libby (panggilan Liberty Pertiwi) lahir pada tanggal 11 Desember 1990 di Montclair, California.

Utusan Tetap R.I. di PBB 325 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016 Tel: (212) 972-8333 Fax: (212) 972-9780 www.indonesiamission-ny.org Konsulat Jenderal R.I. Los Angeles 3457 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010 Tel: (213) 383-5126 Fax: (213) 487-3971 www.kjri-la.net

Sejak umur 7 tahun Libby aktif di Ice Skating & pernah juara Ice Skating State of Oregon 2 tahun berturut-turut. Sewaktu di middle school dia juga aktif di Student Council (OSIS kalo kita bilang di Indo) dan pernah jadi President waktu 8th grade, lalu dilanjutkan ke High School sampai 4 tahun dan selalu dapat Honor Class sejak Elementry School sampai tamat High School. Libby seringkali menjadi volunteer selama di High School & College, karena itulah Libby bisa mendapatkan beberapa scholarship & juga bisa ke Congressman Office. Sewaktu Libby internship di Congressman Kurt Schrader (Oregon) di Capitol Hill, DC, Libby beberapa kali dapat kesempatan menjadi speaker untuk anakanak teenager yang mau meneruskan kuliah di Amerika & menerangkan bagaimana caranya untuk mendapat-

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kan scholarship untuk ke college, salah satunya Libby diminta oleh World Bank & KBRI di Washington untuk menjadi speaker di KBRI dan juga 2 kali menjadi speaker di group pengajian IMAAM di Maryland. Saat ini Libby sudah bekerja sambil mempersiapkan untuk S2-nya.

Kegiatan Libby selama bersekolah di Amerika sangatlah padat, Libby adalah salah satu anak Indonesia yang sangat membanggakan, inilah sedikit cerita kegiatan Libby selama bersekolah disini sampai akhirnya Libby bisa bangga meneruskan cita-citanya untuk mengharumkan nama Bangsa Indonesia dimata dunia dan menjadi duta bangsa dan sekaligus menjadi salah satu DIASPORA INDONESIA Libby bersama adiknya, Billy, dan kedua orang tuanya di Amerika. n

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Ferril Nawir seniman Batik Indonesian born Batik artist Ferril Nawir is a master in this ancient artform tradition. With almost 30 years experience in this field he has transformed this art unto many different artistic expressions in the form of exclusive one of kind silk fabrics, large tapestries as well as contemporary silk batik paintings and much more.

tops as well as bed headboards panellings. These commissioned creations can be found in the numerous Hotels found in both Bali & Jakarta, Indonesia! Recently his newest Batik explorations involves in a rather new contemporary twist from his past traditional tedious approach. Incorporating a new French Silk Dye product he is able to create brightly colored batik images which he calls his Whimsical Batik collection.

He had also pioneered, developed & transformed this art unto wood panels which was never done before. The uniqueness of this discovery is that he is able to batik/paint images into the wood grains. Batik techniques applied on wood works basically as a tattoo would on skin/flesh. Thru this technique the natural beauty of the wood grains are well preserved & the batiked image integrates itself within the grains giving an almost 3 dimensional visual appearance. “Pink Orchids” by Ferril Nawir

Due to the complex nature of this batik medium, whether a modern or traditional approach is performed, the final outcome almost always has an element of surprise. Therefore super realistic style of batik painting is extremely hard to achieve unlike with other art mediums. This aspect reflects greatly towards his approach & final outcome of his new batik silk painting collection. “Jungle” by Ferril Nawir

For the past 15 years he had created an array of wood batik paintings as well as wood batik panels for the Interior, Architectural & Furniture trade, producing wall & door panellings and table

He emphasizes most on capturing the subject’s overall spirit & energies rather than duplicating it to the exact! This projection, feel and visual appeal is strikingly evident in the final outcome of each of his silk paintings ! n

Untuk diketahui pula : Dalam resume saya prestasi-prestasi yang cukup bergengsi buat saya adalah my involvement dengan event besar the New York Fabric Show (the 1st one ever in the U.S) pada tahun 80’an dimana koleksi-koleksi batik exclusive saya di beli oleh perancangperancang mode terkenal seperti Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis dan banyak lagi. Dan juga pada awal th 80 saya sempat berpameran di Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institue, perhaps the 1st Indonesian yang pernah berpameran disitu! Kemudian pada tahun 2005 saya diundang & ikut serta dalam The 1st International Batik Conference yang di selenggarakan di Boston Massachusetts selama 1 minggu lebih! Seniman-seniman batik jagoan dari manca negara hadir dan saya adalah satu-satunya dari Indonesia dan saya justru cukup buat kejutan dalam event ini karena saya satu-satunya seniman batik yang datang berpamer dengan lukisan Batik kayu! Dan juga pada tahun 90-an banyak batik-batik panel kayu saya terpajang di interior-interior berbagai Hotel berbintang di Bali maupun di Jakarta. Antara lain di Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Sheraton Laguna Bali, Melia Benoa Bali, Menteng Jakarta, Matoa Golf & Country Club Jakarta dan banyak lagi! Demikian, mudah-mudahan info ini cukup untuk sekedar memperkenalkan saya sebagai seniman Batik yang cukup lama dan mungkin satu-satunya yang dari Indonesia dan bermukim di Amerika sini! Sekian dulu dan sampai jumpa di event Diaspora kita ! Salam, Ferril Nawir. n To find out more about me, and to check complete exhibitions list, visit: http://nawir.myexpose.com/ My online gallery: http://www.ArtWanted.com/nawirart


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Make Up Tutorial

by Stephanie Tjiu

Before

1. Apply your favourite foundation

2 Apply dark green shadow on outer half of lid

3. Apply light green shadow on inner half of lid

4. Line the upper lid

5. Apply gold shadow on the bottom of eye

6. Apply mascara on top and bottom lashes

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Financial Planning

in The United States

Many immigrants are ignorant or naive about the importance of financial planning. They believe that Financial Planning is needed only for the “rich”. Contrary to what most people believe, financial planning is needed by every individuals, families, business owners or even retirees despite how much money they have, even though the degree of financial planning itself is vary base on their current financial situation.

grow and protect your investment assets with confidence. A financial planner can provide you with clear picture of where you stand today and vision of where you are going. That includes developing your financial strategy, implementing your plans and monitoring your progress toward your goals. An important first step in the process is to step back and look at all of your financial needs as part of a bigger and unconnected picture of your life.

People Don’t Plan to Fail, But They Fail to Plan

If anyone feels confident that he is addressing all of his financial concerns and he is doing so in the most appropriate way possible, he probably does not need a professional financial planning.

As a “first-generation” immigrant myself, I really respect anyone who is making a headway toward becoming financial independence in this country. Many of these first generation immigrants are successful professionals; however, some of them may have barrier with language, difficulty adjusting with diverse cultures and no general knowledge about the US customs; therefore, limiting the ability to plan for their financial future in this country.

by Jane Wibowo

Part of the financial planning will include: assessing your financial situation, saving for major expenses, protecting against financial crisis, college planning, retirement planning, tax planning, investment planning, and estate planning.

However, if you are like most people who have taken some steps to reach a few of your goals but you know that there are still more you should do, but unsure how to go to the next level, then a professional financial planning might be for you.

To see if you can benefit from a plan, please invest few minutes to fill out our survey and we can determine whether a professional financial plan could make a valuable difference in your life and family. n

It is not too early or too late to develop an effective plan that can help you

The author, Jane Wibowo can be reached at www.FirstWayInsurance.com

About the author Jane Wibowo has been involved in insurance and financial industry in the past 14 years. She came to the United States as an international student back in 1992, and she has been involved in Indonesian Community through her involvement as the past president of PERMIAS of California State of Los Angeles University, and VP of PERMIAS Los Angeles. Currently, she is the president of First Way Insurance and Financial, Inc and is the Board Director/ Advisory Board Member for several organizations. Jane has a genuine passion and vision in helping people plan and reaching their financial dreams by assisting them with strategies for assets accumulation, preservation, protection and transfer of wealth. Jane’s practice serves the needs of diverse group of clients including individuals, families, small business owners and retirees. Her practice continues to flourish thanks to clients recommending her services to others. Jane has been involved with different organizations and has been instrumental in giving her time and makes a huge impact in the community. She had received community awards from: US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, National Republican Congressional Committee, Regional Chamber of Commerce San Gabriel Valley , Toastmasters International, Los Angeles Business Journal and many others organizations. Jane is married and a mother of two wonderful children and fluent in Indonesian. She currently holds Life License, Property & Casualty License, Security Registered Representative of Series 6, 26 and 63. n


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Your Immune System Biological Structures and Processes within an Organism that Protects Against Disease Your immune system is like a welltrained army for both, defensive and offensive mechanisms. Immune system chemicals represent bullets the body uses to destroy microbes and tumors. It is the well-orchestrated synergy and function of each component that allows for the proper defense of the body against pathological invaders. To ensure proper functioning for the immune system, sufficient and optimal nourishment and stimulation is essential. Sufficient hydration, adequate sleep, consuming a variety of fresh produce are all foundational. Yet in today’s world of excess stress, environmental pollutants and super-bugs, enhancement of immune function is crucial. Nurturing healthy immune systems proactively opposed to reactively is a must for those serious about maintaining wellness and healthy aging. In this article, we will address three important aspects of immunity: IgA Immunoglobulins, Natural Killer Cells and the T Helper Cells. IgA Immunoglobulins IgA is primarily secreted via mucous membranes of eyes, noses, throat and gastrointestinal tract. Secretory IgA

functions like the body’s very own guard, coating the surfaces of the mucous membranes, enveloping them and creating a highly impervious barrier to help prevent microbes from binding to epithelial cells in the respiratory and digestive tracts.

Natural Killer Cell (orange) attacking cancer cell (red color in the middle).

Ensuring that IgA is present in sufficient quantity is critical to help fight pathogens that come in contact with vulnerable body surfaces via ingestion or inhalation. Body fluids rich in IgA include colostrum, mother’s milk, saliva and tears. Low levels of IgA contribute to susceptibility to infection, asthma, autoimmune conditions, chronic infections, intestinal diseasem food intolerances, allergies and autism.

Natural Killer Cells NK cells are important players in immunity. They are like soldiers who enter directly into battle. In this case, these immunological soldiers kill pathogen-infected cells and cells that have mutated into tumors. This is why they are described as cytotoxic (the same term used to Virus particle (top) surrounded by antibodies (Y-shaped). Antibodies are describe many assemblies of proteins that allows the immune system to identify and chemotherapy neutralise foreign objects in the body. - Science Photo Library

drugs), which means cell-destroying. NK cells are lymphocytes (white blood cells) that powerfully contribute to immune defense and offense. When a viral invader enters the system or a cell becomes mutagenic, NK cells are activated in one of two ways. By

Antibodies (Y-shaped) amongst cells. These Y-shaped immunoglobulin molecules have two arms equipped with binding sites that recognise and bind only to specific antigens, such as viral or bacterial proteins. - Science Photo Library

triggering the production of antigens on the infected cells, interferons create a “wanted flag” that helps the NK cells more easily find the infected cells. Antigens are like name tags on the cells – they let NK cells and other immune factors know whether a cell is self (i.e. normal) or non-self (i.e. invaded by a pathogen or cancerous). The other way NK cells are activated is through macrophage derived cytokines. Cytokines, proteins produced by white blood cells, send NK cells a signal that an immunological response is needed. Whichever way NK cells are activated, they stop viral infections by causing the immune response to generate cytotoxic T cells. These cytotoxic T cells are like soldiers who each have been assigned a specific enemy to destroy. Antigens help NK cells create a built in safety mechanism that allows for “self” to be differentiated by “non-self.” The end result is that NK cells only attack Continue to page 52


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Banyu Pinaruh

kegiatan komunitas 47

by Hadi Kuswoyo

Balinese Community in Los Angeles Banyu Pinaruh is one of Balinese culture procession which is aim to clean the body and soul from ugly influence. This celebration is conducted Hindu resident in Bali in particular at the morning time.

Increase Your Immune System Dari bermacam-macam produk kesehatan yang pernah dikaji oleh dunia sains, transfer factor telah dibuktikan secara ilmiah bahwa: 8x lebih kuat dari Lingzhi/Gano 10x lebih kuat dari Echinacea 19x lebih kuat dari Colostrum/IgG

This celebration is common executed at the beach, lake or river. According to Balinese belief, by taking a bath which is more known by Banyu Pinaruh will be able to refresh the body and eliminate the sultry feeling from the routine

activity. Banyu Pinaruh is held every six-month and it is executed one day after Saraswati Day. Banyu Pinaruh is one of event entangling all society element from children until the old people and it is one of the event that tourist can see during the holidays in Bali. n Picture : On Celebration & Pray, Meeting, Music, Dance, Eating & Happy Birthday, Fun Foto from: The groups of The Gamelan Bhuwana Kumala L.A/ Hadi Kuswoyo

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Dr Taruna Ikrar dari hal 37

Home Buying from page 38

(HMI) 1997-1999 dan Wakil Ketua Pengurus Besar (PB) Ikatan Dokter Indonesia (IDI) periode 2000-2003. Aktivis ini juga aktif dalam fase reformasi 1998. Karena itu, Taruna akrab dengan Ketua Umum Partai Demokrat Anas Urbaningrum sampai Andi Alfian Mallarangeng dan mantan wakil presiden RI, M Jusuf Kalla. Namun, Taruna tidak lantas terjun ke dunia politik yang ingar-bingar. Dia justru ‘menyepi’ ke dunia penelitian

Q: What types of visas are available for immigration and permanent citizenship to the United States? A: Before making any purchase of real estate in the US, you should consult with an attorney in the US who can advise you on the different types of visas and immigration options, since owning real estate does not guarantee any type of visa or citizenship in the US.

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yang senyap. Oleh rekan aktivisnya yang kini berpolitik praktis, Dia dilabeli ‘dokter politik sekaligus dokter penyakit’. “Memang kesannya kontradiktif karena sekarang saya menggeluti hal yang bersifat spesifik, sedangkan dalam dunia aktivis dan organisasi hal yang dilakukan umumnya bersifat makro. Tapi buat saya, itu memperkaya wawasan,” lanjut Taruna yang mengaku terinspirasi oleh buku Global Paradox karya John Naisbitt. Pada tahun 2009, Aktivis mahasiswa ini sempat bertemu dengan sejumlah wakil rakyat di DPR. Pada pertemuan nostalgia itu Dia sempat mengelontarkan ide dan informasi terkini mengenai aspek biologi molekuler dalam konteks global. Dalam penilaiannya, seorang pengambil kebijakan dituntut paham sains dan teknologi terkini. “Karena perang di masa depan bukan lagi perkara bom atom dan panser. Tapi bagaimana menghadapi pemanasan global, melawan senjata biologis serta melawan penyakit menular berupa bakteri dan virus hasil mutasi yang sangat berbahaya. Contohnya swine flu, flu burung, AIDS, dan kolera.” n

As far as some of the types of visas and available, the most common visa is a work visa, but an investor visa EB-5 is available to individuals who can qualify and invest in a business in the United States, the minimum which can range from $500,000 to $1,000,000. This visa can eventually lead to permanent citizenship if desired. Again, consult with a US immigration attorney who can advise you on your options. If you do not have your own legal counsel in the US, I can refer you to attorneys I have worked with in the past and have provided excellent service to my clients. Q: How can I buy real estate in the USA? A: If you are looking in the Los Angeles area, the best way to get started is to provide me with all the details of the type of home or real estate you would like to purchase, along with your budget (if you are looking outside of Los Angeles I may be able to refer you to an agent in your area). In the communities I serve, condos can be found from about $300,000 USD and up, and detached homes usually start around $500,000 USD. Luxury properties can be found from around the $1,000,000 USD price all the way up to $10,000,000 USD and more for estate properties. For residential income properties it could be range $700,000 to 10 Million dollar. It’s all depending on location. Once I have all the details of your requirements, I can

start a search for properties that match your criteria, and I can provide you with photos and information about the property. I can answer any questions you have such as neighborhood information, maintenance costs, property taxes, security, and other expenses related to a particular home or income properties. From there, once you decide which area you would like and type of home, it is best to plan a trip to the US so you can actually tour the area and view properties. It’s recommended to plan on spending about 5 to 10 days on your visit, especially if you would like to purchase property while you are here. Q: Do you work with investors as well as individuals in acquiring or selling US real estate? A: Yes. If you plan to invest in US real estate I can help with acquiring the real estate, and in addition my firm also can work with you on leasing/renting property, screening tenants and listing and marketing property for sale. If you have any questions on this process or would like to get started on finding real estate in the Los Angeles area, please feel free to leave your contact information on my email : Rosy@Rosyhomes.com and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. Or you can call me directly at (310) 948-3574. I am fluent in English and Indonesian language. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you! n Rosy Law is a Realtor with Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills, CA. And can be contacted at rosy@ rosyhomes.com Disclaimer: The information above is intended as a general overview of the process for non-US citizens in the state of California only, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for legal advice from a qualified attorney or a real estate professional experienced with foreign buyers. Before making any purchase of real estate you should speak with an attorney and/or a real estate agent who can review your own personal situation and advise you accordingly.


Sabtu, 28 Juli 2012

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Immanuel Christian Community Church of Montclair - ICCCM info : Meiske T. Ngamba - 951.525.2999 Hans Podomi - 909.967.7097

first presbyterian church of upland 869 N. euclid ave - upland, ca 91786

BazzaaRia ICCCM dari hal 23

menyediakan pelayanan masyarakat berupa perpanjangan paspor dan lapor diri. Terlihat cukup banyak masyarakat Indonesia yang menggunakan pelayanan ini. Saat itu juga Jemaat ICCCM berkesempatan menyampaikan ucapan terimakasih dan memberikan kenang-kenangan kepada Ibu Magdalena ‘Rika’ Wowor, Kepala Kanselerai KJRI Los Angeles, yang akan mengakhiri masa tugas dan kembali ke Indonesia.

Asia lainnya. Hadir pula Linda Tumboimbeladan Alvina Tham yang akan mengikuti pemilihan Mrs & Miss Asia USA tahun ini.

Acara yang didukung oleh majalah Kabari ini juga menampilkan Mrs & Miss Asia USA: Debby Lie, Meeghan Henry dan beberapa wakil dari negara

Dana yang terkumpul melalui BazzaaRia ICCCM 2012 ini akan digunakan untuk mendukung acara puncak “Sembilan Tahun ICCCM 2012” yaitu Kebaktian Kebangunan Rohani bersama Pdt. Gilbert Lumoindong pada tanggal 28 Juli yang akan datang, yang akan dilak-

sanakan di gedung First Presbyterian Church of Upland, 869 North Euclid Ave, Upland, CA 91786. Ketua Panitia, Toman Pasaribu, menghimbau dan mengajak kita semua untuk hadir dan bersama-sama mendapatkan berkat melalui acara KKR tersebut diatas. Untuk info KKR, silahkan menghubungi: Meiske Ngamba (951)525-2999 atau Hans Podomi (909)967-7097. Immanuel Christian Community Church of Montclair, mulai 1 Juli 2012 menempati lokasi ibadah yang baru beralamat: 203 East ”G” Street, Ontario, CA 91764 @ First Lutheran Church, dengan waktu ibadah yang sama, yaitu jam 05:00 sore. Ibadah Ucapan Syukur“Sembilan Tahun ICCCM 2012” dengan pengkhotbah Pdt. Gilbert Lumoindong, akan dilakukan di tempat ini pada hari Minggu, 29 Juli 2012. Untuk informasi gereja dan pelayanan ICCCM dapat menghubungi Pendeta Jemaat, Pdt. Henry Rumemper di telpon : (909)242-0846. n


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Photo Albums Seputar Persiapan Diaspora Indonesia

Kunjungan Dubes Dino Patti Djalal ke LA Convention Center (Photo: Endah Redjeki)

Pertemuan Dubes Dino Patti Djalal dengan Mayor LA Antonio Villaraigosa (Photo: Yansen Setiawan)

Townhall & Tele Townhall Meeting sosialisasi CID 2012 di Washington, D.C. (Photo: Made Mastra)

Endah Redjeki dan Bhagawan Ciptoning

Yansen Setiawan, photographer.


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means of socialization in various corners of the world. Last Saturday (26/5) was the turn of Indonesians’ who live in Houston, Texas, to receive a briefing directly from Dino Patti Djalal. TNOL contributor Santi Pudjo had an opportunity to attend the meeting, held at the Atrium Building Consulate General on Richmond Avenue in Houston. Here’s her report: “Today there are more than 150 thousand Indonesians living in the United States of America. They settled, went to school, and worked in various States across America. These people come from diverse ethnic and socio-economic levels, educational backgrounds as well as with various ideas, potentials and skills. On the other hand, there are many Americans and American companies who are interested in connecting with Indonesia. The CID as a grand meeting forum for Diaspora Indonesia reflects a new paradigm, one that sees the full potential of Indonesians who live abroad as an asset as well as an agent for progress. Indonesia appreciates the diaspora and recognizes it as an important part of Indonesia, constituting an intrinsic and dynamic part of the nation’s productive elements as well as an important key to Indonesia’s success in the 21st century. The broader definition of Diaspora has come to include any person residing abroad and holding an Indonesian passport, every person of Indonesian blood who is not an Indonesian citizen, an Indonesian who is married to a foreigner, and those who are not Indonesian at all – in terms of either blood ties or citizenship – but those caring about and bonding with Indonesia. In his presentation, Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal gave examples of people who belong to each category

– among those mentioned, Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Managing Director of the World Bank and a former Minister of Finance), Sehat Sutardja (President of Marvell Technology Group), as well as Paul Wolfowitz (former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia). It is expected that Diaspora Indonesia, wherever they may be and through the CID, will be a great community that is able to build on its strength, and create a wave of networking possibilities among its members. The role of this diaspora for the country is significant, and is no longer debatable. Remittance of amounts, or the delivery of money through Indonesian Labor BNP2TKI version (National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers) during the year 2011, reached U.S. $ 6.11 billion, or the equivalent of Rp 53.36 trillion. “The new amount is calculated based on the funds that pass through Bank Indonesia, and does not include sums sent directly through other financial services,” said Mr. Dino. In many countries, efforts to unite their diaspora have long been in existence. Jewish, Chinese and Indian diaspora, for example, have specifically focused on the their respective developments in the economic fields, while Thailand has succeeded culturally. What about Indonesia? ”The target we want to accomplish for CID is multipurpose and needs crossexamination,” said Mr. Dino. He stated, “The Diaspora Congress in Los Angeles scheduled later will not be the end of this. The congress is expected to yield the birth of a declaration for Diaspora Indonesia that reflects a vision for the future. “ Diaspora Indonesia is an asset and a pillar of strength, sufficiently important for the Government to calculate the value of those resources owned by the

Diaspora Indonesia in planning for future development. What matters most is how to make such a big idea for the CID to really happen, not just have it stop at the level of discourse.

Muhammad AS Hikam, senior researcher from LIPI and former State Minister for Research and Technology, stated eloquently, “The idea of Diaspora Indonesia Conference is quite original. If other nations have long had their diaspora groups, then perhaps the term Diaspora is the first time that Indonesia has come to terms with its previously ‘unthinkable’ existence. This is a community that still feels ‘Indonesian’, even while abroad, whether planning to return or not. The potential is huge for the nation’s progress. But, it should also be reviewed critically, especially the origins of diaspora in the context of Indonesia. This, of course, varies greatly, so it’s important that Indonesia attempts to utilize its Diaspora effectively.” n Linda Lim from page 51

The same goes to the American Companies who have been building their businesses outside the country or who would like to start to look into Indonesia as a country who has full potential to be one of the big countries by growing its economy through the export-import businesses. “You have to have an International Bank with specific global system to build your business internationally,” Linda said. “Therefore, you need to have the right bank behind you”. n


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Sonita Lontoh rom page 

overseas Chinese in a wide range of sectors, not just for manufacturing opportunities but for their knowledge, technology and culture sensibilities. The Indian diaspora has historically distinguished itself in the information technology sector, nowhere more apparent than in my own backyard here in Silicon Valley, the world’s mecca for cutting-edge technology. Indians have been very influential. The Indian government is now luring many Indian scientists, engineers, professionals and entrepreneurs back home to help India become the world’s technology hub. Equivalent engagement of the Indonesian diaspora is needed for Indonesia’s development. Many Indonesian communities abroad have gathered to socialize. Depending on the type of group — students, professionals, and others — most of the gatherings focus on social events

such as makan-makan, religious or national celebrations. Seldom do these gatherings develop into something more substantial.

necessary to achieve that vision, I am confident we will be able to inspire ourselves and others to help build an even better Indonesia for everyone.

There are many Indonesians abroad who have achieved greatness in their professional and personal lives. There are icons such as Sehat Sutardja from Marvell Technology, Sri Mulyani

The CID is a first step, not an end in itself. I am hopeful that it will continue its momentum for many years to come. Moreover, we cannot effect change without proactive engagement with the Indonesian government and the governments of the adopted countries where we reside. It is imperative that the CID be a place where a multitude of stakeholders gather and create a strong ecosystem of dialogue and partnerships.

from the World Bank and all of the accomplished Indonesians involved with the CID. If we could all get together to create a compelling vision for our positive engagements with Indonesia and marshal the resources

If we could all get together to create

a compelling vision for our positive engagements with Indonesia and marshal the resources necessary to achieve that vision, I am confident we will be able to inspire ourselves and others to help build an even better Indonesia for everyone

As Teh Botol refreshes thirst in hot and humid Jakarta — and even in foggy San Francisco — I hope the CID can provide a refreshing catalyst in fostering a more complete understanding of the diverse Indonesian diaspora and a more genuine embrace of our diversity, thus enabling us to work together to help create a better Indonesia for all. n Clean technology expert Sonita Lontoh, an Indonesian national, is an executive at Trilliant, a venture-backed company in Silicon Valley. Follow Sonita on Twitter @slontoh.

Immune System from page 46

Deretan Artis dari hal 

cells infected by microbes but not uninfected healthy cells.

program Job Fair, yang berlangsung selama 3 hari. Sementara itu, masih di lokasi yang sama, Pameran Batik dan Bazaar juga akan digelar menampilkan produk Indonesia dan aneka makanan Indonesia yang dapat dinikmati oleh diaspora Indonesia yang berada di LACC.

T Helper Cells A healthy immune system is defined by the balance that it presents. Too great an immune response can contribute to progressive autoimmunity, inflammation and generalized hyperreactivity. In contrast, an immunosuppressed immune system significantly increases the prevalence of infection, progression of HIV and cancer. T Helper Cells are a type of white blood cell (lymphocytes) that contribute to maximizing the capabilities of immune function. T Helper Cells can

Human Natural Killer Cells attacking cancer cells

be compared to generals on the battle field; they are not equipped for personal combat, unlike natural killer cells, they possess no cytotoxic nor phagocytic activity. Thus they cannot kill an infected host cell; rather they help mobilize the other white blood cells and immune constituents and direct the fight for survival. n

Ayo datang ke CID 2012 dan semarakkan hari-hari anda dengan teman-teman baru diaspora dari seluruh dunia dan nikmati seni, budaya dan bazaar yang tiada duanya! Bersama-sama kita sukseskan Indonesia Diaspora 2012 ! n Informasi lebih lanjut dapat dilihat di www.diasporaindonesia.com


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