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Indonesian Cultural Night 2017: Promoting Indonesia Traditional and Pop Culture

Dr. Putera Parthama Mr. Kadek Hemawan

Life after Michigan State University

Delicious Easy


Indonesian Cuisines

Foreword Rosmalawati Chalid

Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Chicago

Rosmalawati Chalid Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Chicago It is my honor and privilege to address the premier edition of this publication. Let me just start by commending Permias MSU for the great work and efforts that they have done in promoting Indonesia. In my encounters with a number of university administrators, it is not seldom that they provide good remarks on Permias and Indonesian students. I am delighted to know that our students, in general, are doing well in their studies and campus life. The knowledge, skills and connections to all walks of life that our students obtain will be valuable not only to themselves but also to Indonesia. I strongly encourage our Indonesian students to be active in Permias. And I also appeal to every Indonesian students to take active part in promoting Indonesia. Indonesia is projected to become the seventh largest economy in 2030 and the fourth in 2050. Indonesia is a nation that is democratic, cultured and on the right track to be in the position of global prominence in near future. Indonesia is also the home of some of the world's most favorite tourist destinations. There is so much to share about Indonesia and my hope is that this publication will be useful for both Indonesian and non-Indonesian/ American readers. I wish Permias MSU and the editorial board of Jendela success in their every endeavour. Enjoy reading this premier edition of Jendela and I will look forward to the next edition. Rosmalawati Chalid


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Foreword Dr. Siddharth Chandra Director, Asian Studies Center Michigan State University

Dear Reader, Photo(s) courtesy of Communications and Brand Strategy.

Thank you for reading the PERMIAS (Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesia Seluruh Amerika Serikat, or Organization of Indonesian University Students in the United States of America) magazine. I have had the honor and pleasure of serving as the faculty advisor of PERMIAS at Michigan State University (MSU) for eight years. PERMIAS is a special organization. It provides a culturally familiar space for MSU’s Indonesian students who have traveled halfway around the globe to be here at MSU, immersed in a culture that is at once very different and familiar. Yes, depending on the time of the year, the time in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, is 12 or 13 hours ahead of the time in Michigan! As importantly, the student members of PERMIAS are committed to sharing the diverse cultures and stories of their homeland with the MSU community. To this end, and under the very capable leadership of the PERMIAS executive committee, PERMIAS organizes an annual Indonesian Cultural Night as well as a number of other cultural and social events on campus, welcoming members of the MSU community to share and partake of Indonesian culture (and food!) with them. Congratulations to Ryan, Kristina, Cindy, Sarah, Kezia, Wisnu, Martin, and Putra on an active and productive 2017-18, and to Wisnu Raja as president, Azrina, Nicole Olympia, William Tjen, Ratna Raja, David Simanjuntak, Andhika Adiantoro, and Fabian Dradeska on their election to the 2018-19 board. I hope that you will attend PERMIAS’s events to learn about and celebrate Indonesia and Indonesian culture. In addition to building bridges of international understanding, you will benefit by familiarizing yourself with the fourth largest country in the world in terms of population and one that is projected to become the fourth largest economy in the world by 2050. In the coming decades, expect to see and hear more about Indonesia in the news. And prepare yourself for this future and the opportunities for travel, cultural exchange and, possibly, a career by getting to know this rich, diverse, and welcoming land! Siddharth Chandra Jendela 1st Edition 2018



Editorial Board Advisor Ryan M. Khawarizmi Editor Ignatius Putra A. Public Relation Kristina Tio Photographer Andhika Adiantoro

It's finally here! It is a pleasure to finally introduce Jendela, an annual magazine by the Indonesian Student Association (PERMIAS) of Michigan State University (MSU). In our very first edition, Jendela will bring you on a short journey on how it is like to be an Indonesian student at, not only Michigan State University but also East Lansing as well as getting to know some of the Indonesian community in East Lansing. Articles about how to live in, fasting in East Lansing, events that PERMIAS have organized, to the MSU alumnus that already works professionally are presented in this edition. Although these articles might only show a glimpse of what Indonesian student are going through in East Lansing hopefully, you will learn some useful information from our articles. Finally, hope you enjoy!


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Graphic Designer Cindy Tisnohadi Contributor Ryan M. Khawarizmi India Kyra Ongko Kezia Suwintono Sarah Indah Martin Lardiwinata Wisnu Raja Astri Briliyanti Elin Aries Ira Suherman Zhoharotul Aenah Dodik Pranata Wijaya Vidi Rahman Aziz Special thanks to: Everyone who have helped, involved and contributed to our events!


Table of Content PERMIAS


Getting in Touch with PERMIAS MSU

Potluck What Do You Know About PERMIAS Potluck




Indonesia Cultural Night 2017

Feature Book Review: “Seputih Salju Michigan”


Interview: What Do You Know About Indonesia



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Dr. Ida Bagus Putera Parthama Dr. Kadek Hemawan

Info Life in East Lansing


Culture Raden Adjeng Kartini


Ramadhan Fasting in East Lansing? What Is It Like?


Cuisine Tasty and Easy to Make Indonesian Recipes


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This apes are original from Indonesia and Malaysia. Orangtua are known to be intelligent for being to use various tools for living. They are now endangered due to global warming and several human activities. However, many conservation efforts have been done to help counteract these causes | Photo by: Anthony Alvin

Danau Segara Anak

This crater lake, formed in the caldera of Mount Samalas during its eruption in 1257 CE, is located next to Mount Rinjani, Lombok Island, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. Its blue water resembles the blueness of sea water which is pictured in the meaning of its name as the “child of the sea� | Photo by: Anthony Alvin


What Do You Think About PERMIAS Potluck? Martin Lardiwinata Sophomore Student

Being away from home and dealing with an entirely different environment wasn’t easy for me. As an international student, especially from the other side of the world, I still remember how foreign everything and everyone seemed to me. Of course, having friends with the same upbringing as me would help me familiarize with the new surroundings as they have experienced the things I had yet to. That’s why I’m glad to have an opportunity to come to the potluck and meet with people from my hometown, which does not limit only to students, but also residents in the United States. Attending potlucks regularly always remind me of home. Potlucks are held monthly by the Indonesian Student Association of MSU for people around Lansing to gather, socialize and have a meal together. The number of people who attends the potluck varies around 30-50 people. Some of them cook their own food and bring it for other people to try and share. Among these includes undergraduates and graduate students, Indonesians who live in the Lansing area, and even foreigners who are curious about Indonesia. Having only one perspective is a bit dull don’t you think? That’s why I asked around to tell us what these potluck events meant to them!

William Tjen Freshman

William just came to East Lansing last year from Indonesia to study in the well-known business school that MSU has. Having to deal with the harsh experience abroad and not having to share his troubles, going to potluck soothes him because he can gather with familiar people and catch up with each other, while also getting tips from experienced peers. Also, His reminisces for Indonesian food, keeps him coming to potlucks mainly. I find it funny that he actually only missed one potluck so far just because of food.

Shashank Hiremath Senior


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Despite being a non-Indonesian, he already went to potluck 3 times. He said that Indonesian food is very different from Indian or American food. He says that it has a unique taste that he enjoys. Although he enjoys Indonesian food, his intention in coming isn’t for its food – unlike William, but thinks of potlucks as social gatherings where opportunities to meet new people and make friends are provided.


Yudha Pratomo M. Spouse

Unlike Americans who tend to be independent, Yuda said that Indonesians tend to require a community that they can lean on to. That is one reason why he thinks that having potlucks are pretty much-required events for the Indonesian Student Association in MSU to organize. Another unique aspect that he mentioned is that potluck, to him, means more than just gathering together. He believes that potluck is an opportunity to network which can be a considerable advantage for businessmen. Moreover, he mentions how different Indonesian and American culture is, thus why having someone from the same culture to accompany their journey abroad alleviates the culture shock.

Whisnu is an MSU graduate student and has been coming to our potlucks since 2014. For him, going to potlucks is his way to keep in touch with other Indonesian people and where they can share their struggles and support each other. He remembered his favorite potluck which was held 2 years ago where it was held outdoors. He said that everyone enjoyed the barbeque session and hopes to see much more of similar activities in the future. Whisnu Triwibowo Ph.D Student

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Event Indonesia Cultural Night 2017: Promoting Indonesia Traditional and Pop Culture India Ongko Sophomore

It is not unusual as an Indonesian student living far away from home, to miss home. Food, exotic travel sites, and atmosphere are only some of the things that we might miss. Therefore, having an event is a way to relieve some of our homesickness while promoting Indonesian culture to the East Lansing community.

Indonesian Cultural Night (ICN) is the biggest annual event to promote Indonesian culture, hosted by the Indonesian Student Association of Michigan State 5

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University. Held on November 17, 2018, starting from 6:30 pm at Erikson Hall Kiva 102 Michigan State University, this event involved both Indonesian students and families and was free. Visitors were able to enjoy different Indonesian traditional performances, such as dances, songs, and as well as Indonesian culinary. Yes, free food was provided in this event. We had several snacks, Javanese fried noodles with tempeh (a soybean protein source), Indonesian chicken stew and rendang. In this year ICN play, the theme was "Who presents Indonesia the most?". It started out with five youngsters from the five largest islands Indonesia; Sumatera, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, and Papua, arguing whether whos culture presents Indonesia the most. After each discussion, one or two performance representing one of these islands. After each youngster had their chance to represent their island's

culture, they reach a conclusion that all of them are a part of Indonesia as it is a very diverse city, one the message that the conceptors wanted to share with visitors. Audiences seemed to enjoy the show by some of them laughing at some event and having the chance to participate in some activities, such as playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" using angklungs or answering questions to win prizes.

Event Besides only being a showcase of traditional performance, a pinch of pop culture to attract and ease our way to younger visitors or who may not even know about Indonesian. Most of these pop culture information was slip into the trivia quiz that the show had. Yet starting with some "serious" topics such as some economic-related questions, the topic gradually developed into questions about a famous Indonesian startup, Indonesian rapper "Rich Chigga" or President Jokowi's Youtube channel. By presenting these pop cul-

ture information, the audience feels more excited to engage or probably can start to search more about Indonesia.

firmly rooted into its country's culture, but also exciting, fresh, and relatable to the common eye.

Again, ICN is an event to introduce Indonesian culture with the community around Michigan State University. This year was quite successful in presenting some of the major tribes of Indonesia while offering pop culture information that might be easier to be recognized and catch on. Hopefully, this idea of tweaking for the right balance can be explored to find an ICN that is not only

"We hope that more people can be evolved in the next Indonesian Cultural Night and by presenting a mixture of traditional and pop culture, we do not showcase the strong roots that Indonesia has but also provides up-to-date topics that even people absolutely new to Indonesia can still relate to"

India Ongko

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Feature Book Review: “Seputih Salju Michigan” As White as the Snow of Michigan Ryan Khawarizmi Master Student

Michigan State University has been the home for many Indonesians scholars since long time ago. Each person had unique stories and experiences during their time here. However, until now only Dion Ginanto, successfully wrote and preserved his memories at MSU with an entertaining narrative in the novel titled “Seputih Salju Michigan.” The book was launched in Indonesia on June 2017 in Indonesia and has been successful. also sells the book on their website. So the book has been a major achievement for him and the Indonesian community at MSU. JENDELA had the opportunity to talk to Dion and let him share his experience and thoughts. Hi Dion! Thank you for letting JENDELA interview you about this novel. Can you tell us about yourself? My name Dion Ginanto, I am a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Administration at 7

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Michigan State. I came originally from Jambi, Indonesia. I have been in East Lansing for about six years and currently live with my wife Ira Suherman and my son Zaheer Ginanto. During my masters years at MSU, I also serve as the President of PERMIAS MSU year 2013/2014. How did you come up with this book? A little background story. I always have the passion and interest in literature since young. During my Junior high school year, I was the province champion of poetry reading and writing 3 years in a row. The interest for poetry was consistent until my freshman college year in Jambi. Then, I became interested in more political and academic writing. I wrote articles and opinions for local and national newspapers. Seputih Salju Michigan is my second published book. My

first book was published in 2012 and talked about improving education in Indonesia with creative teaching methods. Next, I am intrigued to write fiction and connect again with my old interest in literature. Then, at the beginning of my master years at MSU, I wrote several short stories about studying here in the United States and share them on facebook. It turns out that a lot of my friends liked my stories and suggested that I should make a longer version of the story in the form of a novel. Afterward, I started to outline the book, and it just took off from there. After the outline, how long did it take to finish the novel? How was the whole process of producing this book? The book was finished by the end of 2013, and it took almost a year to finish it. The longer process was publishing.

Feature After finishing the novel, I was looking for several publishers in Indonesia, and I got an agreement with a publisher. However, later after a year of reviewing and editing, things did not go well, and I decided to pull out. Next, I re-sent my draft through many publishers again. Grasindo, one of the biggest publishers in Indonesia were interested, and in less than a week it got approved. From 2015-2016 I tried to re-edit the whole book. The publisher requested the book to be released during Ramadan; an Islamic holy month because religious genre novel tends to sell more during the occasion. Finally, on June 2017, the novel was officially published and also in coincides with my summer break in Indonesia. It was a long process from 2013 to 2017. There were some frustrations for me too. However, there is always a silver lining with what happened. Because it was released later at the time, I could actually come in person to promote my book in several bookstores in Jambi and public schools as well. Everything happens for a reason. Wow, it has been such a relief then that you finally published and sold your book!

Yes, I am really happy that the book is finally out! However, I am not satisfied yet. Currently, I am planning for the sequel to this novel.

Interesting! Before we get to that, How is the response by the readers so far? It has been excellent! I saw a lot of good responses in social media from my friends and others readers. In my hometown of Jambi, the book was sold out because it is really popular among students and young generation. I wished that the publisher would sell more into that area. But we will see! What’s the plan for the next novel? I would like to tell the continuation of Dzaki’s (the main protagonist) story in East Lansing about the struggle of being a student

and while building a family. I would like to explore more about religion and the topic of LGBT too. But it’s probably going to be released after my Ph.D. dissertation. What’s your tip for writing? Personally, I need to find the moment and inspiration. If the condition and mood are right, I can work tirelessly from night until dawn. However, during writer’s block, I could not write anything even if I tried hard. Inspiration comes suddenly, so when it comes, I write it right away or record that ideas ASAP, I could not afford to let it go. So, my message is don’t let the moment go away. Which part of the novel is your favorite? The moment when Wati needs to remove her hijab and sneak into a compound to save Dzaki that was kidnapped. With her circumstances, removing the hijab seems impossible, it's her identity and faith. Since it is the only option with a life-death situation, Wati did it anyways. However, after the tense moment was over, Wati did not end up being together with Dzaki. She was so disappointed and upset. She left and sacrificed all her identity for a man that did not love her. I wanted to show readers that when we help people if our intention is sincere, Jendela 1st Edition 2018


Feature then we should not expect anything from those people. In the end, our kindness and sincerity will return in the other form that we never thought. What message would you like to convey in “Seputih Salju Michigan”? There is more than one; This novel was not a really coherent story but more of the puzzle of Dzaki’s adventure and struggle in the USA. However, I explore topics about politics, American culture, and tolerance. I also wanted to show that how people with different religion and races can cooperate and work each other. This harmony in diversity message coincides with the


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current situation in Indonesia and globally that intolerance is growing. I would like to show peace in such heterogeneous community.

Finally, whatever our religion or our race we need to come together and cooperate, our differences do not define us.

What do you expect from readers of the book? Depends on which person that reads, for those who aspire to study abroad I hope they are inspired and motivated to look for scholarship and opportunities. I also hope that it can inspire people about keeping faith, integrity, and character in an environment which is not same as their own. Whatever the circumstances and difficulties, don’t give up quickly, don’t be frustrated, and don’t be easily satisfied with achievements you have.

Lastly, What do you want to say to PERMIAS MSU and JENDELA readers? Whatever you do, you need to create something impactful in many fields. It can be a book, research paper, art, craft, or even sports. Those products will be your legacy and a gift for yourself and vvcommunity around you. Also, buy my book when you have the chance!

Mount Rinjani

Is an active volcano located in Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. Mount Rinjani is famous for hiking and trekking paths. As you see in this picture, several of hikers have build there tent to enjoy the sunrise | Photo by: Teguh Amor Patria


This photo was taken during the dawn of foggy day from Borobudur Temple. You could see it’s stupas and the fog surrounding this temple in the early morning. Borobudur Temple is located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. It is was once considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World | Photo by: Teguh Amor Patria


What Do You Know About


Sarah Wenda Junior Student

Those are some of the answers I would get when asking some friends about Indonesia. Most people are not familiarized enough with the country I came from. Then things get a little confusing for them knowing that I am an Indonesian seeing my not so Asian looking feature. I feel like every time I am in a group and talking with other Indonesians student here at MSU; people would automatically turn their head on us. They must be curious about what language are we speaking and what connection that this Chinese-looking, Indian-looking, Thailand-looking even black-looking student are having. This is true because we the Indonesian student here at MSU are very diverse representing different ethnic groups in the country such as the Javanese, the Chinese Indonesian, the Indian Indonesia, the Middle Eastern Indonesian and the Papuan.


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Exposed to this ting almost every day, I used to get annoyed having to go from simple introduction to a lecture about Indonesia. Though, now I find it is cool! It is cool seeing people expression and curiosity about Indonesia when I mention about Bali to Raja Ampat and all the delicious spicy sambal we have. I realize more that Indonesia is full of great potential, we have some of the most beautiful rare creatures such as the Orang Utan, the Komodo Dragon, and Chendrawasih (The Bird of Paradise). And of course, it is a very diverse country just like the US! I feel like adopting the habit of lecturing everybody about Indonesia every time I have the chance to do so. However, there are just too many people in this big campus for me to meet. Thus I met some friends and asked them about what they already know and want to know more about Indo-

nesia. Some of them even come with suggestions to improve PERMIAS’s mission in promoting Indonesia. Rachel Welch

She is alumni graduated in 2006 and currently working for an organization called CRU here at MSU. While predominantly working with domestic students, she has big desired to know more about other countries. When asked to describe Indonesia, she mentioned it as a place with many islands, mountains, has warm weather and has more

Feature open land than the US. She also said that Indonesian are very friendly, Indonesian students, and they make very spicy food. As a suggestion, she would love to have the Indonesian student to have something like traditional dance lesson where everybody is welcome to learn and if possible perform it during the Indonesian Cultural Night or any upcoming events. Francine Barksdale

Festival which is a collaboration event from several countries in East Asia. Additionally, she would love to visit Indonesia where people can easily go everywhere riding a moped which made me laugh. Seeing pictures on the internet, she noticed many motors racing with cars in Indonesia. After couple exposure to Indonesian culture, she is interested into knowing more about the real issue in the nation such as politic, economic, health, and its tradition so that people can be aware of what is happening in another part of the globe. For her, it would be more challenging to have quizzes or jeopardy after such discussion, so people and possibly comes with prices as motivation. Chi Pan

This pre-nursing student had a huge smile when I asked about her knowledge about Indonesia. “I know it’s an Asian country, but I do not know how people look like. Some of you look different from Chinese or Korean.� She noticed the diversity in Indonesia from making friend with international students and coming to some event such as the Tea

Photo by: Anthony Alvin

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Feature ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). She has been attending Indonesian student associations’ even on campus and said to enjoyed it so much. This Indomie and Rendang lover really wants to visit Indonesia; she may will have the chance to meet celebrities from “Ganteng-Ganteng Serigala” one of the nation’s teenage soap opera. Related to her love for Indonesian food, Chi thinks that event like Potluck must be open more for the public where other non-Indonesians can come, enjoy, and know more about the delicious meal like Satay Ayam, Beef Rendang, and Nasi Padang. Tyler Holmes and Karissa Renberg

thrilled about what kind of food the Indonesian have. “Do people eat insects or other extreme food?” asked Karissa to me when we start talking about my home country. For Tyler, Indonesia is a fascinating country with series of volcanic islands which are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. He can even go on describing the exciting fact about the geographic location of the nation. They both want to know more about the culture, traditional cuisines and music and even curious about some of the challenges the Indonesian student face when moved to MSU and the US in general. Robert Coffey

Never been to any Indonesian event held on campus Tayler have his impression about Indonesia from his past geology classes. Meanwhile, Karissa is 13

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Q: What do you know about Indonesia? I know Indonesia is a largest Moslem country in the world, consists of thousands

of Islands. I purchased a book titled: Indonesia etc. (et cetera) by Elizabeth Pisani. She was a western Journalist that was stationed in Jakarta in the mid-90s and learned Bahasa, and later traveled around the Islands of Indonesia to experience firsthand about being Indonesian with local people. Through her eyes, I got a broader sense of the country, and it is hard not to be fascinated! I also learned from this book that Bahasa Indonesia is sort of a lingua franca, which is a trader’s language that connects the many local dialects that the many Island of Indonesia has, and later adopted as a nationwide language. Q: You have been to Indonesia several times, what was your first impression? Indonesia was the first country I visited when I got the job here at MSU. I think traffic would be my first impression. When I was in the car stopping at a red light, there would be a swarm of motorcycles filling every gap there is on the road, it’s sort of efficient. That kind of things, if it happens here in the States will cause car drivers to be really upset. However, my driver said that “It is okay! We all share the road; this is all a common space”. He had a different orientation about

Feature the traffic jam. I think I experienced how other people would experience when they arrive in the US and see things that are completely different from home. Everything is not always the same as at home. And that is one of the joys of travel! Q:I felt the same when I first arrived at MSU. Like I saw things that are different than it was back home. Yes, I think I kind of want that experience for everyone to have. You see the world with different eyes once you stepped out of what is familiar and you cannot go back from that. I came back from Indonesia feeling different from observing new things I saw. People in Indonesia were super kind, warm, and gracious. I wonder whether our people in the United States have been that embracing ? Maybe it’s not the common way here. Q: Any place and food that grabs your attention in Indonesia? A: I went to Bali, and I am very impressed by the temples and the mountains, I came during the mount eruption that would be a major issue if it was in the US. However, Bali people were so calm and laid back during the event, so I can still enjoy the nature there. I am vegetarian, and I love Gado-Gado (Indonesian Salad). I ordered that every

time during my visit. Q: What would you like to know more about Indonesia? I would like to have Indonesian students to be student leader here at MSU and share more about the Indonesian experience. Because when you look at the diversity and the challenges that you faced as a nation, it is almost the same with what the US is facing currently. I am pretty sure that the US can learn so much from Indonesia, and likewise. Q: Can you describe Indonesia in one sentence? A: Indonesia it’s not a country, it’s a world! It’s humbling to visit a place and realized how little you know. We can learn so much from Indonesians.

“Is it a country in Asia? Is it by: AnthonyIs Alvin the same withPhoto Malaysia? that close to Bali? I know it’s a beautiful place, but I cannot map it. I do not know, I have no clue. It has beautiful beaches.”

Bob Coffey will visit Indonesia in September 2018 for his student application outreach.

“Is it a country in Asia? Is it the same with Malaysia? Is that close to Bali? I know it’s a beautiful place, but I cannot map it. I do not know, I have no clue. It has beautiful beaches.” Sarah Wenda 2018

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Life after Michigan State University Ignatius Putra A. Master Student

Dr. Ida Bagus Putera Parthama

Director General of Sustainable Forest Management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia

When did you graduate and what department were you from? I finish my master’s program at 1990 and PhD at 1995. Both of them were at the Department of Forestry, School of Natural Resources. For my master’s, I studied trading aspects of forestry products. The title of my study was “The United States’ Demand for Indonesian Harwood Plywood” (Published in the Bulletion of Indonesian Economic Studies, Australian National University) and was done with Dr. Jeff R. Vincent who moved to Harvard in 1990. The focus of my PhD was 15

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on how to apply mathematical programming and growth and yield modeling for forest management. My dissertation title was “Quantitative Planning for Plantation Forest Management in Indonesia”. My committee consisted of Larry A. Leefars, Stevan B. Harsh, Karren Potter-Witter, and Carl W. Ramn. What were your other activites beside school while at MSU? For example PERMIAS or other student bodies (ex: from the department?) Unfortunately, I was not active in organizations during my time at East Lansing. Probally, once in a while, I would join PERMIAS meetings. Could you please tell us some of your memories that you still remember about you time at MSU? Of course, there were plenty of good and bad memories. One of the good ones was my second child was born at Sparrow Hospital. I met a lot of new friends. I miss the

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fall season in East Lansing. When I was sent for school abroad, I had to be frugal and find extra incomes. My scholarship was only $700 USD a month, while apartment rent was $350 USD. Therefore my wife had to work and I had to be a paper man (Thank goodnes, they still had printed newspaper back then!). Luckily, I had Indonesian friends that liked to invite us for meals. Even some of us were given new last names of Sumadiro (suka makan di rumah orang. Red: Likes to eat at other peoples’ houses). If I had some savings, I would rent a car from AVIS and travel to the Niagara fall, Washington, New York, Pitsburgh, Chicago, and other places. I brought a rice cooker and other types of food to save money. Once, I was so scared to be late to return the car I rented and be charged for extra because of it. So, I was speeded from Columbus to Michigan and received a speeding ticket -

Alumni (The only ticket I got after all these years in US). The penalty was three times the extra charge for returning the car lately. When I got to car in late, the employee f AVIS said, “I won’t extra charge you because I know that there was a traffic jam from the Rolling Stones concert.” If I knew that … what was the point of speeding ...? Are there many alumni gatherings? Not too many because we are all quite busy with our own work. However, this May 2018, we (MSU Alumni Association, Indonesian Chapter) are hosting an Asia Pacific reunion in Yogyakarta. In coincidents, I am now the President of the MSU Alumni Association, Indonesian Chapter. If there are any students that want join, you are invied. It’s on May 10-13th, 2018 at Melia Hotel, Yogyakarta. What are your activities these days and what are some of the important lessons that you learned while you were at MSU or what are some of the experiences that were useful for you when you are working?

Currently, I am the Director General of Sustainable Forest Management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry. My job is to make sure that our 69 million hectare of production forests are sustaibly managed (more than the half of Indonesians’ forest). There are more than more than 500 companies that are under us including thousand of processing industries. I am also the Chairman of APEC-EGILAT (APEC Expert Group on Illegal Logging and Trade). Before, I was the Senior Adviser to the Minister of Economics and International Trades. Forest is a subject with great international aspects related to it. Therefore, I was involved in many international (United Nations), regional (ASEAN, Asia Pacific) and bilateral (EU, Japan, Korea, Australia, etc.) negotiations. My experience going to school and living in the United States of course helped me in doing me in doing my jobs.

persevere, giva all your best, rewards will come to you later on. Always maintain your nasionalism. Right or wrong, Indonesia is our country. Gain as many experiences as you can, adopt the positive ones and spread that to your brothers and sisters back at Indonesia. For example, obedience to rules and laws, dicipline, and honesty. For whom who want to go to school at MSU, be prepared for cultural shocks. Do not underestimate the live rhytm of US students that is very demanding. When I was there, many thought that they would be able to finish their study casually and failed.

Are there any words for the students that are stil at MSU or planning to go to MSU? For everyone that are still studying at MSU, please be

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Alumni Standing on the Shoulders of Spartans “The thing about life is that you are walking blind and you have to keep walking; it might be up a mountain or down a cliff.” ~ Overheard in a college dorm room.

Everyone would like to know their future career and the path to it; especially once you have invested the time and money to attend college. While there is no crystal ball or magic to show us a successful path, there is something college students can do to get closer to creating a path for themselves.

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” ~ Isaac Newton.

Dr. Kadek Hemawan

Researcher at George Washington University

Success is relative to an individual and everyone looks up to people that they think to embody success. Listening and understanding the stories and lessons from the people you look up to or those people that were in the same position as you, would provide you with the insights for your own future. In an interview with Kadek Hamawan, describes his Spartan experience as an Indonesian student in East Lansing. After graduating high school in Singaraja, a small town in Bali. He attended Michigan State University in 1998 earning his Bachelors in electrical engineering in 2001. With the desire to major in a STEM field, his passion for electrical engineering started after taking physics, chemistry, and calculus courses during his Bachelors. In particular, a circuitry class which led him to major in electrical engineering. It took time and discovery to in narrow on a specific strength and building on it. He continued his education at Michigan State earning a Master’s in 2003 and a Ph.D. in 2010 both in electrical engineering. His extensive education in Michigan State displays the challenges, lessons, and experience in Michigan State and beyond. Some challenges he faced during his undergraduate was his proficiency in writing in English and the ability to express his opinions. In his process in adapting to the American college experience, he learned soft skills and improved on his challenges. Some of the most meaningful moments he had was making a lot of friends, Indonesians from PERMIAS, people from around the world, and Americans; friends that he still keeps in touch. His undergraduate experience prepared him to overcome his challenges for his graduate studies. As an international student, he didn’t find difficulties in finding internships since at the time his field of studies was in high demand. For his internship, he stayed close to East Lansing and he gained a lot of technical skills during his time at Michigan State. The resources, faculties, and educational method provided him practical skillsets, which he wouldn’t have received back in Indonesia. Something he would have done differently back in Michigan State would be to participate in more activities outside of the 17

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Alumni classrooms like seminars, science fair, and networking events. Nevertheless, he is very thankful for the connection he made during his time at Michigan State. He is currently a research scientist at George Washington University in the Washington DC metro area. His research projects are focused on the optimization of single crystal diamond synthesis for higher growth rate and higher quality by means of microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition. These carbon-based materials are utilized for various scientific and industrial applications ranging from energy, biomedical, semiconductor, electronics, mineral physics, earth and planetary science. He is very grateful for his educational training at Michigan state in getting him to where he is today, very happy to still contribute and extend his studies. He had always wanted to do science and engineering. At this point in his career, he did not think he would be doing something so specific in diamond research and martial science. Nonetheless, he is glade to the researching is cutting edge science and studies aligned with his college education. As a research scientist, he has published many academic studies, worked for many reputable institutions, and created a few patents for real life applications. His accomplishments and experience in Michigan State as made him a Spartan that the Indonesian student body can learn from, particularly, the engineering students. There are very few students majoring STEM fields, perhaps more Indonesian students could be inspired by Kadek Hamawan in perusing a STEM majors.

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Life in East Lansing: What to Do and How to Survive

Kezia Soeweno Senior Student

How to get in?

Where to live?

be an excellent first place to start looking for information. For future graduate students, checking your desired department's site might give you additional information about what might be required for admission. As a transfer international student, some of the documents I had to submit include, transcripts from the college I was in, prior to MSU, as well as a cover letter. For questions regarding the application process, the contact information for the Office of Admissions can be obtained from their website.

Admission Admission to MSU starts with carefully reading the application requirements. These requirements are provided on the Office of Admissions website, and it contains the required documents, whether you're applying as an International student, a transfer student, most of them will be provided on this website, and it will

Plenty of options are there for students at MSU to choose from. You can live either on campus or off campus. There are dorms in every neighborhood. You can also live in an apartment off campus, and there are lots of apartments near campus, such as The Gates, The Oaks, Cedar Village, 1855 Place, etc. However, some consideration should

Admission to a university in a foreign country can be a nerve-wracking time where piles of information might come a once. How to get admitted, where to get information, or even how to survive are some of the crucial questions that someone wants immediate answers about just to ease their mind. Through this article, we hope to help declutter some of the issues that just might pass through your mind!


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be taken when choosing where to live. How much does it cost, how far is from campus, is access to public transportation, food, and grocery stores easy enough are some of the questions that might want to ask yourself before choosing somewhere to live. Where to eat and get food supplies? There are so many places to eat, both on campus and off campus. There are dining halls all around campus, Spartys for snacks and quick meals, as well as the food court at the International Center, which has Panda Express, Subway and such. If you feel like eating off campus, a convenient option is to go to Grand River where there are plenty of restaurants, such as Charlie Kangs, Noodles, and Company, No Thai and such. There are also restaurants near the East neighborhood by Hagadorn. If you’re feeling a little lazy to go out,

Info you can always order food delivery from websites, such as GrubHub and Eatstreet. Some dorms also have a community kitchen so you can cook your own meal. You can get your groceries from CVS, Meijer, Kroger, Whole Food and such. How about public transportation? Is easy enough to get around town? Getting around is relatively easy because there’s the CATA bus. For students, a one-way bus ride costs $0.60. You can also get a bus pass (10-ride, 30-day and the semester bus pass) from the International center or Spartys (Brody/ Union). The CATA bus not only operates on campus but the number 1 bus, for instance, takes you to Meijer from Grand River. Walking is always an option, and you can also bike, drive or take Uber/ Lyft. Is studying and going to school the only things to do while at MSU? What are the other activities available for students? MSU has a lot of student organizations to offer, such as major-related clubs like the Biochemistry Club, organizations that focus on sharing a specific country’s culture like the Indonesian Student Association (PER-

MIAS), the Running club, etc. For a list of all the student organizations available at MSU, you can visit the Office of Admissions website. There are various gyms all around the MSU area. On-campus gyms include IM West and IM East, and off-campus gyms include Planet Fitness, Powerhouse Gym, etc. The closest mall is probably Meridian Mall, and there's also Eastwood Town Center. For a weekend trip, you can take the Michigan Flyer to go to different cities in Michigan, like Ann Arbor and Detroit (they have great restaurants) and also Greyhound/ Amtrak to go to Chicago. Or if you're more into hiking or taking walks on nature trails, there are places around campus that are suitable for that, for example, Fenner Nature Center or Rose Lake Wildlife Research Area that can easily be accessed using cars or Uber.

ask questions. Who knows that there might be people with the same experiences and know how to solve them, are from the same town in Indonesia, or students that are already in your desired department you could ask! Facebook: Indonesian Student Association Michigan State University - Permias MSU / @Permias.MSU Instagram: @permias.msu

One other resource that might help is by asking your country's student association at MSU. Asking someone with the same culture and language might be relieving in stressful times. For fellow Indonesian, there is the Indonesian Student Association of Michigan State University. Try to check out their Facebook page and Instagram account to reach them to

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Culture Kartini and The Question of

“What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?” Vidi Rahman Aziz Senior Student

One of the most interesting people that I know is R.A Kartini (April 21, 1879- September 17, 1904), a young ambitious and brilliant Javanese woman who contributed and shaped Indonesian history, especially in the early twentieth century through her relentless dedication to elevate the status of women in her society. Kartini was born into a high-class family in a town on the north coast of Java island. Despite the immense privilege that her family possessed, her time was hard and challenging. First and foremost, it was the time when women’s status was reduced to a fertile uterus and kitchen. The effects of Dutch colonization were deeply inhuman and evoked a sense of opposition in her spirit. Moreover, Kartini was deeply uneasy with the way the Javanese behaved. They were lazy and only depended on prayer and spirit offer21

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ings to improve their conditions of life. Perhaps, the most devastating thing that happened to her life was when she was around twelve years old, she had to be forcefully withdrawn from school by her family to obey her Javanese tradition. This time, girls of high nobility family, were excluded from society to prepare them for an early arranged marriage. These things made her heart broken. She turned to reading as an escape from her bleak reality and a way to stimulate her curiosity. Not only was she a voracious reader, but she’s also a prolific letter writer. Kartini wrote letters to unpack everything that she had observed in her internal and external life, mostly to her Dutch friends, in Dutch. After she died, her letters were posthumously compiled and published in a book titled “Door Duisternis tot Licht (Out of Dark Comes Light)” in 1911, and then later translated in En-

glish by Agnes Louise Symmers as “Letters of a Javanese Princess.”


There is one letter that was written to her friend, Mevrouw Abendanon Mandiri, in 1900, that has left a profound mark on my mind. The letter begins with a story of Kartini who asked her Dutch friend named Letsy to play with her at recess.

Culture Letsy, who at the time was reading a book, politely declined the invitation because she had to study the book in preparation for an exam. Letsy then told Kartini that if she failed, she’d not be a teacher. When Letsy curiously asked Kartini what she would like to be when she grew up, she said, “I don’t know.” Kartini stood in disbelief, unable to articulate her answer. It was a strange question for her because nobody had asked her this question before. And perhaps devastatingly, she lived in an age when her society did not believe that women were capable to think critically. This is not only the question that made Kartini uncomfortable. A century after she died, even when Indonesia has become more modernized than her time, some of us still think that this question is challenging. It’s a big question, undoubtedly, but at its core, it invites us to define our own dreams vividly. Defining our own dreams means refusing our parents, lovers, neighbors, and even politicians to shape them. Defining our own dreams means avoiding shallow work and embracing any future obstacles. This also means planting ourselves in the soil of optimism and solid work. Right after Kartini was asked

the question, she sprinted to her house haunted by Letsy’s question. When her brother frankly told her that she’d naturally be a Raden Ayu (a Javanese married woman of high rank), Kartini realized that her fate was already shaped by her society without her will. Being a Raden Ayu would mean that she had to marry, must belong to a man, without her consent.

only a teacher who taught them writing, reading, handiwork, cooking, and art, but also, she became their mother who taught them about love. James Baldwin, a Black American writer once said, “You’ve got to tell the world how to treat you. If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble.” Kartini died when she was twenty-five years old. For almost half of her life, she refused to let her world to define and dictate her dreams. She told her world how she and other women would like to be treated. She didn’t live in somebody else’s story. She made her own story, unflinchingly.

Though she eventually had to marry to a man that was chosen for her from her father, Kartini refused to live like most Javanese married women who were submissive and expressionless. The older she got, the more passionate she became with the issues of women’s rights. Eventually, she erected a small school for young girls with her sisters. She was not

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Ramadhan Fasting In East Lansing? What is it like? Dodik Pranata Wijaya LLM Student

In every ninth of the Islamic calendar, every Muslim will meet with their “Holy Month” Ramadhan. Every Muslim believes that Ramadhan is not only the best time of spiritual reflection, but also in increasing devotion, and worship. Fasting is compulsory for any healthy Muslims (both physically and mentally), Muslims who have already reached puberty, not in pregnancy and not traveling. The fast begins at dawn and ends at sunset, with the number of fasting hours varying by country depending on the period between sunrise and sunset which changes subject to latitude and longitude. So here is my experience I would like to share about Ramdhan in East Lansing, United States. For a start, of course, there are some differences between Ramdhan in East Lansing with Indonesia in general. First of all, the duration of fasting in East Lansing may differ according to the season while in Indonesia duration is relatively static all year long. Ramadhan may last up to 17 hours in the summer and 9 in the winter while in Indonesia it is usually 14 hours. From 323.1 million people in the United States, only 3.45 million meaning that only 1.1% is making up Muslims of all ages living in the United States. Hearing Adzan is not very common here. However, with the wide option of computer and phone applications out there, knowing when are the prayer times should be easier these days. Not to mention, the weather of Ramadhan is completely different from Indonesia that makes fasting a challenge. The summers are hot and may reach 33°C while in the winters may be as cold as -18°C. 23 Jendela 1st Edition 2018

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Ramadhan Although fasting may seem to be harder than Indonesia, there are always ways to feel the Ramadhan spirit. Muslim students are fortunate to find Asian, or even Halal (food that meets the requirements of the Muslim’s law) food at the International Bulk Store or Halal Meat & Store at affordable prices. If you thought you would miss out the crowd of Ramadhan or the feeling of togetherness with big family, there is an Indonesian Islamic Gathering Family of Michigan that is called Pengajian Michigan. It is held every month and is hosted in a different place every month. Especially during Ramadhan, the Pengajian is held twice. Pengajian Michigan is an Islamic activity which not only recites Al-Quran and shares knowledge about Islam but also strengthens the family bond among Indonesian Muslims while we were waiting for iftar. On the call of Magrib prayer, we pray Magrib together then break the fast with Indonesian cuisines. After having a meal, we continue with Isha and Tarawih prayer. Ied prayer is also a joy because it can be done at the East Lansing Islamic Center or the Lansing Convention Hall with other brothers and sisters that, of course, adds to the enjoyment of Ied Al-Fitr. Long story short, Ramadhan and fasting in a foreign country brings its own challenges. Although fasting in East Lansing is very manageable with the halal stores, Islamic activities, and society that it has. Insyallah, these challenges will be a meaningful experience and blessing for us all. Amien!

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Is an island located on the West of Sumatera Island. In this picture, is an indigenous tribe of Mentawai called the Mentawai People | Photo by: Anthony Alvin.


Tasty and Easy to Make Indonesian Recipes Astri Briliyanti Spouse

SELAT SOLO (Javanese Beefsteak) From Solo, Central Java for 2-3 servings

By: Elin Aries Spouse

Ingredients: • 250 gr (8.82 oz) beef tenderloin, thinly sliced against the grain. Marinade: • 3 tablespoons sweet soy sauce • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper Soup: • 1200 ml (5 cups) water • 1 small onion, finely sliced • 4 cloves shallots, finely sliced • 4 cloves garlic, finely sliced • 3 cloves, cut the tip to release the flavor • 1 short cinnamon stick • 1/2 whole nutmeg • 1 tablespoon palm sugar • 3 tablespoons sweet soy sauce • 1-2 teaspoon salt* • 1/2 teaspoon pepper grains, pestle (the amount can be reduced if you do not like spicy) Complementary • French fries • Boiled Eggs • Steamed vegetables (carrot, bean, broccoli) Directions: 1. Mix all the marinade ingredients and pour it over the meat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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(Refrigerate 24 hours in the lowest level of the fridge is more recommended). 2. Boil water in a pot. Add shallots, garlic, and onion. Cook for 5 minutes. 3. Add the beef and the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for 1 hour or until the beef absorbs the flavor of spices thoroughly and the water volume starts to decrease. 4. Serve it with french fries, boiled eggs, and steamed vegetables. 5. Enjoy! *The amount of salt used can be adjusted to your taste. If it is too salty, add a little amount of water or sweet soy sauce. The key is to not add too much salt at the beginning!

Cuisine DENDENG BALADO From West Sumatera for 10-15 servings

PRAWN SAMBAL (Sambal Udang) From West Java for 4 servings By: Zhoharotul Aenah Spouse

By: Ira Suherman Spouse

Ingredients A for beef • 2 pounds beef • 1 tablespoon coriander powder • 1 tablespoon garlic powder • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon ginger powder • 5 cups water. Ingredients B For Lado • Some Thai chilies, depending on your preference of spiciness • 1 pound of sweet pepper • 1 clove fresh garlic • 1 clove of fresh tomato • 9-10 clove of fresh shallots • oil for frying • salt and sugar to taste Directions: 1. Boil the beef with the spices (ingredients A) until tender around 1 to 2 hours. Take it out and cut into thin slice. Set aside. 2. Heat oil in a wok. Deep fry sliced beef until they turn darker. Take out, put them on a mortar and pound them one by one until flatten. Set aside. 3. Using a mortar and pestle or chopper, grind the sweet paper, Thai chilies, shallots, garlic, and tomato until they become coarse. No need to grind them into paste. 4. Sauté the chilies coarse in the leftover oil until cooked and add some sugar and salt to taste. 5. Mix well the sliced beef and chilies. 6. Pour the beef on a plate. It is ready to serve with a plate of warm rice.

Ingredients: • 3 tablespoons oil • 1/2 cups (118 ml) water • 600 grams (21 oz) prawns or shrimp, shelled and deveined • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp, mixed with 1/3 cup (78 ml) water and strained • 3 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste) • 1 teaspoon sugar (or to taste) Spice • • •

Paste: 12 red chilies 10 shallots, peeled 30 grams (1 oz) shrimp paste

Directions: 1. Pound the spice paste using a mortar and pestle or grind with a food processor. Set aside. 2. Heat up the cooking oil in a wok. Add the spice paste and stir-fry until aromatic. 3. Add water and tamarind juice. Bring it to a quick boil. Add the kaffir lime leaves, salt, and sugar. Add the prawn and continue to stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the water reduces a little bit. 4. Dish out and serve immediately.

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REUNITE WITH the SPARTAN FAMILY. Michigan State University has a longstanding history and tradition of international education, research, and outreach that spans more than 60 years. During this time, a vibrant and diverse community of students and scholars from around the world have enriched MSU through culture sharing and understanding, global partnership, and extraordinary knowledge. MSU’s international alumni are a conduit to the university’s continued engagement worldwide. The annual ENGAGE: International Alumni Reunion is an opportunity for Spartan alumni and friends to engage with the MSU and global communities, serving as a learning and leisure event around a common theme. ENGAGE was first hosted by the MSU Alumni Club of Indonesia in 2011 and has since traveled across the South and Southeast Asia region over the past seven years. On May 11-13, ENGAGE will return to Indonesia and be hosted by the MSU Alumni Club of Indonesia in Yogyakarta, a location that exhibits Indonesia’s cultural and educational influence throughout history. The reunion will celebrate the themes of agriculture, education, and capacity building, and showcase Spartans from around the world working in these areas.

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The reunion will celebrate the themes of agriculture, education, and capacity building, and showcase Spartans from around the world working in these areas. Special guests include Dr. Satish Udpa, MSU Executive Vice President for Administrative Services and University Distinguished Professor; Dr. Siddharth Chandra, Director of the MSU Asian Studies Center; Dr. Putera Parthama, Director General at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry; and Dr. Agus Pakpahan, Professor at the Center for Socioeconomic and Agricultural Policy Research. Register today at and save your seat at this year’s green and white celebration. The registration fee is $50.00 USD / ₚ650,000 IDR per person and includes the official reunion tee-shirt, dinner on Friday and Saturday, and all official reunion activities. For questions or assistance | Michael Cylkowski Photo credits |

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This is the first edition of PERMIAS MSU's magazine.