Her­itage mat­ters

The Jakarta Post - JPlus - - News - Endy M. Bayuni Ed­i­tor-in- Chief

“A peo­ple with­out the knowl­edge of their past, ori­gin and cul­ture is like a tree with no roots,” so wrote 20th cen­tury Ja­maican writer Mar­cus Mosiah Garvey Jr. Her­itage mat­ters, and cul­tural her­itage mat­ters even more for an emerg­ing na­tion like In­done­sia. In Au­gust this year, the coun­try marks its 72nd in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary. That’s a young age when com­pared to other big na­tions around the world. The many cul­tures and tra­di­tions of the di­verse peo­ple that make up In­done­sia are still merg­ing and con­verg­ing, but after more than seven decades, In­done­sia is now ready to take on the world to present and share its tra­di­tion and con­tem­po­rary cul­tures. With its ris­ing eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­na­tional pro­file, In­done­sia is also tak­ing its cul­tures and arts global. This spe­cial edi­tion of J+ presents a small glimpse of that rich cul­tural her­itage, past and present, some in their orig­i­nal form, others a fu­sion of past and con­tem­po­rary mod­ern In­done­sia. The edi­tion is pri­mar­ily, though not solely, put to­gether based on the re­cent In­done­sian cul­tural and arts ex­hi­bi­tion to the United King­dom that brought con­tem­po­rary riffs on Ja­vanese dances, batik, jazz fu­sion s with tra­di­tional Mi­nangk­abau in­stru­ments and de­li­cious recon­cep­tu­al­iza­tion so fM ana do cui­sine. We as­sem­bled a num­ber of In­done­sian writ­ers to pen their im­pres­sions on the frag­ments of the na­tional cul­ture. For the writ­ers and the pho­tog­ra­phers, this has been a spir­i­tual and cul­tural ex­plo­ration into the na­tion’s past, ori­gin and cul­ture, part of a na­tional col­lec­tive ef­fort to dis­cover our roots. And now they share the re­sults of their jour­ney through their writ­ings and images. J+ by The Jakarta Post has gone through some trans­for­ma­tions. Orig­i­nally con­ceived as Jplus, a weekly life­style and cul­tural tabloid, J+ has since be­come a reg­u­lar page in the news­pa­per and a ded­i­cated chan­nel on the­jakar­ta­post.com. We’re pleased to of­fer you the J+ edi­tion in its luxury for­mat: A glossy mag­a­zine-sized spe­cial edi­tion, fo­cused on one of our fa­vorite top­ics – the her­itage of In­done­sia. We hope you like this J+ edi­tion.

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