28 November 2019 – East Asia Division of Lembaga Bahasa Universitas Sanata Dharma (LBUSD) held their first project called East Asia Culture Class. This very first project was held in LBUSD area. The event was coordinated with 3 East Asia Divisions; Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin Language Center. The purpose of this event was to introduce the foreign culture especially from East Asia. Mas Ben, coordinator of the event, said that experience was the easiest way to introduce foreign culture to the society. There were several stands including food, traditional clothes, and photo shoot area.

This culture class was opened by Bu Ria as the head of LBUSD. A brief opening speech helped the participants to gain the big picture of this event. It was continued with experiencing the diversity by moving to the provided stands. The Korea stand provided traditional food Kimbap. The participants could try the steps on making traditional Korean kimbap. There were 2 natives Korean which also helped the participants to make kimbap.

Next to Korea stand, there was China stand which provided two traditional food from China called tang yuan and jiaozi. With the help of two natives from China, the participants tried to make these two traditional foods. Tang yuan made from flour and mixed with the water. It is also filled with a peanut inside the ball. It is almost the same with the ball in wedang ronde, an Indonesian traditional drink. The texture of the flour ball looks like a jelly. While jiaozi was made from flour also but filled with vegetable and meat. Then, jiaozi boiled in the pan. The taste was savory but not too salty. In Indonesia, jiaozi is called pangsit. They have exactly the same taste and shape.

Japanese stand located in the north side of China stand. There, participants could see the making of takoyaki and okonomiyaki, Japanese traditional foods. Rei, students from Japan who learned Bahasa Indonesia in LBUSD, helped the participants to make takoyaki. While Riku and Shohei, also students from Japan, helped the participants to make okonomiyaki. It was made from flour, corn, onion leaves, and cabbage which was mixed together and then grilled. Takoyaki has the similar ingredients with okonomiyaki. It was made from the mix of flour and onion leaves, without adding corn and cabbage. Takoyaki also shaped like a ball and filled with chopped octopus inside of it.

Inside the Realino auditorium, 4 students from Japan, Riku, Tama, Yui, and Hinako helped participants to wear traditional clothes from Korea, China, and Japan. They helped them very carefully because there are rules to wear the clothes. Such as in Yukata, Japanese traditional clothes, the left folds should be in front of the right folds. It is related to the culture that only people who have died wearing yukata with the right folds in front of the left folds. There were also several Korean traditional clothes called hanbok, and Chinese traditional clothes. Some teachers also helped participants to wear the clothes. It was such an amazing event since everybody could learn and experience the diverse of the culture. Let us hope that there will be another East Asian cultural class next year.

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