Indonesia: New curriculum boosts Sundanese studies

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Sun Jan 27 21:47:11 UTC 2008

Forwarded From edling at

The Jakarta Post

New curriculum boosts Sundanese studies

Learning the Sundanese language was once quite a frightening exercise
for both schoolchildren and their parents. Even Hawe Setiawan, who is
a secretary of the Sunda Study Center-Bandung and thus concerned daily
with this indigenous West Java language, found it hard to help his
second-grade child with Sundanese homework. "It caused a headache, as
present-day children were forced to memorize Sundanese terms like
seeng, boboko and aseupan for rice cooking utensils no longer used by
their mothers or most Sundanese housewives. Teaching them the local
tongue eventually meant detaching them from their contemporary world,"
said Hawe.

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