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A Little Bit of America in All of Us

Posted on: May 7, 2008

This article was published by The Jakarta Post on May 12, 2008. Read the article on The Jakarta Post, here.

Yes we hate America. We hate their stupid culture and we condemn their arrogance. George W. Bush is the worst American president and it’s so exciting that even most Americans think that way too. We curse at them when we see news on TV about Afghanistan and Iraq.

We feel offended when they call our Muslim brothers and sisters terrorists. Thus, some of us even praise Osama bin Laden for his notorious success in making America look like a fool.

We support every demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy and burning their flag is fine because it’s a representation of our solidarity to those who are oppressed and poor.

And we wish someday we could have a president like Sukarno again who bravely said to America, “Go to hell with your aid!”

But shamefully, the reality is we actually love America so badly. We have to admit this fact.

Of course we do, that’s why there’s McDonald’s on every corner in Jakarta. Of course we do, that’s why Starbucks is the coolest place to hang out for young Indonesians in Jakarta. And of course we do, that’s why more and more young Indonesians in small cities dress themselves like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Who doesn’t love American movies? At least I do. I love Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. I love Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. In my opinion, Hollywood movies are the greatest heritage of American pop culture.

Let’s face it, we can’t avoid America. Especially the young ones. Everywhere we go and everytime we breath we see America with all its products and values.

Some of us can’t live without a computer and internet connection. We worship Bill Gates for inventing softwares that enable us to live so much easier.

Some of us can’t live without an iPod, the small gadget created by Steve Jobs has become part of our daily lives. And we use it to listen to our favorite American singers like Mariah Carey and Usher.

It’s inevitably to avoid America, you may say you hate it but deep down inside you know you love it too. At least you know you love their inventions on technology.

Believe it or not, even Indonesians who love to perform demonstrations on the streets and sometimes protest against American policies actually watch CNN to grasp some of America’s freedom of speech.

Don’t feel guilty if you’re one of them, I suggest you to smile and laugh. Forget all those radical comments. This is 21st century and it’s not the World War II. Don’t be afraid of all the threats that the radicals make because even radicals love to eat KFC’s chickens.

It’s fine to have a little bit of America in you. It’s fine to have a little bit of France or Japan in you. You shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself as long as the Indonesian factor in your blood dominates your way of thinking.

Having a little bit of something else from other countries gives you a better perspective in looking at this world. It also gives you the ability to make great changes to your community.

I encourage every young Indonesian who currently lives in a foreign land to learn new things as many as possible. If you live in an advanced country then you have a better chance to teach our people on how other culture can progress.

Let those Americans laugh thinking that we want to be like them, but let’s keep it inside that someday we will laugh together with them.

The picture above was taken from here.

66 Responses to "A Little Bit of America in All of Us"

Yeeyy … Pertama … !!!

Iya juga sih …
Seperti benci tapi cinta … hehe😉

Ngga semua hal bisa diprotes …

America? I hate their negative view about Islam and Muslim, they generalize Muslim all over the world as cruel and mean as terrorists or irresponsible and coward parties who concede themselves as Muslim.

I watched a local TV program on Metro TV about East-West Connection, about Islam and America, I think there are still many Americans who still afraid with Islam and Muslim (despite the fact of many people right now who become curious and interest to learn more about Islam since 911 tragedy) but there are still a lot of people who think that old-bored opinion on Islam.

Don’t forget about America’s attitude about Palestina-Israel.

I hate America because they don’t have clear vision (or they do, but won’t admit it?) about Islam, Muslim and issues related to them.

The rest, I love America, including Mc Donalds, Hollywood movies, their music genres, Holywood actors and actresses, Justin, Timbaland, New York City, their language too and so much more😆

The real issue is, why do we love American food, movies and technology.
😀

Hidup Amerika!!!!

@gbm

in some points, i agree, but there are several things that i think your making it to general. for instance, i like starbucks because of their taste, is starbucks taste’s american? that means, american have their own flavor? i dont think so. starbucks is starbucks, american is…. just american. ipod is Steve Jobs, who happen to be a caucasian, but that doesnt make ipod american. it is the tools of the world.

about afganisthan and iraq

@gbm

in some points, i agree, but there are several things that i think your making it to general. for instance, i like starbucks because of their taste, is starbucks taste’s american? that means, american have their own flavor? i dont think so. starbucks is starbucks, american is…. just american. ipod is Steve Jobs, who happen to be a caucasian, but that doesnt make ipod american. it is the tools of the world.

about afganisthan and iraq, sincerely, i think that is not america, its George W. Bush. Its quite dissapointing that a well-advanced country is lead by a primitive like him. but, i say that’s politics. you never can figure them out.

my point is, you have to seperate issues between a race and a person who happen to be at the right time and place. its not because one’s statement or act, should we make a reference for….

*gasp* i’m taking this too seriously am i? hahahahaahaha… sori tas… sori…..

@yonna
like i said, let’s not generalate things here, yon….
you dont like islam being accused as the religion of terrorist because what osama bin laden had perform, right?

piss yo!!!!

aha, interesting topic, can’t help to give more comments:mrgreen:

i want to give my opinion on this:

“I encourage every young Indonesian who currently lives in a foreign land to learn new things as many as possible. If you live in an advanced country then you have a better chance to teach our people on how other culture can progress.”

Fully agree! But i want to ask you and other netters who live/stay abroad too. Before you tell us -the locals who always have a dream to go and stay abroad like me- that advanced culture above, what would you do before telling that, I ask you:

1. Could you distinguish which one is new, useful and positive advanced culture and vice versa?

2. Do you lay a filter device on your open-minded mind (furqan ability)?

Please answer precisely and wisely. My queries are not made to mock or laugh or judge anybody here moreover just proving I’m so jealous.

I’m wondering because many people who ever lived/stayed or are yet still living abroad, seem over-permissive with new culture they got and dump the original notion they have been learning when were still living in Indonesia and consider them as old-fashioned one. Then they began to judge us -the dreamer- as retarded people.

Not all done that, I appreciate and glad seeing my friends still humble and keep their same old culture they think it is positive and worth enough to believe. Okey, they’ve changed but they are still nice friends.

Thanks🙂

@Kang Mas Ary
I don’t blame Usamah bin Ladin, because I’m not sure does he really really really fully responsible for disasters done by terrorist.

As usual, I choose not to mention any name here, thank you🙂

@yonna
I understand that you do not want to point your finger to someone’s nose, but Usamah bin Laden had admit that he is the man behind the 9/11 scene. the press confrence was worldwide. so i guess i have the right to say, that he is a terrorist, eventhough perhaps he is not the only one.

i say he is responsible for the 9/11 disaster (its a singluar not a plural word) and other terrorist act that he admit.

you -of all people- surely know that, admitting something means that (the person who admit) are responsible for the act that he/ she perform. period.

Perhaps, from your point of view, (I’m not sure does he really really really fully responsible for disasters done by terrorist) what usamah had done are a reaction from something, but still, i say that does not gave him any rights to perform 9/11.

But, generally, i agree of not mentioning people’s name here. so from now on, i will not mention any.

thanks.

to yonna (again)

ummmm….

btw, i think my english are not as advance as yours. i seem not to understand what are you trying to say on May 7th, 2008 at 1:58 pm.

may i know it in Bahasa, please?

Haha, I have seen one picture of FPI members demonstrating against America but he wore Chuck-Taylor All Star.😆

It is all about westernization and modernization. Yes, I do praise those great American inventors, technologies and products for making our life better and easier. Some Indonesians might hate America, but they also want to be modernized and make better living. The point here is that, being modernized does not necessarily mean being westernized. I guess Americans’ mistake is that they think we will support them and want to be like them just because we consume their goods.

@yuki tobing
hahahaha… its true, its true…
related to that, i sincerely believes that often, most indonesian’s react of something they trully dont know. they fought well, but they doesnt know what the sole purposes of the fight they perform. some people in fact, fought for nothing in return to their favor. which from my point of view, silly.

we are so easy to be influenced, indicating the weakness of our knowledge and education. *sigh*

that’s why we should support tasa’s movement “JBRB” isnt it? =)

@Kang Mas Ary

my english? gramatically disaster maksut loh?! tapi grammar errornya udah advanced level alias parah banget ya hahahaha.

Aku terjemahin poin yang ini:

“Fully agree! But i want to ask you and other netters who live/stay abroad too. Before you tell us -the locals who always have a dream to go and stay abroad like me- that advanced culture above, what would you do before telling that, I ask you:

1. Could you distinguish which one is new, useful and positive advanced culture and vice versa?

2. Do you lay a filter device on your open-minded mind (furqan ability)?

Please answer precisely and wisely. My queries are not made to mock or laugh or judge anybody here moreover just proving I’m so jealous.

I’m wondering because many people who ever lived/stayed or are yet still living abroad, seem over-permissive with new culture they got and dump the original notion they have been learning when were still living in Indonesia and consider them as old-fashioned one. Then they began to judge us -the dreamer- as retarded people.

Not all done that, I appreciate and glad seeing my friends still humble and keep their same old culture they think it is positive and worth enough to believe. Okey, they’ve changed but they are still nice friends.”

Terjemahan bebas:

Saya menanggapi omongan Tasa yang ini “I encourage every young Indonesian who currently lives in a foreign land to learn new things as many as possible. If you live in an advanced country then you have a better chance to teach our people on how other culture can progress.”

Tasa bilang -menurut pemahaman gue- mendukung anak muda Indonesia yang tinggal di LN untuk mengajarkan hal baru, budaya maju dan bagaimana budaya lain bisa maju sebanyak mungkin kepada orang Indonesia yang tinggal di Indonesia.

Trus gue jadi inget kalo hal positif di atas suka diartikan sebagai kesempatan buat snob dan bener2 menganggap kita ini bodoh aja. Alih-alih berbagi malah belagu. Namun saya gak menggeneralisir semuanya sejelek itu, toh temen2 saya baek dan santai aja, saya sering dapat cerita baru dan menarik dari temen2 yang mengalaminya, sampe minta foto pemandangan segala hehe.

Trus apakah mereka sudah mampu memilah mana budaya maju yang positif dan bermanfaat dan mana yang cuma hal negatif, secara mereka yang tinggal di LN pasti lebih open-minded, nah sejauh mana mereka mampu memilahnya, kadang semuanya diterima tanpa dipahami dan difilter terlebih dahulu. Kalo gitu adanya, yang ada elu cuma nyebarin hal negatif akhirnya. Kira-kira gitu terjemahan denotatif nya, terima kasih🙂

*twink-twink*

*masih ga ngerti penjelasannya*

hwuahahahahhahahhahahahahahah

ya udah deh… pokoknya gitu yah…. =P

ya udah ya udah………

*ga tau nih otak lagi ga kompak ma niat*

maap ya yonn… maap….. *menundukkan muka*

Yes we hate America. We hate their stupid culture and we condemn their arrogance

Tasa, nice opening dude !!

hihihihi..
your article reminds me of Rammstein’s song. a German group sang a very famous song (mix in english and german) in 2004-until now we still sing it as a satire expression to the situation you wrote above….

We’re all living in America,
Amerika is wunderbar.
We’re all living in America,
Amerika, Amerika.

with very hilarious video..

wana smile? watch:

nicely written post. both sides of the arguments are well supported…🙂

“Who doesn’t love American movies? At least I do. I love Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. I love Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. In my opinion, Hollywood movies are the greatest heritage of American pop culture.”

It’s Ronald Reagan’s fault, you know. He was the one who urged American movie industry to spread the American culture throughout the world through the movies😀

And uhm … you like Mariah Carey?? tsk tsk … cannot imagine you singing along to one of her songs.

Wait, I can actually. Mwekeke.

Hi Tasa, I hope third time’s the charm

Nice article, well written, inspired me to do mine (titled My feelings towards America)

We have somewhat different point of view, but similarly well-meaning. So I guess that is an accord on something.

I have a link to your article in the post, and being good mannered that I am today, I wish to let you know.

ps: I tried to reply to areta in the discussion in Fitna, but after endless typing, I posted it but it didn’t appear. Basically, I am not running away from the discussion but simply cannot post my reply. Areta if you are here, if you would like, we could continue the discussion in my blog, in the guestbook. I have made that for anyone who wishes to have a discussion. But if you prefer to stop and just accept that we have different opinions on things, that is ok too.

Have a nice weekend all!

I think we still have a ways to go before we are able to stop overgeneralizing anything, perhaps it’s human nature to do so?

America is more than just its politics. There are layers upon layers of humanity intertwined within the general America we are so ready to condemn due to negative media exposure based on the actions/whims of individuals, a certain group, a movie, etc.

There’s the America of a Mr/Mrs. Smith who lives in Massachussetts who are now struggling, like you and I, to put food on the table. Through this experience they have learned, and avowed, to be more giving once they are back on their feet.

There’s the America who brought together women of different cultures to sit and talk about commonalities they all share, in the midst of striking differences that have been hijacked by extremists using it to wage war against their perceived enemy.

There’s the America of two girls who were moved by Hurricane Katrina and started their own foundation to help other children suffering from the aftermath of the storm.

Again, America is more than just Ipods, McDonalds, Starbucks. They, to me, do not, and cannot, define America, despite them synonymous with “America” due to globalization. To think in these terms, is to think like the government officials who banned French Fries, French wine, or French any thing because it came from France. or they thought they were from France.

To consume, to use, to like things made or promoted by American companies does not mean we want to be American, nor does it make us American. Being an American, or even Indonesian, is more than just using or consuming products. It is also more than just having a piece of paper that officially denotes our nationality/citizenship.

Until we realize that, we will then never make progress as we wil always be stuck in the “ehh loe sok bule ah….sok orang Indo ah…” mode that will only impede our development as we push ourselves, and other people, into the identity quandary many of us fall into. And it is this predicament that propels us to become susceptible to influences that deter us from a productive path as we’re always trying to prove ourselves, trying to fit in somewhere, as we have become uncomfortable with who we are, what we like, and even how we feel.

Mbak Yonna, kalo dari yg saya lihat dan amati, banyak dari kita, terutama anak2 muda, mengalami culture shock pas datang kesini, apalagi kalo datang kesini sudah lumayan berumur. Bahkan anak2 Indonesia yg lahir dan/atau besar disinipun juga mengalami culture shock dimana mereka berusaha untuk mengimbangi budaya baru mereka dengan budaya lama keluarga.
Nah faktor yg bisa membuat transisi baek kepada budaya baru adalah support group yg kuat yg terdiri dari keluarga, terutama, dan teman2. Hanya identitas yg kuatlah yg bisa mengatasi culture shock ini, dan untuk banyak orang untuk mendirikan identitas yg kuat adalah suatu hal yg susah dan perlu waktu lama.
Pergaulan sini banyak sekali goda2an yg sangat menarik bagi pendatang2 baru, terutama karena ortu jauh dst. Sama juga seperti anak2 Amrik sini yg masuk kuliah tanpa ortu karena tinggal di dormitory sendiri. Untuk mereka berhasil lulus dengan baek, mereka perlu dukungan yg kuat supaya identitas mereka tetap utuh dan mereka tak gampang terpengaruh oleh goda2an yg ada.
Dan justru kita bisa sukses di budaya baru kalo kita juga “embrace” kebaekan2 dari budaya baru kita ini supaya kita bisa berfungsi di lingkungan baru. Kalo kita tetap bersikeras gak mau mengenal budaya baru karnea ketakutan yg berlebih2an maka kita malah mempersulit diri sendiri dan juga tak akan maju2.
Makanya para anak2 kita yg telah lahir dan/atau besar disini lagi usaha untuk membimbing para adik2 mereka supaya mereka tak jatuh banyak2 seperti mereka, dan supaya ortu2 mengerti bagaimana membesarkan anak2 di sini. Karena tak sama, ada caranya sendiri, dan butuh kesabaran dan keteguhan yg banyak.

Izmi: Setuju.

Yunir: Maybe you can answer that question bro🙂

bukangukguk: Hidup juga!

ary: To say Starbucks is not American flavor is like saying nasi pecel is not Indonesian flavor. Of course coffee was not invented in America, but the concept of Starbucks was invented in America. And as a marketing person I know for sure that people don’t buy Starbucks just because it tastes nice. The whole concept is made in America.

Yes Steve Jobs is a White person, a White person living in America. Do you think he would’ve still created iPod if he wasn’t American? I don’t think so.

Yuki: That’s a good point bro. You have raised a very important issue.

Yonna: Kalau menjadi belagu dan sok Amerika jelas salah dan tidak sesuai dengan anjuran saya. Sebelumnya saya menyebutkan di dalam artikel bahwa selama kita memiliki “Indonesia Factor” yang mendominasi pikiran kita maka itu tidak apa-apa.

Harriansyah: Thanks bro.

M: I never thought you like that kind of song. Hehe. You rock!

Toshihiko: Terima kasih.

Therry: Me singing Mariah’s song? Whahaha.

rimafauzi: Thanks for the support. I encourage you to try to put another comment on my article “Fitna” since you’ve been having a nice discussion with Areta.

ns: Thanks for your nice comment, like always. I agree America is more than those things, but those simple things are probably the closest American influence that people in Indonesia can feel. We’re making BBQ pretty soon, hope you can come. I’ll let you know🙂

@NS
makasih ma penjelasannya. sebaiknya tiap anak Indonesia yang merantau ke Luar Negeri tetep menjaga dirinya baik-baik. karena di pergaulan, suka ada yang berubah jadi sombong dan nganggep kita-kita yang masih di Indo itu sebagai orang yang gak gaul, kuno, gak up to date, dll yang jelaslah bikin gak nyaman dan siapa sih yang mau bergaul ma orang kaya gitu?! Mungkin iya juga kita ini gak se-gaul dia, dll tapi kalo kitanya gak belagu ma dia kenapa dia gituin kita? Just thought, saya suka emosi ma unfairness thing, padahal hidup ini emang berisi hal-hal unfair dan disitulah saya harus lebih sabar menghadapi ketidak fairan tsb.

Thanks for giving nice reply to me, your words such a music to my ear🙂

@Tasa
curhat kok, curhat, sumpe deh. I got the point. Kalo aja Amerika tidak membenci dan memerangi Islam dan Muslim, my love will be completely 100%. Kita butuh Amerika, kita butuh produknya, kita butuh teknologinya, meski cuma bisa ngomel melihat kesombongan mereka, tapi kita gak bisa apa-apa tanpa mereka. sungguh memalukan emang. makanya saya gak mau bilang anti amerika, cuma sebel ma beberapa kelakuan mereka. I hope you get my real point too, thanks🙂

@ARY
i haven’t answer your previous reply, sorrryyyy:

“i say he is responsible for the 9/11 disaster (its a singluar not a plural word) and other terrorist act that he admit.”

OK he admitted it, but i still doubt about the real truth. sigh, don’t know which one is, Usamah or not, I disagree crime against humanity for whatsoever reason🙂

sekali lagi hidup PakDhe Sam!!!!
ga bisa ngebayangin dunia tanpa UncleSam, pasti garingk…..

Philem2 Hollywood jadi senjata makan tuan,,,…. propaganda tiada ampunnnnn….
fiuuuuhhhh,,,, coba smua philem kayak HomeAlone……

mas Tasa, tolong mbak Yonna di kipasi….
dah keluar asap tu di kepala beliau,,

biar adil, gimana kalo mbak Yonna diajak mampir ke kotanya mas Tasa yang sekarang…..
pis.

udah lama gak mampir.. hehehe…

kak rima, ditunggu2 ternyata gak bisa reply toh… tar eike cek lagi deh..

kak tasa, ini gara2 globalisasi… akhirnya orang2 dari negara mana pun akan punya sedikit partikel dari negara2 lain dalam dirinya. seperti kata kak rasa, yang penting identitasnya sendiri gak ilang ajah!

Tasa my dear, I’m soo very happy for you. This article is superb, another published. Also I appreciate your support in our “perjuangan” to create a multicultural Indonesia. Without Tasa, the world is such a quiet and boring place to be. I thank God for having Tasa in our lives.🙂

@bukan guk guk
emangnya saya arang apa? hohohoh. justru saya girang banget jalan-jalan ke Amrik, tapi maunya sih NYC, kalo DC kata mereka2 yang pernah ke sana gak gitu seru, malah cenderung kaku, mau seru-seruan itu ke NYC hehe

@tasa
selamet ya dimas, you already born as an op-ed writer🙂

wait…..op-ed writer? do you treat your thesis as an op-ed writing too?:mrgreen:

salam for all.
hi how are mr tasa. you seem to be more creative and expressive day by day as well as productive in producing article which is provocative to think. well done!!
i basically agree with what you have expressed in this posting.
as Indonesian, i like using internet which is come from the west, in particular America. but, in the same time, some of us (Indonesian people) condemn America for their foreign policy which is aggressive to other country. it is just like they want to monopolize the world.
opsss…but any way, i like this writing.
this comment is still comma..because my friend want to use my computer.
to be continue.
ahmad

sooooooo… if we like america for whatever reasons, why are we still targeting americans who live or on vacation in indonesia, especially jakarta? i can’t take my children who are half indonesian half american visiting jakarta because i have to worry whether the airport or the mall is going to have yet another bomb threat or not. or kidnapped.
will the hatred go away? i know it’s a hard question to answer.
can’t get the american government, then target the civillian?
we are pathetically brain-washed.

Yonna: Ok deh yang curhat. Hehe. I do understand what you feel.

bukangukguk: Ide yang bagus tuh.

Areta: Iya benar sekali, namanya juga era globalisasi yah. Gak mungkin kalau tidak dipengaruhi oleh budaya-budaya lain, yang penting kita tidak lupa dari mana kita berasal.

Jen: That’s a huge compliment, and you know how much I appreciate your support. I thank you back for having you in my life. Thanks Mba!

ahmad: Thanks bro. I’ll be waiting for your continued comment.

dinysays: Indonesia isn’t that bad. Trust me. I used to take my half-British niece to the mall and no one tried to kidnap her. They actually loved her and tried to kiss her. Hehe.

Personally I don’t hate American. I hate it when they start acting like the world police and getting involved in other countries’ issues for their own benefits (read: money). Wondering why they haven’t said anything about Tibet and why haven’t done anything to Burmese government. Yet it’s Iraq and Iraq and wait, is it time to turn to Iran now?

Upps sorry. Should be personally I don’t hate America.

When we discuss about America, I think we have to make it clear that there’s a big difference between “country’s political view” and “people’s relationship”. Lot’s of muslims, especially in a country like Indonesia and some mid-east, hate America because of their unbalance political view. I hate almost every American president who did everything against international rules only to claim their superiority in controlling the world, no matter whether they right or wrong.

About american people and its relationship with us, off course we cannot blame them just because of their government’s act. I like Starbuck, I use microsoft, I watch hollywood’s movie, etc. I have some american’s pals, and we have a good relationship although I hate their country’s government. Is it a problem? I dont think so

salam for all
yes, I think america is worsen by bush’s action which is arrogant to other country, or even controlling them.
I have a question why american government often looks so tempted to dominate other country like Iraq or support Israel to destroy Palestina country. I know that the discourse of democracy come from America, but why american government destroyed the spirit of democray with their aggression to other country. No wonder, people said that american government has a double standar in this issue. So I just hope that the next american president will make american face and policy more friendlier and human to the world. I don’t hate american people but I strongly disagree with their policy which is exploiting other country

Mbak Yonna, aku ikut donk ke NYC-nya….

Kata bapakku:
“Indonesia bisa aja jd kayak Amrik, tungguin aj waktunya kita baru 63 taon merdeka,, lha Amerika kan uda ratusan taon…”

@bang Ahmad
Setuju bang, PakDhe Sam tu kayak nelen ludah sendiri…

Buat Bung bukangukguk, ya itulah fenomena yang bisa kita saksikan. Saya yakin deh, jika indonesia menghayati makna budaya positif dan kemudian mempraktekannya sebagai pilihan hidup (lifestyle), maka Indonesia akan maju bahkan lebih maju dari negara maju seperti amerika.
saya pikir, JBRB adalah bagian dari upaya menyebarkan ide-ide tentang peradaban yang positif. perlu dukungan dari semua elemen, sesuai kapasitas masing-masing.
siapa tahu, Indonesia, seperti yang disebutkan bung tasa, bisa tertawa bareng-bareng dalam keakraban dan bingkai kegemilangan yang berbasis kemanusiaan.
let us start from a little thing, from ourselves..bravo..
ahmad

@bukangukguk
wahahaha kalo nunggu Indonesia berusia 100 taun lagi, saya ragu masih hidup untuk menikmati Indonesia Baru😆

btw, Amerika juga butuh kita lho. Mereka butuh bangsa yang lemah dan dapat dibuat tergantung, imperialisme masih berlanjut namun di bidang ekonomi, sosial, budaya.

they already born as colonist and will be always that way, unless we raise up or until end of the world:mrgreen:

Congratulations!

Your blog just got into my favorite’s list (penting ya?)🙂. I read your article in Today’s Jakarta Post: “The Burden for Young Indonesians”. But I didn’t find what I was looking for. A way to take that burden off our backs and the generations to come. I know there is one, but how can I explain it to my wary peers? I just live each day with minor efforts to find that solution, and today I just happenned to stumble upon your lively words…making me even more adamant in search for that answer… Which is quite frustrating sometimes…keeping up a level of optimism and a Pancasila-istic way of living… is like trying to stay afloat when everyone else down below are tugging at your legs…

I have a dream. I haven’t done much about it. But fellow Indonesians like you are definitely the ones I would like to associate with. To become a reminder of our ‘mission’ and ‘vision’ in reviving a ‘new and improved’ Indonesia. ‘A’ Indonesia that regains its dignity, its pride, its modesty, its familiarity and togetherness.

In 1908, it started with young intellectuals. In 1998, senior intellectuals guided its younger counterparts into the ‘reformasi’. Now, I guess its up to us to start listening to the prophets that reign our hearts, our ‘hati nurani’. Let this generation become one that is optimistic, brave and able to speak up. Let this generation become one with great minds that have faith in great dreams, and reach out to their dreams no matter how narrow the chances are.

Yes, I am a dreamer. I confess, I have not done much yet. But indeed, I am trying at least to call out to you, my brothers and sisters… That there are a lot of people like me, who wish for the same thing too…but don’t know what the heck to do (yet). Can anyone please explain a practical way to begin this mission? For all I know is, we have the same dreams, but why is it so hard to run into each other like this…?

-Indonesian Woman with an Indonesian Dream- <–pembenaran betapa muluknya tulisan gue di atas… lol!

salam again.
i know that Indonesia has a big debt / loan to IMF. so this situation is very potential to trap Indonesia into ‘cage’ of dependence on the lender. Indonesia will always be weak enough as long as it can not pay back this debt to IMF. badly, this burden is worsened by the huge practice of corruption even in every corner of this nation.
you know, more and more people in the street depend their life on the mercy of passengers. they used to live such that way. begging become their habit.
in the level of government, many people are dependent on instant income. because of this, corruption is so widespread.
in this situation, Indonesia is very weak and tame country. as Indonesian, i want my country to be strong and try to stand tall without bending. “berdikari” should be the principle of our life, our way of life.
well, let us break the chain of dependence mentality, or even slave mentality.
bravo for all.
ahmad. saudi arabia

@mbak Yonna
he he he itu juga kelakar bapakku nanggepin cibiran ibuku sepanjang mereka b’dua nonton berita sore…

Ayo Semangat!!! Indonesia Bangkittttt……

@bukangukguk
kelakar yang benar adanya, dan merupakan joke favorit saya:mrgreen:

@harigelita
“Can anyone please explain a practical way to begin this mission?”

saya ikut jawab ya🙂
salah satunya adalah gak usah mewarnai rambut kita dengan warna warni blonde, brunette, kecuali kalo emang dari lahirnya warna rambut kita gitu atau emang nutupin uban, tapi orang muda belum ada masalah ma uban so selama hitam masih menjadi warna asli jangan diubah deh.

tidak mengubah warna asli rambut adalah practical way to begin this mission, kenapa? saya balik bertanya “kenapa harus mengubah warna rambut kita?” biar gaya, tambah keren atau mau tampil beda? kalo sih meliatnya, perubahan warna rambut karena tanpa disadari kita lebih menyukai warna rambut orang bule daripada warna rambut asia kita.

next…..

ya ambruk, salah lagi, ralat ya🙂

tidak mengubah warna asli rambut adalah practical way to begin this mission, kenapa? saya balik bertanya “kenapa harus mengubah warna rambut kita?” biar gaya, tambah keren atau mau tampil beda? kalo saya sih meliatnya, tanpa disadari kita lebih menyukai warna rambut orang bule daripada warna rambut asia kita.

Mbak Yonna, Rasanya tak bisa segitu gampang menilai seseorang lewat misal cat rambutnya. Kalo orang Amrik ngecat rambutnya hitam padahal warna aslinya blonde bagaimana?

Merubah warna rambut, menurut saya, bisa aja suatu cara experimenting bagi sang anak muda itu atau sang ibu yg rambutnya dah banyak ubannya.

Apa orang yg tak pernah ngecat rambutnya itu berarti orang itu lebih bangga ama identitasnya daripada orang yg ngecat rambutnya warna-warni?

For me, pikiran seperti ini yg kita harus merubah. Kita terlalu dependent ama lapisan luar maka kepribadian dalam suka di lupakan dan makanya banyak dari kita mengalami kegoyangan terhadap identitas kita. Terlalu di tuntut “gak bisa begini nanti kamu begitu” membuat orang malah jadi lebih ingin rebel dan menjauhi keadaannya dan berusaha mencari sesuatu/seseorang yg lebih bisa menerimanya, apa adanya dengan segala keinginannya untuk ngecat rambutnya ungu, biru, merah.

Blonde hair, brown hair, black hair, white hair, to me does not make anyone less or more of an Indonesian or American.

Dan juga apa itu rambut Asia kita. Anak saya yg lahir dari dua orang tua Asia (100% Indonesian lol), rambutnya malah kadang coklat muda. Kadang aku sendiri kalo datang coklat mudanya suka bingung, loh darimana datangnya tuh warna. Rambut kita mah hitam hitaaam sekali!! lol

Jadi kalo Asian hair bisa aja gak seratus persen hitam setiap saat, maka kenapa kita kudu menjadikan warna rambut kita hitam?

Saya pernah gak suka ama contact lensa berwarna, kayak ngapain gitu orang makenya kalo mata asli gak biru/ijo/ungu. Tetapi lama2 mikir, yah “to each his own” karena bukan berarti dia gak suka ama warna asli atau gak bangga ama latar belakang, tapi mungkin aja pengen coba. Trus lama2 mikir, apa wajah aku yah kalo mata ku biru…tapi gak jadi karena dah kebiasaan ama warna coklat gelap ini lol

Harigelita,

The most practical way is what you, and all of us, are doing now. Speaking up, albeit in blog form. But look at Tasa. He started with one blog, and that has led to several more, which led to published articles on the Jakarta Post, which led to the establishment of the organization (or this came first, not sure lol), and that led to a informal gathering at a friend’s place which now has led to a more formalized event at the Indonesian Embassy. (kalo salah di koreksi yah Tasa😀 ini hanya my simple observation saja hehe)

It all started because of one person, but the whole movement began because of an idea, of a hope. And through the combination of the idea and the person, ripples were formed that effected change wherever it spread out, however small or big those changes may be.

I fully believe in the power of the written word, so I highly recommend that if you want to make practical changes then get those fingers a crackin and start typin away. I read a lot of passion in your post, and I know that if you focus that passion into something, many more ripples will form and many more changes will happen. You might not see it at first, but it will happen.

Salam kenal

Nadia

@NS
hai Nadia🙂

mungkin Nadia kurang jelas ma reply saya sebelumnya, saya mengkritik anak muda yang mengecat rambutnya karena merasa tidak pe-de dengan rambut hitamnya. kritik ini tidak termasuk untuk orang tua yang menutup uban atau orang yang dari lahirnya berambut coklat misalnya. Please read carefully, saya bukan tipe orang yang mengkritik tanpa memahami terlebih dahulu masalahnya apa, at least I’m trying not to give baseless critic🙂

Kalo ada orang amerika yang mengecat rambutnya jadi hitam…jelas itu bukan target pembahasan saya kok, saya hanya mengkritik anak muda Indonesia yang dari lahir sudah berambut hitam namun kemudian dia mengubah warnanya tersebut karena merasa gak pede, merasa gak gaul, dll. Kecuali kalau dia selebriti saya gak bisa menilai dia salah, karena pekerjaannya yang menuntut demikian.

FYI, saya gak pernah mengubah warna asli saya lho, gak omdo doang emang saya membuktikan, cuma pernah ngecat pake henna, kirain warna henna-nya hitam eh taunya coklat, accidentally brunette hahaha, tapi abis itu gak pernah lagi kapok takut salah warna lagi hahahha.

Thanks for replying🙂

deuh ketinggalan lageh😆

@Nadia
saya memahami kalimat Nad yang ini:

“Kita terlalu dependent ama lapisan luar maka kepribadian dalam suka di lupakan dan makanya banyak dari kita mengalami kegoyangan terhadap identitas kita. Terlalu di tuntut “gak bisa begini nanti kamu begitu” membuat orang malah jadi lebih ingin rebel dan menjauhi keadaannya dan berusaha mencari sesuatu/seseorang yg lebih bisa menerimanya, apa adanya dengan segala keinginannya untuk ngecat rambutnya ungu, biru, merah.”

My view : untuk niat mengubah warna rambut supaya tambah gaul dan tambah keren saya menganggapnya dia gak bersyukur dan minder ma warna asli rambut Asianya sendiri, dan pada umumnya warna asli rambur Asia kita memang hitam.

kenapa saya bilang dia gak bersyukur dan minder? selama niatnya memang demikian, saya rasa orang lain pun akan berpendapat “dia emang minder aja”, artis bukan, dari lahir udah bule juga bukan haha. in what necessity you change your hair color? kalo emang ingin dinilai kepribadiannya trus kenapa yang diubah harus warna rambutnya? Ubah aja kepribadiannya?! Off course, penampilan juga perlu diperhatikan tapi bukan berarti jadi terobsesi, ya gak lah. bagaimana penampilan kita, bagaimana cara berkomunikasi kita, bagaimana sikap tubuh kita, bagaimana raut wajah kita sedikit banyak berpengaruh kepada penilaian orang lain terhadap diri kita sendiri. memangnya orang bisa menebak apa aja ide di kepala kita? bisa menebak niat dan keinginan dalam hati kita? apa yang terpancar ke luar itulah yang dinilai orang, they don’t know what inside us, we need to flow them out so others know who we really are.

saya ulang lagi, saya hanya mengkritik orang muda Indonesia yang dari lahir sudah berambut hitam (Asia) namun dia mengubahnya dengan niat dan alasan supaya pede, gaul, keren, oke, dll padahal sebenarnya dia udah oke dengan rambut hitamnya.

saya mengkritik dasar yaitu niat dan alasan mengubah warna rambut, kenapa tidak berusaha memperbaiki kekurangan dalam diri kita supaya kita terlihat lebih gaul, keren dan oke?

jadi itu maksud saya sebenernya, saya minta maaf kalo kurang jelas sebelumnya, gak heran Nad jadi gak ngerti, hehe, hope you catch my point🙂

Aku ingin masukin pikiran yg belum di catatan di sini yaitu negara Indonesia tak boleh dilahirkan tanpa agresi AS kepada Jepang semasa perang dunia II.

you don’t like the stupid culture? baiklah. Ada banyak orang merika yg setujui sama sekali. Tapi seditaknya unsur2 jelek ini bisa disampingkan dgn mudah tapi jika di indonesia, mustahil berhidup tanpa menghadap unsur2 jelek Indonesia diri seperti pengemis dan pollusi.

salam for all.
kayaknya mba yonna sama mba nadia sedang berpolemik soal rambut dan identitas ya.
baguslah di angkat ke permukaan agar titik pemikiran bisa di cari benang merahnya.
yang jelas, apapun warna rambutnya, haruslah disyukuri, karena itu anugrah Tuhan yang harus dirawat dengan baik.
namun demikian, tidak sedikit setidaknya di kampung saya di bandung, yang tiba-tiba rambutnya di cat mengikuti mode rambut yang pernah muncul di televisi. kebanyakan mereka adalah remaja yang cenderung mendambakan kebebasan dan rebellion terhadap norma-norma masyarakat.
sayang banget, perubahan warna rambut mereka yang disengaja ternyata tak lantas seiring dengan perubahan karakternya. yang ada bisa jadi malah membebek budaya dari televisi. mungkin mereka ingin dikatakan gaul atau mengikuti perkembangan zaman. tapi betulkah itu esensi dari perkembangan zaman? jawabannya, tidak, karena itu bukan esensi but just a form atau kulit luar.
namun demikian, saya tak lantas menyalahkan orang merubah warna rambut, karena itu pilihan personal dia. above all, tetap respek terhadap sesama sesama, dan hukum tetap di patuhi, regardless of the hair colour.
ahmad

@Ahmad
iya mas, diskusi saya dan Mbak Nadia tentang bad hair color (dimirip-miripin ama bad hair day hehehe).

faktanya selama ini orang yang berprestasi, tidak muluk2 mengubah penampilan mereka termasuk warna rambut, kalopun ada biasanya mereka yang bergelut di dunia entertainment. contohnya : juara olimpiade internasional tidak ada yang mengubah warna rambutnya, Nelson Tansu juga tidak, dll. sedangkan mereka-mereka yang mengubah warna rambutnya rata-rata tidak berprestasi gemilang. well, kalo dari kalangan selebriti khususnya selebriti yang mengubah warna rambutnya banyak yang berprestasi kaya Indy Barends misalnya.

mungkin ini masalah pilihan dan prioritas ya? bagi mereka yang mementingkan isi daripada kulitnya pasti gak gitu heboh mendandani penampilannya, bagi mereka yang mementingkan kulit daripada isinya pasti heboh mengikuti trend.

jarang ada orang yang mementingkan isi dan kulit sekaligus, meski kulit harus dipentingkan tapi persentasenya pasti berbeda, dan akan kelihatan mana orang yang mementingkan kualitas atau hanya mementingkan penampilan/gaya.

tapi betul, saya juga menghormati mereka yang mewarnai rambutnya, bagaimanapun juga itu adalah urusan mereka, thanks🙂

ohyeah, do boycott!

Wa ko jadi ngebahas soal warna rambut?
I’ve dyed my hair thousands of times before but it doesn’t going to the change the fact that I am an Indonesian at heart, and yes also being a bit fashionably experimental in my younger years, lol. C’mon, this is too insignificant to discuss on in the first place.

@ topic

There’s a common saying amongst today’s society: Love America. Hate Bush.
So sorry to say, regardless how screwed up the Bush administration is, I’d still want US of A to be the most empowering country in the world, at least for the time being. Not because America is America, not because it has Mariah Carey and everything, but because I can’t think of any other country that could. It’s just too damn scary to imagine. And also because, what else?, the aptitude and capacity of Americans protesting their own president itself. They do not justify their leader’s wrongdoings. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. And Bush is surely going down for doing so.

Well anyways, instead of bashing and blaming the Western culture, let’s introspect ourselves first, shall we?

PS: Just realised something.
Can’t believe this article got published in The Jakarta Post!

Sorry, Tas. But, I don’t know, it doesn’t seem like it’s..
With all due respect, it’s just too subjective compared to your previous writings.

Well, nevermind. Jen’s loving it.😀

@Icha
ya nigh ngomong2 warna rambut, kabarnya biang kerok yang OOT udah tobat tuh:mrgreen:

@Marissa,

Totally agree with you. Imagine if Soviet Union is the world’s superpower. That would be a nasty reality. History speaks for itself, communism suppresses everything related to personal freedom and progress.

p.s. communism is not the same as socialism. In fact, I support a mix of socialism in the economic system. Look at Canada, France, and most of the Northern European countries. They are prosperous.

Part One:
Alright, I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of Indonesians reading this article, so I’m gonna’ write in Bahasa instead.

First thing first, I don’t hate Americans. Frankly, saya punya beberapa orang teman di Amerika, dan mereka memang warga Amerika.

Tapi asal tahu saja, banyak orang Amerika yang SEBAL terhadap negaranya sendiri, terutama kepada rezim konservatif menjijikan dengan figur RAJA MONYET IDIOT yang bernama George W. Bush.

Bahkan teman saya, orang Lousiana, pernah bilang, kalau memang Murka (slang untuk Amerika) mau bubar, ya mendingan bubar saja. Negara ini (Amerika) sudah demikian fucked up dimana orang kaya bertambah kaya dan orang miskin bertambah miskin. Dan itu belum termasuk masalah-masalah seperti kebodohan massal dan RASIALISME.

Dan terus terang saja, rezim konservatif menjijikan dengan kultur korporatisme yang serakah itulah yang menjajah negara-negara berkembang, dan tentunya termasuk Indonesia juga. Apalagi Indonesia termasuk negara yang kaya minyak.

Part Two
Kenapa Amerika menyerang Iraq? Karena Iraq adalah negara yang kaya minyak.

Siapa yang menciptakan Taliban dan Al-Qaeda? Siapa yang mendukung pemerintahan Islam ekstrem Zia Ul-Haq di Pakistan? Amerika.

Jaman dahulu tujuannya adalah untuk menangkal komunisme Uni Sovyet, tetapi setelah Sovyet runtuh, maka gerakan-gerakan Islam ekstrem itu tetap menguntungkan Amerika. Pertama, karena memberikan alasan bagi Amerika untuk menjajah negara kaya minyak seperti Iraq. Kedua, karena kalau orang Islam menjadi bodoh, maka yang diuntungkan adalah Amerika. Orang-orang Islam memang sial karena hidup di negara-negara yang kaya minyak. Seandainya minyak ada di Tibet, mungkin sekali Amerika akan menciptakan Gerakan Teroris Buddha Radikal supaya orang-orang Buddha menjadi bodoh.

Part Three
Mengenai Indonesia, sepertinya Amerika akan bahagia sekali seandainya pemerintahan Indonesia lemah dan korup, karena dengan demikian, maka Indonesia akan terus dijajah secara ekonomi.

Akhirnya yang timbul adalah rasialisme global, dimana orang-orang kulit berwarna (seperti orang Indonesia dan orang-orang Latin) menjadi bertambah miskin, sementara bule-bule menjadi bertambah kaya. Orang-orang dari negara miskin seperti Indonesia dan Mexico sering diejek dan dilecehkan oleh orang-orang rasialis di negara maju, padahal yang membuat miskin kan mereka juga.

Terus terang, saya akan sangat heran seandainya ada orang Indonesia yang membela Amerika. Orang-orang Australia yang keturunan penjahat saja (Australia dulunya adalah tempat membuang penjahat) masih punya hati nurani dan biji testikel untuk berdemonstrasi menentang Si Penjahat Perang yang bernama George W. Bush. Apa yang dilakukan orang-orang Indonesia saat Raja Monyet Idiot itu berkunjung ke negara ini? Kemana biji testikel orang-orang Indonesia? Seharusnya kita semua menurunkan celana dan memperlihatkan pantat saat George Monkey Bush berkunjung.

Part Four:
Mengenai mencintai produk-produk Amerika……

….BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Terus terang, apa sih produk Amerika yang layak dipuji selain flim Hollywood? Bahkan tidak semua film Hollywood bagus. Indiana Jones memang menghibur, tapi Superman Returns lebih membosankan daripada menonton cat yang sedang mengering.

Mobil? Kalau mau mobil murah, belilah mobil Korea atau Jepang. Kalau mau mobil yang benar-benar berkualitas, belilah mobil Eropa. Mobil Amerika? Bwahahahaha!!!.

Elektronik? Tolong sebutkan merk TV atau kulkas yang Anda pakai. Hmmm… Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi, Samsung… kok tidak terdengar seperti buatan Amerika ya?

Musik? Dulu ada saatnya dimana MTV masih layak ditonton, tapi musik-musik buatan Amerika sekarang ini tidak lebih dari sampah generik yang mengulang-ulang formula yang sama, yaitu musik dengan pola yang tidak berubah dari sejak awal tahun 2000, serta pakaian yang sesedikit mungkin. Paling tidak di tahun 90-an kita masih melihat bakat-bakat sungguhan seperti Mariah Carey, tetapi sekarang ini kita disuguhi sampah tidak berbakat seperti Rihanna dan Tila Tequila.

Musik yang betul-betul bagus malah dibuat di negara lain. Buddha Bar berasal dari Perancis sementara Cafe del Mar dari Spanyol. Tiesto adalah orang Belanda, BUKAN orang Amerika.

Software? Software Microsoft membuat komputer Anda menjadi tidak stabil dan sering crash. Sistem Operasi yang bagus dan stabil adalah Linux, tetapi Linux BUKAN buatan Amerika; Linux adalah buatan FINLANDIA.

MacDonald’s? YANG BENAR SAJA. MacDonald’s adalah burger produksi massal yang dibuat dengan biaya semurah mungkin tanpa memperdulikan rasa atau kualitas. Sungguh MENGGELIKAN kalau sampai ada orang yang bangga memakan makanan murahan seperti MacDonald’s, dan sangat mengerikan seandainya ada orang yang benar-benar SERIUS menyukai MacDonald’s.

Apa perlu saya buat daftar alasan kenapa saya TIDAK SUDI menyentuh MacDonald’s? Rotinya berisi udara, sayurannya tidak segar, dagingnya tipis (dan saya tidak yakin apakah itu betul-betul daging atau bukan), rasanya tidak enak, dan ukuran burgernya kecil sekali.

Sepertinya orang-orang yang menyukai MacDonald’s itu memang belum pernah merasakan burger buatan sendiri (home made burger) yang dibuat dengan daging kelas satu, sayuran segar, dan roti pilihan.

(Atau mungkin saya yang sudah terlanjur manja dan pemilih karena sejak kecil sudah terbiasa merasakan burger enak buatan ibu saya. Kalau begitu sorry deh buat MacDonald’s karena tidak bisa menandingi ibu saya dalam membuat burger.)

Akhir kata…..

AMERICA FUCKING SUCKS ANYWAY!

Oh, and I haven’t finished yet…..

Sepatu? Sepatu Nike adalah sampah yang tidak nyaman di kaki dan cepat rusak, yang dibuat oleh pekerja-pekerja di bawah umur yang diperlakukan dengan tidak manusiawi seperti budak (slave labor). Nike adalah perusahaan tidak berperikemanusiaan dimana buruh-buruhnya (yang berusia di bawah umur) sampai ada yang mati karena tercekik di ruangan yang tidak berventilasi, atau mati kelelahan karena bekerja 20 jam sehari.

Sepatu yang berkualitas adalah Adidas, dan sebagai informasi, Adidas adalah BUATAN JERMAN, bukan buatan Amerika.

America still fucking sucks.

@Kreshna Iceheart: totally agree w/ your opinion. in fact skrg most of American product such as GAP, Apparels etc are made in China and Vietnam..hahaha..my niece works at Bloomingdale’s in NY and she said that America is getting worst every day =)

personally I don’t hate America. I accept America but I would never accept anything that Bush said. he’s a super IDIOTA!!😛

tapi kalo ditanya soal vacation paling asyik n paling oke ya gw masih milih America sih..hehehe😉

I’m sorry for being late in responding your comments.

finallywoken: I agree with you, totally. I guess they’re just having the worst president ever. Let’s hope the new president can bring more peace to this world.

ichanx: Yes, you’re right. There’re so many good Americans out there!

ahmad: Thanks buat dukungannya Bung, ditunggu masukan-masukan Anda lainnya🙂

harigelita: Thanks for the supprt. I’m glad you found my blog. Thanks for the question, I’ll make that as my homework and I hope I can write the so-called soltution in my next article. What do you think we should do? It’s good to know that there’s somone like you who never stops dreaming for the good of Indonesia.🙂

bukangukguk: Mau nunggu berapa ratus lagi nich? hehe.

ns: Thanks for your kind motivation and solution. So, when can we meet up for a meeting?

Yonna: Makanya jangan main cat rambut donk! Hehe.

Marisa: Yeah it got published for some reason🙂 Well, of course it’s subjective that’s why it’s called an op-ed piece.

Kreshna: You’re right at some point. Most Americans are so upset with Bush and his government, and some think that he’s the worst president in American political history. About their products, well, you might say American products are trash but it’s a fact they’re making a lot of money because people like you and me buy them. And of course there’s a reason why we buy their products. I’m not trying to defend American products, but I do wear Nike shoes for running (at least 3 times a week) and based on my experience they’re indeed the best.

But it’s true that their economy is plunging and like we all know it, it’s Bush that gets all the blame. We’re gonna have to wait til the new president is elected.

[quote]tapi kalo ditanya soal vacation paling asyik n paling oke ya gw masih milih America sih..hehehe [/quote]
WHAT? Vacation?? Are you kidding? Save your tickets and go to Italy instead. Or Spain, or Turkey, Denmark, Bangkok, Tahiti, Brazil, Bora-Bora. What are you going to see in America anyway?

[quote] he’s the worst president in American political history.[/quote]
Correction: he’s the worst president in the world’s history. Frankly, I never get it why the idiot still won the election TWICE. Probably a majority of Americans are so stupid that they would elect Homer Simpson for president. Come to think of it, they did.

[quote]About their products, well, you might say American products are trash but it’s a fact they’re making a lot of money because people like you and me buy them.[/quote]
Nah, not me. I avoid American products as much as possible. When I want to buy quality things, I buy European’s. When I want to buy some cheap shit, I buy PRC’s –you know, cutting off the middlemen to get cheaper price.

[quote] I’m not trying to defend American products, but I do wear Nike shoes for running[/quote]
Nooooo!! Don’t support human slavery!😯

huhuahaha..yayaya, sayah kira memang begitulah adanya…tapi seandainya negara lain yang jadi adidayanya, apa kita juga akan bereaksi yang sama,,,? kita ribut tentang generalisasi versi mereka..tapi kita juga melakukan hal yang sama, sibuk mengkotak-kotakan dan memilah-milah subyeknya…buat sayah pribadi mah, kebijakan politik, sebagian banyak perbuatan dan kelakuannya yang saya tidak ikhlas, bukan orangnya…

makanya sayah juga setujuh….mariiiii indonesiaaa…!!

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