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Student Ideas Come to Life: The 8th Indonesian Drama


Jan 6, 2010

On Thursday, December 17th, 2009, Malay/Indonesian language course students performed an Indonesian drama in the APU Multipurpose Hall. The drama aims to provide students with an opportunity to put into practice what they have learned in class and to strengthen their friendships. It is held every semester and this drama was the 8th one thus far.

Students performed 8 skits, including "Thriller" and "Manusia Laba Laba" (Spiderman), entirely in Indonesian, and all content was developed by the students. One skit, "Ponyo di Danau Toba" (Ponyo of Lake Toba) mixed an old Indonesian folktale with a contemporary story. The comical performances and occasional plot twists that enlisted audience members left the audience in stitches by the end of the event.

One audience member, Ariyanti Dragona (APM4, Indonesia), remarked, "I was surprised how well they could speak Indonesian having only studied for 2 months. The performances were very funny."

Student participant OMORI Midori (APS2, Japan) commented on the experience, "I was not sure if I could act in Indonesian having only studied for 2 months, but today's performance went off without a hitch thanks to the help of the teacher and our Indonesian friends. I think acting in front of group of people was a great experience."

After the event, supervisor APS Associate Professor IGUCHI Yufu remarked, "This performance started in 2005 and gets bigger and better every time. The performance was successful again this time thanks to my students' hard work and the assistance from Indonesian students. Being able to hold a play due to the mutual cooperation of students really reveals both the unique character of APU and the level of student motivation. I plan to continue holding this event with future classes."

The APU Center for Language Education (CLE) offers students the chance to study 6 Asia Pacific languages—Chinese, Korean, Malay/Indonesian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

You can view a video clip of a previous Indonesian Drama (with subtitles provided by students) here.

2008 Spring Semester Indonesian Drama "Sailor Moon"

Reporter, Student Press Assistant (SPA): Isshiki Kosuke (APS3, Japan)

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