Berikut ini adalah esai yang kutulis dalam rangka memenuhi salah satu persyaratan aplikasi ASEAN in Today’s World 2010 yang diselenggarakan atas kerjasama antara Mahidol University International College (Salaya – Thailand) dan Kyushu University (Fukuoka – Japan). Kegiatan ini telah dilaksanakan pada 26 Februari – 14 Maret 2010 yang lalu… Semoga bisa memberikan gambaran dalam menulis esai untuk aplikasi beasiswa atau kegiatan sejenis :D! (maap kalo banyak grammar yang salah. ha..ha..)
Essay : Why I want to join AsTW 2010
By: Retno Widyastuti
Since the time I read the announcement of this program, I’m highly motivated to join ASEAN in Today’s World, because it supports the process of integration and the creation of mutual understanding among the people from many nations, especially between ASEAN people and Japan.
If we looking back to the history, in 1977 Prime Minister Fukuda announced three major concerns on the relations between ASEAN and Japan, which is called as ‘Fukuda Doctrine’. It mentioned ; 1) the commitment to peace, and rejection of military power; 2) Consolidation of mutual confidence with Southeast Asia based on ‘heart-to-heart’? understanding, covering political, economic, and social and cultural areas; 3) Partnership with ASEAN, supporting ASEAN solidarity and resilience, and mutual understanding with nations of Indochina. Since then, the relations between Japan and Southeast Asian countries keep on developing. The most interesting point for me is the ‘heart to heart understanding’. It means that ‘soft’? approach is being used for building up the relations among nations, through the support for cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
In my opinion, the AsTW can give many advantages, which can help the participant to enhance their experience about cross cultural studies. Then, it also trains them to face the reality of life about the world’s diversity, learn the leadership values, conflict and resolution, teamwork, and also social interaction and communication among nations. I believe that the more experience’s of human have, the more they can grow their maturity to solve many problems in their life. Knowing this fact, I want to be the part of this precious event and contribute something to my society in Indonesia (specifically) and also ASEAN region and the world (generally).
My educational background in undergraduate degree was International Relations (IR). I have very high interest on how international people relate each other through many kinds of interaction, communication and cooperation in the term of social, political, economical, cultures, education, etc. Furthermore, in this globalization era, the international relations not only dominated by the state, but already spread in grass-root level. So, this is the chance for a common people, like me, can do an international contribution through people to people relations.
I have short term and long term goal for joining AsTW. For the short term goal, I want to learn as much as possible and build up international networks. As for my long term goal, I want to be a lecturer in International Relations major. I hope that in the future my experience can be useful for my students. Of course, to be a good lecturer, I have to increase my quality. Not only on the knowledge of the IR, but also on the IR’s practical experience. I have a strong commitment to realize the concepts of education; 1) emphasizing knowledge, 2) growing the maturity and 3) developing the good manners, for my future students.
In AsTW, I would like to share my experience and knowledge about ASEAN, especially Indonesia as my origin country, and also about Japan as my current major. Indonesia has many diverse cultures inside herself. There are hundreds of ethnic, local languages, and also various traditional customs which is spread in thousands of islands. In my experience, since I was a child I have been moving for several times and staying in several cities in Indonesia, such as North Sumatra, Jambi, South Sumatra, Central Java, Yogyakarta, and Jakarta. Each place has different cultures and unique customs. It helps me to understand more about my own country and also trains me how to face many people from different culture.
I’m always being interested with something ‘new’ such as cultures. So that’s why, during the AsTW program, for the ASEAN Studies Courses (ASC) I’m planning to take Current Affairs of ASEAN and East Asia’s class, which is suitable with my educational background. And for the Asian Language & Culture Courses (ALC), I will take Basic Thai Language and Culture. It is very interesting to learn Thai language and culture. And in exchange, I would be very happy for introducing and discussing about my cultures and languages with other participants. By understanding the other cultures and languages, we can communicate and understand each other which can support the ASEAN’s integration and the forming of ASEAN Community.
I’m sure by sharing and discussing the theme with each other, these can help us to broaden our perspective and knowledge. The more experience we will have, the more knowledge we will gain. By gaining more knowledge, we can increase our chance to create a better understanding about the others. As the vision of ASEAN to build ASEAN Community in 2015, I think it is the right time for us to realize our dreams become true, step by step.
With those explanations above, I hope that I can be a suitable candidate for ASEAN in Today’s World. I’m really excited and highly motivated to be the part of AsTW in Mahidol University, Thailand. So, I’m really looking forward for it! Tanoshimi!