Pepatah mengatakan, carilah ilmu sampai ke negeri Cina.
Well, meskipun Taiwan bukan mainland China, salah satu negara impian belajar Indah, Indah sangat sangat sangat bersyukur akhirnya bisa menginjakkan kaki di Taiwan ini, apalagi tujuannya adalah menjawab official invitation untuk Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia Conference. Sedikit tentang HPAIR, HPAIR Asia Conference merupakan proyek terbesar Universitas Harvard di luar negeri sejak 21 tahun lalu, held annually to discuss the most pressing issue in Asia Pacific, ranging from health to security, energy to media. Tahun ini, Indah sendiri diundang untuk di panel media karena selain Hubungan Internasional, sejak program beasiswa SUSI New Media in Journalism 2011, Indah mulai fokus dengan media studies. Hal ini semakin berarti karena Indah sedang di tengah proyek Social Media Carnival dengan YEP! Youth EmPowering!
Kota penyelenggaranya HPAIR Asia Conference sendiri berpindah-pindah di sekitar negara Asia Pasifik bekerjasama dengan universitas lokal yang akan menjadi host acara ini melalui bidding ketat. Tahun ini, National Chengchi University menjadi host university dengan Taipei City dan New Taipei City yang menjadi host cities-nya. So..NIHAO TAIWAN!
I feel so blessed that finally I could make it after months of academic preparation at school and fundraising project with some of my best pals and Professor. I was proud to once again stand on global stage representing as Indonesian young leader in a very prestigious occasion organized by Harvard University. I had chance to meet Asian leaders in media, business, government, and expand my international networking and friendship. In Media panel, I came across to some of the best media expert from Youtube, CNN International, CCTV China and New York, and visited TVBS (Taiwan’s first satellite TV) and Taiwan Central News Agency. What I was proud of, they recognized me as a young Indonesian that drive a real change, through my Social Media Carnival project with my organization, YEP! Youth EmPowering!
And again, I stand straight amongst 500+ delegates from across the globe, as a young Muslim woman. There were only less than 10 people with Muslim hijab in the conference. I was delighted to know that though me, people were able to understand Islam better, clarify some misperception, and accept me as their best friends without hatred and suspicion—and in the end, we come home with the new mindset.
Hereby I attach a glimpse of my journey to Taiwan, an island of a patriotic nation despite their debatable independence status. The pictures depict my presentation, learning activity, cultural exchange, and some of my best friends.
I hope you we can learn together from the world, and share it for the better better future of Indonesian youthsTags: Harvard, Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations, HPAIR, SUSI, SUSI BSU, Taipei, Taiwan