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The case of reading and preserving Indonesian literature

In March 2016, a study conducted by Central Connecticut State University (CCTU) entitled “Most Literate Nation of the World” placed Indonesia as the 60th most literate nation out of 61 nations on the list, above only Botswana, and below fellow ASEAN member Thailand. A survey by UNESCO in 2012 records that only one out of 1000 people in Indonesia have an interest in reading. It might sound meagre enough, but what if we ask this next question: how many of the 0.1 percent read books that were written by an Indonesian author?

In most developed countries, especially English-speaking countries, high school students are taught to read books, being exposed to the work of English literature greats like Mark Twain and Shakespeare and encouraged to enjoy and find fun in reading literature. However, in Indonesia, this practice is rare or not practiced at all. Yes, we are taught about the history of Indonesian literature and the periods that divide the styles of literature in Indonesia, but we are not given time to read in class nor are we properly taught to read and appreciate the works of our own people.

To find out whether Indonesians are knowledgeable about their own literature, the Aksaranesia (Aku Suka Sastra Indonesia; I like Indonesian literature) Campaign conducted a survey by asking basic questions about well-known Indonesian literary works. The team specifically targeted the younger generation in the age group of 15-25 during Car Free Day Jakarta and in two universities in Jakarta.

Based on those surveys and quizzes, it found that Indonesian youngsters are not entirely aware of Indonesian literature. None of the respondents got a perfect score, and most are not even familiar with some of the names of the writers being mentioned. Even a simple question like “name three Indonesian books” was difficult to answer. On top of that, it was easier for them to answer questions about English books instead.

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Taiwan: Ratio of classical Chinese guidelines to be decided

The ratio of classical Chinese-language articles included in the senior-high school curricula guidelines are to be decided by a Ministry of Education committee today.

The Association for Taiwan Literature on Thursday said that the ratio of classical Chinese lessons should be reduced to 30 percent and the number of classical Chinese articles reduced to 10 or 15.

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Media centre: Study in Europe 2017 — EU’s Annual Education Fair in Singapore on September 30

In its 11th edition, Study in Europe (SIE) seeks to connect students in Singapore with universities in Europe and provide them access to information about institutions they might be interested in studying at, the application process together with details of various bond-free scholarships. Nations from across Europe will be represented at the annual Study in Europe education fair that presents the many diverse study programmes on offer throughout Europe and highlights a range of scholarship options that could make studying in Europe easier for students.

Study in Europe 2017 will be held in Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Organised by the European Union (EU) Delegation to Singapore, this fair brings together 13 European countries. The countries represented at the fair are Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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China launches Tibetan-language literature database

China Monday launched a Tibetan-language literature database to facilitate the protection and development of Tibetan culture and provide resources for future study.

Run by China Tibetology Research Center, the database was established under the approval of the United Front Work Department of Communist Party of China Central Committee.

China has approximately two million ancient books and historical documents in the Tibetan language.

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Big library idea comes from small children

By Huang Zhiling

Construction of the world’s first panda-themed library is expected to start early next year at a primary school in Chengdu, Sichuan province, with the facility expected to open about six months later.

“People worldwide will have free access to it online,” said Zhang Mingrong, headmistress of the Chengdu Panda Road Primary School.

The school has a three-story building, the second floor of which currently serves as a convention center. It will be turned into a studio for videos about pandas. The third floor, currently a library, will be designed with five boat-shaped sections symbolizing swimming in the sea of knowledge.

“Each section symbolizes a continent. The five sections will house publications and audiovisual materials about pandas from Asia, Europe, America, Africa and Oceania,” Zhang said. Read more

Source: China Daily

Ambedkar University looks to promote literature in different languages

By Fareeha Iftikhar

In a bid to promote ‘progressive’ literature present in different Indian languages, the Ambedkar University (AUD) has started a new centre ‘School of letters’ for this academic session.

Offering a range of courses including MA in English, MPhils in Hindi, comparative literature and translation studies, and PhDs in English, Hindi, and comparative literature and studies, the school will cater to a total 62 students in the coming session.

“In this school, we want to break the barriers between languages. We will promote progressive literature present in almost all Indian languages by providing their translated versions in English and Hindi,” said Radha Chakravorty, the dean of the school.

Elaborating the name ‘School of letters’, Chakroborty said, “Earlier, we thought of naming it something like ‘school of languages’ or ‘linguistiucs’. But I think ‘School of letters’ is more suitable as it justifies the idea behind this center as letters make languages that eventually make literature.” Read more

Source: DNA India


Indian university mulls adding Facebook post writing in English literature course

The Delhi University (DU) in the Indian capital is contemplating to include “Facebook post writing” as part of its English literature course, officials said Wednesday.

A core committee in the English department has recommended the addition as a skill enhancement course.

“Now social media is part of our lives. Therefore, it was deemed necessary to train students in the new genre to help them convey their thoughts clearly,” said an official at DU’s English department. “The writings on social media need to be properly written as it is becoming part of literature.”

The university’s English department has already sent a proposal containing recommendations to all its affiliated colleges teaching the undergraduate courses in literature studies and sought their feedback. Read more

Source: Xinhua

Now, Delhi University students to study Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone

By Neeti Nigam

five pointThe students of the University of Delhi will soon study author Chetan Bhagat’s first and bestselling novel Five Point Someone. The second-year undergraduate students will pursue this novel in the Popular Literature paper in the Generic Elective offered under the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS).

The paper is meant for non-English (Hons) students. Under CBCS, students from any stream who wish to take English as their elective subject can opt for Popular Fiction paper. However, the teaching community doesn’t seems happy with the novel’s inclusion. Read more

Source: The Indian Express


Indian university boosts study of Scottish literature with new undergraduate courses

By Nan Spowart

THE study of Scottish literature is to be expanded in India following its successful introduction to the MA syllabus at Bankura University in West Bengal.

The university is now planning to include the subject at undergraduate level.

“My major concern is the promotion of Scottish literature at Bankura University,” said vice-chancellor Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay. “Very recently 24 colleges have been affiliated to Bankura University, thereby bringing around 30,000 students under the governance of Bankura University. I therefore plan to include Scottish Literature/Studies at the undergrad levels as well.” Read more

Source: The National

PEN to hold lit-teaching workshop in Davao

THE PHILIPPINE Center of International PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) will hold the Davao leg of its literature-teaching training workshop series, “For Love of the Word: Workshops on Teaching Philippine Literature in High School and College,” on Aug. 22 and 23 in Davao City

PEN’s partners in the workshop are Ateneo de Davao University and the literature teachers’ organization, Samahan ng mga Guro ng Panitikan sa Davao.

The Davao workshop will focus on 21st Century Literatures from the Philippines. It will be held at F213, second floor, Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao, Roxas Avenue, Davao City.

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