The Culture Directorate General of the Education and Culture Ministry will organize a congress of culture in Jakarta on Dec.7-9. One of the concerns to be addressed are claims over the ownership of cultures that we have heard over the last few years across Indonesia and the region.
In early January 2014, for instance, South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin planned to patent empek-empek (minced fish cake) as a specialty of the city of Palembang to safeguard the origin of the culinary product. The move came after people and the administration in neighboring Jambi claimed empek-empek as part of their culture. Yet, Jambi was reportedly too late to act as South Sumatra had initiated the cultural claim earlier.
Several regions producing batik once came up with the idea of recording and registering batik motifs. It was seemingly assumed...
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