The Jakarta Post
Traditional red-faced Sundanese puppets of Panakawan called Cepot from Bandung, West Java. This puppets are part of the Sundanese Wayang Golek cultural tradition. (Shutterstock/File)
In a bid to preserve local values among Sundanese people, especially the younger generation, Komunitas Ngariung (Ngariung community) and its website ngariung.id have been officially launched by West Java Governor Ahmad "Aher" Heryawan at the Pakuan Building in Bandung on Saturday.
"This is a good initiative to create a space for West Java's young generation [to conduct activities] in a positive way," said Aher as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that he was hopeful the community would help the Sundanese people to explore, understand and appreciate their local identity and contribute to the community's development.
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"There are actually many Sundanese people out there who want to contribute to [the development] of their homeland but are unable to do so due to [certain] limitations," said one of the community's initiators Sri Izzati.
Komunitas Ngariung’s agenda of tightening unity between Sundanese people across Indonesia includes a seminar called Ngariung Inspiratif that will showcase inspiring Sundanese figures and the operation of a charity named Udunan to address social issues.
Co-initiated by Ilman Dzikri and Khodijah, the community was established in Dec. 5, 2016 and has held roadshows in five cities to promote the movement at the national level. (kes)