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Jakarta Post

Lion dance groups embrace diversity, teach inclusion

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24, 2020   /  08:08 am
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Performers from the Barongsai Kong Ha Hong group showcase the lion dance at a mall in South Jakarta on Wednesday in celebration of Chinese New Year.(JP/Yunindita Prasidya)

It started with a boisterous drumroll, followed by the “Crash!” and “Clang!” of cymbals. The sound of the loud percussion filled the mall, which became the entryway for a barongsai (lion dance) performance that evening. It was part of the Chinese New Year celebration, also known as Imlek, which falls on Saturday. Hundreds of people had gathered around a makeshift stage on the ground floor of the Pondok Indah Mall in South Jakarta on Wednesday, waiting for the performance to start, while others were watching from the floors above.  The barongsai team that day was a group of 12, half of whom played the lion while the other half accompanied the performance with musical instruments. All of them were wearing a two-piece red uniform bearing the words “Kong Ha Hong Indonesia” as the name of the troupe.  One of the performers was...