Cultural Meeting is an event held by SCOPE CIMSA UNEJ, with the aim to understand the culture of each other countries. It is usually done when an exchange visits us in Jember. However, since we are currently facing a pandemic it is impossible for us to do the exchange program. With the advancement of technologies, we were able to hold an online event with interviewee from any places possible. On November 8th, 2020, SCOPE CIMSA UNEJ held an event organized virtually via a zoom meeting. We invited two speakers, Nicky Ria Azizman, Chairman of Sobat Budaya, and Anastasia Chatzistamati from HelMSIC Greece, IFMSA Capacity Building Education Assistant 2018-2019.
We had three session which consists of presentation from both speakers, Nicky Ria Azizman and Anastasia Chatzistamati. A second session that was packed in a talk show format that discusses the different culture of Indonesia and Greece. Last but not least, we ended the activity with a Q&A session with the participants.
Greece is a multicultural country with diverse interests, from this event we get to know more about the culture in Greece, which includes the language, buildings, history, and traditional dishes. We are able to gain more knowledge about how the Greek culture, and how their long history influence their culture, but it doesn’t only affect their country, all around the world it’s well known that they have a positive contribution to world culture through the centuries.
Indonesia is the biggest archipelago in the world consisting of over 17,500 islands, from the large amount and dispersion of the islands comes an abundant amount of cultures, with each culture being distinct and unique from the other. Most ethnicities have their language, history, habits, beliefs, and cuisine, hence why most Indonesian tend to introduce themselves with their ethnicity. Even with the diverse cultures, there are some things in common that most Indonesian regardless of their background do, that includes smiling even in an uncomfortable situation, passing or receiving with your right hand, taking off your shoes when you are entering someone’s house or a religious building to show your politeness.