Literature plays crucial role as Indonesia enters 20th year of reformation

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This article mentions Dewi Ria Utari Leila S. Chudori Melani Budianta
Written by Keshie Hernitaningtyas
Originally published in Jakarta Post.
May 04, 2018


As Indonesia celebrates its 20th year of reformation this year, literature plays a crucial role in reminding us of the importance of learning from history, says University of Indonesia cultural science professor Melani Budianta.

“The reformation may still feel new for some people, yet it has changed [many things] rapidly that we need to look back to process it. Learning from history is very important so that we don’t forget what we are fighting for and make the same mistakes all over again. Why literature? Because it has the potential to open our imagination; allowing us to imagine something outside of what exists today,” said Melani during a discussion themed “20 Years of Reform”, among the events at the Makassar International Writers Festival that took place at Makassar Muhammadiyah University on Thursday.

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