George Quinn: Promoting Javanese with passion

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About George Quinn,
Written by Indra Harsaputra, and was originally published in Jakarta Post,
Dec 22, 2011


Born in New Zealand on July 22, 1943, his love of Javanese culture began when he met Emmy Oey, an Indonesian woman of Chinese descent from Banyumas, Central Java. “Although Chinese in ethnicity, Emmy’s family was very fond of Javanese gamelan music and preferred Javanese to Chinese in daily speech. I always felt comfortable in my visits to her family in Banyumas,” he told The Jakarta Post during a break at the fifth Javanese Language Congress, held from Nov. 27 to Nov. 30 in Surabaya.

Since those Banyumas visits, Quinn delved deeper into Javanese language and culture while lecturing on
the subject at the Australian National University, the only university in Australia that offers Javanese courses. Monash University closed its Javanese class four years ago and Sydney University 10 years ago due to lack of interest among students.

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