I am sure you’ve heard some Indonesian origin became ministers in Malaysia and Singapore. But, have you heard that some Indonesians also hold important positions in Suriname? It is reported that there are at least four ministers in Surinamese cabinets are Javanese: Minister of Education, Minister of Defense, Minister of Social Affairs, and Minister of Agriculture. Also the chairman of the Surinamese Parliament is of Javanese descendant.
In Suriname, you can find more than one Javanese parties, in which people from different ethnic also join and become members. Javanese descendants amount up to 20% of total population. Since 120 years of assimilation with local people and other ethnic, Javanese gave an essential influence in term of economy, culture, and cuisine. You can easily find Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Gado Gado, Bakmi Goreng Jawa (fried noodle), etc. not only in Javanese ethnic houses, but also in most houses.
I am personally interested in visiting this country. Wait for me, Suriname!
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Posted on June 29th, 2009 at 2:51 am by Akhyari