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This has been a collaborative project of PERPIKA (Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia di Korea) and INAKOS.
To mark its momentum, a book launching event was held in Indonesian Embassy on March 14, 2015
Dignitaries from the Embassy, including H.E. Mr. John A Prasetio, the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Korea, as well as the members of the Senior Public Diplomacy Group, MOFA, Korea, notably the president of the group, Mr. Choi Ha Kyung.
Helmed by Gregorius Rionugroho Harvianto (the then-president of PERPIKA) and Zico Alaia Akbar Jr (the then-president of UT Korea) along with PERPIKA’s academic and research team members (Adam F. Nugraha, Suray A. Nugroho, Riezqa Andika, Theresia Ratih, Yus Chaniago, Anne Soraya, and Fardhila Rochman), this collaborative book was successfully born.
In short, the book itself was also the 8th series of books on Korea, published in April 2015, written by Indonesian students who currently study and live in Korea. What makes this book special is the fact that Indonesian migrant workers are also some contributors to the book. They are also enrolled at Universitas Terbuka (UT) Korea or Indonesian Open University in Korea. They tell their stories through specific topics such as the lives they lead as both migrant workers and students at the same time.
This kind of project is the first of its kind. It is hoped that it gives a tremendous impact on the lives of both the students and the readers as this will help them share their sweet and bitter experiences that they may have experienced in Korea.
By giving them an opportunity to write down their own stories, it is highly hoped that Korean society will also be reflected within their stories. Thus, this is what Korean Studies is all about. The whole idea of understanding Korean Studies from the perspective of foreigners, in this case migrant workers who live in Korea is not something new. Thus, the 8th book gives a new meaning to the role of INAKOS in nurturing and fostering the bilateral understanding between Indonesia and Korea.