Photography Book "Guardians of Tradition" by P. J. Leo Launched
Visual Note About China Castle
to Celebrate The 35th Anniversary of The Jakarta Post
Jakarta, April 27, 2018 - Journalist photos of The Jakarta Post, Pujianto Johan Leo or better known as P. J. Leo, launched a photography book about ethnic Chinese Benteng entitled "Guardians of Tradition". The launch of this photography book is one of a series of anniversary celebrations of the 35 daily language that began publishing since 25 April 1983.
The photographs in this book are a collection of Leo's journalism on Chinese Benteng created within the time span between 2009 and 2018 and have been featured as photo essays in several editions of The Jakarta Post.
Leo has a deep interest in the history and development of the Benteng Chinese community which began when he hunting photos to the Bio Boen Tek Pagoda, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Jabodetabek located right in the center of Chinatown, Tangerang Old Market.
The name of the Citadel attached to the Chinese community in Tangerang refers to the location where they live near the Dutch fort which functioned as a security post to guard the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) territory from the attack of the Sultanate of Banten. Currently, the people of China Benteng many inhabit some areas in Tangerang such as Pasar Old Market, Karawaci, Pabuaran, Sewan, Curug, Legok, Panongan and some other areas. Generally, the areas inhabited by the Chinese Citadel are still in the vicinity of the Cisadane river basin.
Mangara Pangaribuan, Director of PT Astra Graphia Tbk said, "Indonesia is made up of various ethnic and cultural riches created from various historical backgrounds. This cultural heritage needs to be preserved and preserved to commemorate the struggles of our forefathers. Chinese book launch of Fortress by P.J. Leo from The Jakarta Post is a very creative idea to preserve the culture. This step is in line with our company values, namely Valuable to the Nation and Life, so we are honored to have been selected to support the Chinese book casting process. We hope the Indonesian people can come up with more creative ideas in the history of the nation to be passed on to future generations. "
Quite a lot of rituals and traditions as well as aspects of the life of the Chinese Citadel community noted by Leo in his journalistic work. He covered not only the celebration of the 12th Anniversary Movement to move the Toapekong and the statue of the Goddess Kwan Im pampered by the Chinese Citadel community from the Boen Pagoda of San Bio in the New Market area of Tangerang to the Bio Boen Tek Bio in the Old Market but also the marriage to the Chinese customs The fortress that has now been very rare was held.
Beyond these traditions, Leo also interacts with many Benteng Chinese who have unique skills for areas no longer appealing to young people such as the latest generation of pesinden and musicians from Gambang Kromong in Tangerang, the makers of Tehyan, Chinese musical instruments, to craftsmen baskets or home owners Kebaya typical Chinese house The fortress is increasingly difficult to find because it changed with a modern house.
"I am trying to capture the story of the Chinese Citadel that is often not caught by radar. The craftsman of the basket that I went to, for example, not Ny. Lauw whose factory has been widely known, but an old encim who still stirring his own dodol stove, "said Leo.
Through the photographs and notes he made, Leo tries to showcase the side of humanism that is approached and immersed throughout his journalistic duties in the Chinese Benteng settlement areas in various areas of Tangerang. Melancholian Chinese citizens' lives The fortress, who persistently defended and cared for their ancestral traditions, tried to capture Leo and made a visual record that is expected to be a literary contribution for anyone who wants to get to know the life of Chinese Citadel communities better. Simply because he wanted his photographs and notes about China The castle scattered in various editions of The Jakarta Post can be collected and be a small record that can be opened and reread whenever anyone wants to know the sundries of Tionghoa Chinese citizens in Tangerang. Through this book, Leo tries to immortalize the story of Benteng Chinese citizens and the life-force that they are constantly trying to connect to maintain their ancestral traditions.
Chief Executive Officer of The Jakarta Post, Judistira Wanandi or more familiarly called Yudi Wanandi admitted happy, The Jakarta Post can publish Leo's book "Guardians of Tradition" on the 35th anniversary of the English-language daily. "The publication of this book has an important meaning in re-unifying the spirit of Indonesian unity that is now felt to be faded, by instilling an understanding to its readers about the diversity of the Indonesian nation," Yudi said.
This book, according to Yudi, is a means to know the lebik near the ethnic Chinese Benteng community in Tangerang. "We hope that the beautiful pictures in this book can be a means for anyone to know and understand more about the history and life of the Benteng Chinese community. Through the artifacts left by the ancestors and speeches of Oey Thin Eng, who for 15 years dedicated his life to the Bio Boen Tek Pagoda and is very eloquent to tell the history of this community, "Yudi pointed out. In addition, Yudi also hopes the book "Guardians of Tradition" is getting a positive response from the community and give a significant influence in the process of growing and nurturing diversity that is the wealth of our nation.