Language | Tuesday, 12 July 2011 | sundanesecorner.org
Some commentators criticize the ninth Sundanese Congress, which is underway in Bogor, West Java, due to its tendency to merely represent what they describe as ‘the same old men with the same old views’. Fresh, unconventional and new outlook from young generations seem to have no enough access to the forum. They bitterly say this government-sponsored forum is a sort of old people talks.
Not exactly, except if one forgets Deasy Ariyanti, student of English Department, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Pasundan University. This twenty one year old girl is the youngest speaker at the forum. She is young, beautiful and smart. She has previously won an academic writing contest at her university, presenting a paper that shed lights on the Sundanese language actually spoken by contemporary youth. It is the same paper that Deasy shall presents at the ninth Sundanese Congress in Bogor, West Java, this afternoon.
‘I’m a little bit nervous, for this will be my first experience in presenting a paper at this sort of forum,’ said Deasy in an sms to me this morning.
Just think about it: other speakers that present their papers at the forum include several big names such as writer Ajip Rosidi, Rector of Padjadjaran University Dr Ganjar Kurnia, and even Bandung Mayor Dada Rosada. Deasy looks like a little deer amid several lions. Yet I myself can see a kind of hope in Deasy’s appearance at the forum. I hope she represents the future of Sundanese.