Land | Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 | sundanesecorner.org
My beloved Pasundan University’s students of English Department and I went to Junghuhn Park yesterday. We departed from our campus in Bandung at around 8 o’clock in the morning to the northern part of the city. Most of us went by angkot (local denomination of urban transportation vehicle), some others rode motorcycles, and I myself drove my old car along with three of my students. Traffic was fine, and the rain hadn’t yet fall. In less than half an hour we arrived in Lembang where the forgotten park was located.
Some 70 students participated in the trip. Also joined in this visit were some activists of the newly established Pedang (Lembang Youth Association), an activist of Trapawana environmental organization, a founder of Wisata Literasi publishing house, a founder of Bandung Deutsch Club, and a staff of BKSDA (Natural Resources Conservation Center) of West Java.
This gathering was part of our weekly meeting in the course of ‘Pengantar Lingkungan Sosial Budaya dan Teknologi’ (Introduction to Socio-Cultural and Technological Environments), which I teach at Unpas in this semester. For the past three years I’ve been undertaking a doctoral research on the life, thoughts, and works of Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn (1809-1864), a naturalist who lived and worked in Java. I would like to share my modest knowledge on the subject to my students and other audiences as well.
In addition to my lecture, our friends from the above mentioned organizations also shared their accounts of the significance of natural preservation for our life. We also enjoyed an Indonesian poetry reading and a Sundanese short-short story reading by our Lembang’s friends.
It was a great and pleasant moment to gather around the monument of Franz Junghuhn. At around 12 o’clock, however, we had to go back to campus before the rain fell.***