Sign language for Indonesia
I’ve visited to Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Bali during December 2017 – January 2018. I’ve stayed for a month.
- Indonesia is considered to be one of the cheapest destinations to explore (there are some exceptions like Ampat Raja islands)
- A perfect destinations for backpackers, getaways, adventures, nature lovers, animal lovers, hikers, etc.
- A home of the orangutans (please see them ethically) and Komodo dragons.
- There are many religions in Indonesia. On Java island, many are predominantly Muslim, whereas Bali is Hindu.
- You can travel around via boats, buses, trains and planes (such as JetStar, LionAir, etc.
- You may not see any dogs around in Java, Indonesia. Some Muslims believe that they are dirty and/or scavengers. There are other reasons too.
- Since there are so many islands (over 17,000), they have their own languages, cultural beliefs and practices, customs, traditions, histories, etc.
- Because of this, they tend to identify themselves locally (such as Balinese, Javanese, Sudanese, etc.) before identifying themselves nationally
- Collectivism plays a strong role in Indonesia. Generally, people don’t do things on their own and pity upon on a solitude person.
- They don’t value privacy strongly as other cultures or western societies.
- Do not touch or shake hands with Mulisms who are the opposite of your gender – try to ask first if must.
- Some Indonesian women will not shake hands and will instead bow with their hands folded
- Many percieve marriage as being mature and reached a true adulthood. Don’t be surprised when being asked about your martial status often.
- Bahasa Isyarat Indonesia (BISINDO) or “Indonesia sign language”
- BISINDO is recently recognized and included in the laws during the year of 2016
- Some Deaf people here know International Sign*
- They do not even get any welfare whatsoever from the government and suffer a huge unemployment rate
- There is a Deaf village in Bali and have their own sign language called Kolok.
- There are few Deaf related businesses, such as Deaf Cafe Fingertalk.
- Watch a YouTube video where a Deaf Indonesian explained about his community.