Embassy Office, Jakarta, 12th July 2003. The Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China to Indonesia, Mr. Lu Shumin, cordially invited Aminudin, an Independent Researcher of Asian art, to meet the ambassador at his embassy office and provide his research result on Chinese ceramics and other artifacts preserved in Indonesia. The purpose of his research on Chinese artworks attempts to bring about better relationship and understanding between two countries to value and understand cultural diversity in respective society. To value and comprehend cultural diversity is an essential action in being able to comprehend their customs and histories of society of both countries. China has its own culture, and so does Indonesia. One of the China’s cultural objects to create the value and understanding of cultural diversity in Indonesia is ancient Chinese ceramics found in Indonesia.
The distribution of Chinese ceramics in Indonesia is not apart from two factors. Firstly, it was the interest of Chinese emperors in realizing its political and economic missions. Secondly, it was in association with domestic condition in Srivijaya and Java areas being rich kingdoms in Asia. The history recorded that Chou Kü-fei, a high official of Chinese adventurer visiting Java in 1178 A.D, described the triumph of Javanese kingdom by saying “Amid rich foreign kingdoms having various precious and luxurious, no country could exceed Abbas (Abbasiyah Kingdom in Persia); the second is Java (Java in Indonesia) and the third is Srivijaya (Sumatera in Indonesia).”
Chinese ceramics researched by Aminudin is not merely aimed at gaining the knowledge on the cultural history being articulated in those ancient ceramics, but it is the reflection really enabling society to foster their positive attitude and action for the relationship among human beings. In Aminudin’s viewpoint, in order to develop social and cultural system, the economic and political interests, the review objects researched should not be merely referred to the historical perspective of the last decades. The long historical connection of both countries, the relationship established by kingdoms during the last centuries must be reviewed as well. The relationship of both countries would be evident through the existence and distribution of historical artifacts especially Ancient Chinese ceramics in Indonesia, whether the distribution realized by trade proceedings, tribute, or exchange among several kingdoms in Indonesia and China during several centuries ago. The most important one is that through the discovery of Chinese ceramics from Chinese descendants or collectors, and Buddhism pagodas in Indonesia serve as the evidence that the existence of both countries are never apart from the historical aspect, religion ideology, language and other culture since centuries ago.
Undoubtedly, Chinese ceramics stimulate love, peace and affection to the human. Aminudin said, “Every Chinese artist is a poet at heart and the last poet will not perish till the last artist supersedes. Some poets go on creating their wonderful works right into a really their end of life for the next cultural history and nation generation. Chinese ceramic is one of the cultural objects created by those poets that are of potential value to human beings, particularly Asian countries. It is a cultural heritage full of exciting history for love, peace and affection, and we must appreciate and preserve it.”
Meanwhile. the Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China to Indonesia, Mr. Lu Shumin, highly appreciated what Aminudin’s efforts on his research and evaluation activities. The ambassador said on his letter, “With reference to the completion of the book by Aminudin, it is truly the results of the painstaking efforts of the Indonesian archaeological team. I fully agree that the team’s contribution is far beyond archaeological sense, but of recognition and promotion of the long-standing contacts and friendship between our two people. I quite appreciate him to carry this spirit forward to the future generation.”
EVENT: The Research Report: Awareness of Past Cultural and Diplomatic Relationship Among Two Countries Through Chinese Artworks.
DATE: 12th July 2003
PARTICIPANTS: Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China and staff.
HOSTED: Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in Jakarta
VENUE: Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in Jakarta Jl. Mega Kuningan No.2, Jakarta 12950