womidea.com – Five poets from various countries discussed literary issues in Southeast Asia based on the country of origin of the poets, in the Theater Hall of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Padang Panjang, West Sumatra on Thursday (1/12). Previously, three other poets had held literary discussions at Kubu Gadang.
These five poets include Zafri Ariff from Brunei Darussalam, Raudal Tanjung Banua (Indonesia), Phaosan Jehwae (Thailand), Mani Suor (Vietnam) and Abe Barreto Soares (Timor Leste).
Zefri Ariff in his discussion discussed ‘Brunei Digital Literature on Social Media’, where there is thematic diversity and acceptance in an inclusive and exclusive way.
While from Indonesia, Raudal Tanjung Banua discussed Literature (in) Southeast Asia: An Unsophisticated Column’.
It is said, in the Southeast Asian region there are poets or writers from the diaspora, although increasingly here it is increasingly rare, contrary to the phenomenon of diaspora writers in the global region.
“After the generation of Djamal Tukimin, a Singaporean poet with Javanese (Purwokerto) blood, for example, or furthermore Abdul Rahim Kajai, a Malaysian writer with Minangkabau blood, we have hardly ever heard of diaspora writers who are familiar with these areas,” he said.
For Timor Leste, Abe Barreto Soares discussed Timor Leste’s nationalism from the point of view of his poets.
The issue of nationalism, he continued, has always been an interesting topic to discuss, especially in a country like Timor Leste which experienced the colonial period during the reigns of the Portuguese and Indonesians.
Meanwhile, Phaosan Jehwae discussed ‘Educational Poetry for Solving Social Problems in Thai South Patani’.
Malay literature in the three southern border provinces of Thailand, he said, is like a record of human experience. Literature as a creative work of art conveyed in the form of language and literature, as two different things.
The three issues discussed included synthesizing social problems in Patani, three southern border provinces of Thailand, creating educational poetry for solving social problems in Patani and realizing youth’s responsibility for social problems in Patani.