Sunday, March 18, 2012

He said we lost our sciences because we lost our history.

After today's show, I'm thinking I should really read up on Bodhidharma (also known as Damo in Zen Buddhism text).

I'm still wondering - how did we lose so much of our Asian identity and heritage? We were enslaved by our Colonial masters then, and we are still enslaved, being constantly bombarded by westernisation (you cannot mistake westernisation for modernisation)...

Sadly I only recognise very few names among the many - Rabindranath Tagore, Du Fu, Li Bai, Thiruvalluvar, Bhagat Singh, Mangal Pandey, and Merong Mahawangsa. Knowing that I've Indian, Bugis, Sundanese, Baweanese, and Javanese ancestry but categorised as a "Malay" makes me all the more thirsty to know deeper about my own identity.

Oh, and I'm still wondering - why does the term "Asian" bring forth the image of a Chinese/Japanese person for most people on the other side of the world? Just saying.

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