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Fajar
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Fajar
Fajar Triperdana
Contributor, Editor, Regional Coordinator, User Manager

Summary

Fajar graduated from Japanese Studies, Universitas Indonesia in 2013, and currently works for Australia Awards Indonesia. His interests else than language including doing part-time work as liaison officer or interpreter, reading novels or manga, and browsing through spotify and youtube for music, preferably European or Asian music. He is also a big fan of Eurovision Song Contest. Currently he can speak Indonesian, English, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, with French, Portuguese, Czech, and Russian in progress. To a certain degree, he also able to understand Javanese and Sundanese.

Motivation

Learning languages and culture is his passion. He believes that by understanding them, people can foster a better relationship and tolerance between each other. He also believes that Polyglot Indonesia is the best media to convey and spread these understanding.

Biography

Born from a Padangnese mother and a Javanese father, Fajar grew up in a multicultural family which emphasized on education and manners. His interest in arts, especially in music and dance from an early stage of his life is quite unique, particularly since his family has military and diplomatic background. Literature also played a major part of his childhood, which is manifested in his compilation of hundreds of storybooks gracing his bookshelves, ranging from Hans Christian Andersen’s to local Indonesian folklores. In addition to these authors, Fajar also favours books written by Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown, Michael Scott, and JK Rowling. Disney, Ghibli, Pokemon, and PIXAR are his favorite since childhood. His father and grandfather also taught him about wayang and Javanese traditional arts, whereas his Minangkabau heritage knowledge were acquired through his grandmother’s.

In his elementary school year, he came in contact with Japanese culture and greatly admired it. This brought him to the decision of continuing his study at Japanese Studies Program of the University of Indonesia (UI). Aside from Japanese, he also took classes on Italian, Spanish, Russian, Javanese, and Sundanese. During his study, he joined Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Paragita UI and Dancesport UI as outlets for his passion on arts and briefly was a member of the UI Equestrian team and Aikido UI. For his undergraduate thesis, he chose the beautiful yet mysterious world of geisha as core subject.

He formerly worked as a part-time GO (Gentil Organisateur) at ClubMed Bali and Bintan, where he gained some degree of knowledge on French. After finishing his university year, he was contracted by MNC Group, specifically RCTI, to work as Media Liaison Officer and during that time also conducted Spanish translation for Miss World 2013 pageant held in Nusa Dua, Bali. His other part-time experience includes liaison officer for Singaporean contingent on Biennial Intervarsity Games (2012), the 3rd Asia Pacific Television Journalist Conference (2015), and International Street Soccer Competition (2016). He has worked for UNIQLO as assistant store manager (2013-2016), Australian Council for Educational Research as administration officer (2016-2017), and he currently work for Australia Awards Indonesia.

He joined Polyglot Indonesia in 2013 as Japanese and Spanish Coordinator for Jakarta Chapter and since 2015 he held the position of Jakarta Chapter Regional Coordinator.

His dream that is yet to come is to meet Julie Andrews, Meryl Streep, and Toni Bennett; to sing and compete in an Indonesian choir at the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, and enroll at the prestigious Lund University, Sweden.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” – Master Oogway (Kung Fu Panda)

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