Welcome back to Member Spotlight where we introduce you to the personalities behind AIYA. This week, we introduce you to member of Jakarta Chapter, Minh Bui!
What is your occupation/What do you study?
I study Economics and Indonesian studies at University of Sydney (USYD)
Fun fact you would like to share with us?
I love playing touch rugby and rugby union
What is your most memorable culture shock experience?
Because I am Vietnamese-Australian, most Indonesians don’t realise I’m a foreigner until I speak Indonesian and they hear the thick Aussie accent. Even with the accent many Indonesian commonly mistake me for a Malaysian or Indonesian from a faraway place like Manado or Nias.
What is your favourite place to visit in Indonesia/Australia?
Salatiga, Indonesia or Cabramatta, Australia
Favourite meal in Indonesia/Australia?
Lumpia Semarang with garlic sauce for Indonesian cuisine, but for Australian cuisine it would have to be Banh mi (or Bun Bo Hue) – Vietnamese-Australian food is the most delicious food ever
How about your favourite word in Indonesian/English?
Indonesian – Iya dong. Australia – yeah mate
Do you have a favourite Indonesian/Australian film?
Don’t have one
Any hopes for the bilateral relationship?
It’d be great if the bilateral relationship could be strengthened to be more than just a working relationship but more of a close friendship
What was getting involved with AIYA like?
Pretty easy. The AIYA Jakarta president (Mbak Citra) asked me to become one of the chapter’s events officers so I sent in my CV for review. Started helping the chapter committee right away by planning touch rugby meetups at Monas in Central Jakarta
What do you like most about AIYA?
I really enjoy attending AIYA’s events and their success in bringing young Australians and Indonesians together to build the people-to-people connections that are so important for the bilateral relationship. Events like rugby and badminton meetups, language and cultural exchanges, or networking nights are always a great way to see the great work AIYA is involved in
Sum up your experience as an AIYA member in three words!
Fun. Fun. Fun.
Instagram – the.wandering.koala.mbui
Terima Kasih Minh for sharing with us your passions and insights into your personal experience. Stay tuned for AIYA Blog Updates for the upcoming personas under Member Spotlight!