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Celebrating our Asian diversity…

Eva Lieberherr, Indonesia

Tell us about yourself

I am originally from Indonesia. I met my husband while he was traveling to Indonesia. In 1996, I moved to Pemberton because of marriage. I was a travel agent back home, after move to Pemberton, I am working at the Pemberton Valley Lodge as a lot of different roles.

There is a funny story when I came to Canada. I never travel overseas before I come to Canada. I don’t know I should adjust my clothes depends on where I am traveling to. You won’t believe it; I was wearing my nicest dress with high heel when I just arrive Pemberton. I was so excited and don’t even felt cold!

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How is Canadian culture/life different from your home country?

The way you received your wage is different. Back home, we got pay per month, no overtime pay. In Canada is pay bi-weekly, and you usually received overtime pay for work.

Indonesian has a lot of different religion; Religion in Indonesia majority is moslem (Islam), minority: Christian, Catholic, Hindu, Buddies and Confucianism. In Bali, for example, the dominant religion is Hinduism, and there are localities where there are more Christians than Muslims.

Indonesia is large country, 17.000 thousand island big and small surroundings by water (sea), we have 714 tribe and 1100 languages but our national language is Indonesia. Different tribe’s different culture so we just have to respect each other. Canada is my second home, Canada also beautiful. I work as like others and I like where I work right now.

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Which parts of your home culture do you try to keep (in Canada), and why?

My husband is Swiss – Canadian, bread is important for him as like rice is important for me. I am not the person who like to eat sandwich night time after all day work I prefer cooking for my dinner and the easy food to cook when you tired is rice, but not every night I have to eat rice I have to tolerance with other food.

I often introduce Indonesian food for my guest at home as like satay with peanut sauce, Nasi goreng etc.

Native from East Borneo with their traditional custom

Indonesia foods

There has been a significant increase of hate crimes against Asian in Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. How has that affected you personally?

In my opinion this is unfair to hate Asian people just because COVID-19 start in Asia.

No body want to get this pandemic, no one wants to die because of this pandemic and people shouldn’t point finger to Asian people. How about when this pandemic start in somewhere else? European or Canada? think about it before point finger.

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Why is it important to recognize/celebrate Asian Heritage Month? This year?

Yes, I think it’s important to share and celebrate Asian Heritage Month. It’s important to do culture share to our community.

There are a lot of people traveling to Asia country before pandemic, there have world’s oldest cultures, fascinating architecture, beautiful natural landscapes, delicious foods and friendly locals; they are interested at colorful Asia culture so they traveling around Asia. This is culture share!

I also think life is beautiful; we should spend our time in nice things. It may not always be comfortable and joyful. But it always manages to surprise us and to provide us with exciting opportunities for growth.

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