Jakarta student: #KamiTidakTakut: We are not afraid

Demonstrators hold placards during a vigil outside the damaged Starbucks coffee shop in central Jakarta on January 15, 2016, a day after a series of explosions hit the Indonesian capital. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Jakarta student Audia Azani reports that terrorists involved in last week’s attacks failed to terrorise city residents, many of whom watched the fight calmly as spectators. Meanwhile, the social media was focused on a particularly handsome police officer.

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“My name is Audia Azani from Indonesia. I'm originally from South Borneo, but right now I live in Jakarta where I'm a student of Meteorology. I'm interested in learning English and I want to improve my English by visiting the Bangkok Post Learning website frequently. But I realise that I can't improve very much if I'm just a passive learner, so I decided to send in this short report (on the situation in Jakarta after last week’s attack) and I hope this will help me to improve.”

Message from Jakarta student: #KamiTidakTakut: We are not afraid

By Audia Azani

A meme by a Facebook Fanpage Apptoko.com which represents how Indonesians have been dealing with terrorism. Translation: "People sell satay, nuts, and take a selfie instead. Damn Indonesia! #WeAreNotAfraid".

If you have a Twitter account, you might see the hashtag #KamiTidakTakut which became a “Worldwide Trending Topic” on Thursday, January 14, 2016. That hashtag means “We are not afraid” in Bahasa Indonesia. Indonesians used that hashtag as a symbol of their bravery in the fight against terrorism. The hashtag appeared as a result of the terrorist attack in Jakarta where bombs and gunshots made the scene look just like that of the November attacks in Paris. Indonesians insisted on saying they were “not afraid” through the social media.

But, are they really not afraid?

Actually, the main purpose of terror is making people feel afraid and insecure. But, it doesn’t work for Jakarta people. When the incident occurred, many people came to the attack site to watch the police and the terrorists fight each other. They watched it calmly just like watching a movie shoot.

A few hours after the incident, someone shared a picture via Path of a man who sold satay. He said that the satay booth was only 100 meters from the location of the terrorist attack. And it was not only the satay man; other sellers also came to the site and offered many things like drinks, nuts and fruit as snacks for people who came to the attack scene. Even an army officer bought mangoes from a seller.

Besides #KamiTidakTakut, the hashtag #KamiNaksir (We have a crush on someone) also went viral. It was because there was a police officer at the scene who looked handsome and fashionable. Instead of talking about terrorism, people in social media (mostly girls) were more interested in talking about that handsome police officer.

So, we can  learn from Jakarta (and Indonesian people) about how the social media can have a big psychological impact on others. Jakarta people recovered really fast. Soon after the terror, people were able continue their activities normally. But still, people should always be on guard because an attack might come anytime.

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  • activity (noun): a thing that you do for work, interest or pleasure, or in order to achieve a particular aim - กิจกรรม
  • actually: used for stressing what is really true or what really happened - ตามความเป็นจริง
  • appear: to be seen - ปรากฏ
  • attack (noun): an action that you take to try to stop or change something that you feel is bad; an act of trying to hurt or kill somebody - การโจมตี
  • be on guard (idiom): ready for any possible danger; alert for danger - เตรียมพร้อมต่อสู้, เตรียมป้องกัน
  • bravery: a willingness to do things which are difficult, dangerous or painful without being afraid - ความกล้าหาญ
  • calmly: in a relaxed way without anxiety - อย่างใจเย็น, อย่างไม่ตื่นเต้น, อย่างสงบ
  • crush (noun): liking someone a lot (innocent love) who you don't know well; puppy love - have a crush on someone หลงรักหรือคลั่งใครคนใดคนหนึ่ง
  • dealing with: taking appropriate action in a particular situation or according to who you are talking to, managing, etc. - รับมือ
  • fashionable: following a style that is popular - ทันสมัย, เป็นที่นิยม, นำสมัย
  • frequently: happening often - บ่อยๆ
  • handsome: attractive; good-looking - รูปหล่อ
  • hashtag: a word or a phrase with a "#" before it, that marks something as belonging to a certain category or relevant -
  • impact (noun): an effect or influence - ผลกระทบ
  • improve: to make better - ทำให้ดีขึ้น
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • insecure: Not secure; not confident of safety or permanence; distrustful; suspicious; apprehensive of danger or loss - ขาดความมั่นใจ
  • insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
  • location: where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
  • meme: an idea or piece of information that spreads very quickly on the Internet -
  • meteorology: the scientific study of weather - อุตุนิยมวิทยา
  • normally: as usual; properly - ตามปกติ
  • occurred (verb): happened - เกิดขึ้น
  • originally: the situation that existed at the beginning of a particular period or activity, especially before something was changed - อย่างเป็นอันแรก, โดยแรกเริ่ม
  • passive: accepting what happens or what people do without trying to change anything or take action - อยู่เฉยๆ, ไม่ดิ้นรน, ไม่ดิ้นรน, เฉื่อย
  • psychological: connected with a person's mind and the way in which it works - ทางด้านจิตใจ, ทางจิตวิทยา
  • purpose: the intention to achieve something - ความตั้งใจ, ความประสงค์, ความปรารถนา, ความตั้งใจ
  • recover (verb): to become normal and healthy again - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ, ฟื้นฟูร่างกาย
  • scene: site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
  • site: a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
  • situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
  • snack: a small meal or amount of food, usually eaten in a hurry - อาหารว่าง, อาหารเบาๆ
  • social media: the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์
  • symbol: someone or something that represents a particular idea or quality - สัญลักษณ์
  • terror: violence used for making people very frightened in order to achieve political aims - การก่อการร้าย  การสร้างความหวาดกลัว
  • terrorism: the use of violence to achieve political aims - การใช้ความรุนแรงเพื่อข้อเรียกร้องทางการเมือง
  • terrorist: of someone who uses violence in order to  achieve political aims - ผู้ก่อการร้าย
  • trending (adj): being discussed a lot on a social media website - ถูกกล่าวถึงมากในเว็บไซต์สื่อโซ'เชิล (เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์)
  • viral: (of a video, photo, story, etc.) spread across the internet very quickly (like a virus spreading a disease) as people share it with their friends or the news media reports on it - แพร่กระจายผ่านทางอินเทอร์เน็ตอย่างรวดเร็ว
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