Japanese Researcher and TDMRC Researchers Examines Three Phases of Crisis in Aceh

Banda Aceh – Magister Ilmu Kebencanaan (MIK) Universitas Syiah Kuala bersama dengan Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) conducted a research collaboration with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Kyoto University, Japan.

This research is related to family resilience in Aceh in facing three crises, namely during the GAM-RI conflict, the 2004 Tsunami, and the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Prof. Nishi Yoshimi from CSEAS as the Head of the Research Team in his statement, Saturday (2/25/2023), said that this research is very unique and can only be done in Aceh, because only this area has experienced three crises in the past half century.

“I was initially inspired by my friend in Aceh who has a fairly large family as a nuclear family, but the management in his family is very good and harmonious, so the idea for this research emerged,” said Nishi.

The results of the initial research, said Nishi, were presented at a workshop held at USK Banda Aceh on Thursday (23/2/2023).

She explained that this research aims to collect Acehnese family stories by highlighting how to survive through the three crises which will later be combined in a book.

According to him, Acehnese people love to tell stories, they convey their experiences through storytelling. But over time, these stories can disappear and no longer be conveyed to their children and grandchildren due to memory loss or death.

“It is unfortunate if important experiences that have been experienced and can become important information for the next generation, gradually disappear. Therefore, we want to help save these stories in books so that the information is preserved and can be spread to many people,” Nishi continued.

Nishi Yoshimi has known and been concerned with the life and history of Aceh since 1996The Japanese researcher, who is very proficient in Indonesian, was a visiting student at Syiah Kuala University for three years and since then Aceh has been the focus of his research. Nishi Yoshimi is currently a lecturer at Kyoto University and CSEAS Research Team for Indonesia.