Life of an Indonesian Kid


Every life is so similar as a baby: you sleep, eat, and play with your parents. As children get older, cultural differences become more apparent. In this field note, I will talk more about the life of an Indonesian child. I talked to about 5 children to get this information. I also want to say Indonesia is very big and the experience of a child in one city does not necessarily reflect the experience of children in another part of the country. 

What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?:

In Indonesia, rice (Nasi) is eaten at most meals. Breakfast is often Nasi Goreng, fried rice with some vegetables or maybe some chicken. Lunch is often Nasi with tempeh or tofu and peanut sauce with vegetables. For dinner, families often have curry or another spiced dish like Rendang with rice and some vegetables. 

What is your house like?:

Houses in Indonesia are usually small in the city with 2 bedrooms and a living room that is connected to the kitchen. The parents often share one of the bedrooms and the kids either all share the second bedroom or some share the second bedroom and some sleep on mattresses in the living room at night. Other houses are larger but have extended family living there including grandparents, aunts, cousins, etc.