Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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This is us: Toward Tourism Imaginaries Construction in Siak and Singkawang
Syarifah Ratnawati, Ayu Putri Dewanti

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 524
Date: 2019-07-25 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Last modified: 2019-06-18


This paper examines the tourism imaginaries constructed from the host perspective. While there are many kinds of research look at the tourism issue from the interaction between the host and guest, in this paper, we would like to propose an examination of the response between the hosts themselves in terms of constructing tourism imaginaries for their areas. There are two field sites in Indonesia that we will elaborate in this paper. First is Siak, a district famous for their Malay culture, as previously it was a Sultanate. However, there are many other ethnicities lives in the district, like Javanese. The second site is Singkawang, an acclaimed diversely harmonious district who also have many ethnicities. Moreover, Singkawang is more known for their Chinese culture. From those situations, the two field sites have commonality in terms of ethnically diverse area with only one cultural entity is being prominent. Our research shows that tourism imaginaries constructed by prominent communities are responded differently by certain communities in the host themselves. Being unfit with prominent tourism imaginaries, a certain community in Siak is making a self-commodification in terms of constructing their own imaginary, while another community in Singkawang is responding to the situation by doing negotiation. For this paper, we will elaborate more on the interaction in-between hosts regarding tourism imaginaries for their area. Furthermore, we would like to give more consideration on the study of interaction in tourism between the host itself, as the anthropology of tourism should already move from the study of global tourism imaginaries made by the west to the non-west to the situation happened between host itself.


Keywords: Host, Negotiation, Self-Commodification, Tourism Imaginaries