The Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia (MCCSA) has awarded some groups of women for their tireless efforts in the community. AS part of International Women’s Day, this award shines a light on some of the quiet achievers who have contributed to their community. For the 2022 awards, nine women have proudly become a recipient of this award, one of them is Tji Srikandi-Goodhart, from the Indonesian Community.
Tji has been an active member of the Australian-Indonesian Association of SA inc. (AIASA) since its inception in 1968, the aim of which is to promote better understanding and goodwill between the Indonesian and Australian people, based on friendship, respect and trust. As President of the AIASA from 2014-to 2016, Tji coordinated the annual Indofest-Adelaide, a major festival involving more than 20 Indonesian community groups.
The AIASA also provides a platform to nurture cohesion among the ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse Indonesian communities in South Australia and aspires to represent them at an inter-governmental soft-diplomacy level.
Throughout her student and early working life, Tji shared her love, skills, and knowledge of the land of her birth with fellow Australians through Indonesian performing arts as a traditional dancer, choreographer, gamelan player and presenter at many events. She also taught Indonesian dancing over the years, including to schoolteachers of Indonesian language and culture, who in turn could teach their students.