A Heroine Between Cosmopolitan and Tradition
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- Sri Asih; Agency; Cosmopolitan and Tradition; Indonesian Comics
According to Boneff, Sri Asih is the first superhero comic in Indonesia. Sri Asih is depicted as a female superhero in Javanese traditional dress and make-up, similar to heroic female characters in wayang kulit epics. Sri Asih has superpower and optimal intelligence. The depiction of Sri Asih is in contrast to the depiction of Nani, Sri Asih’s alter-ego who is modern but not very sharp-witted. Furthermore, Indonesia’s process in embracing the modern world at that time was also illustrated through various modern technology products such as airplanes, cruise ships, world metropolitan cities such as Singapore, New York, London, Macau. In the depiction of modernity, Sri Asih appears in traditional dress and make-up. This juxtapose illustrates the socio-cultural uncertainty when Indonesia wants to be modern, but also wants to establish its nationalist identity at the same time. The juxtapose also led to the replacement of Sri Asih comics with wayangan comics which later popularized Kosasih as a national comic artist. This paper analyzes the Sri Asih comics as an intersection of capitals, female agencies in comics and trend of Indonesian popular culture.
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TY - CONF AU - Lilawati Kurnia PY - 2021 DA - 2021/11/21 TI - Sri Asih BT - Proceedings of the International University Symposium on Humanities and Arts 2020 (INUSHARTS 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 172 EP - 177 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211110.025 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.211110.025 ID - Kurnia2021 ER -