Coffee Milk

Coffee Milk

Jokingly, people may analogize the intermarriages between nations, races or whatever the term to ‘milk coffee’ marriage. It is simply the matter of, sorry, skin color or race. We do not have intention to be racialist. Indeed, this is the reality. As the name implies, it is only joke that often makes our hearts intrigued.

Jokingly, people may analogize the intermarriages between nations, races or whatever the term to ‘milk coffee’ marriage. It is simply the matter of, sorry, skin color or race. We do not have intention to be racialist. Indeed, this is the reality. As the name implies, it is only joke that often makes our hearts intrigued.

The term ‘coffee’ applies to dark or brown skin color. In Bali, it surely refers to Balinese themselves. Some Balinese people have no dark skin or brown skin but clean white. Meanwhile, the term ‘milk’ refers to strangers. Actually, it could be European, American, Japanese, Australian, Chinese and so forth. In short, they are strangers. However, this mostly refers to the white-skinned, sharp-nosed, blue-eyed, golden-yellow Westerners and so on. Anyway they are from the Caucasus race. These are their physical characterizes.

The ‘coffee’ could be a man or woman and so can the ‘milk’ can be a man and a woman. Jokingly, what is the reason for this intermarriage? Similarly, the answer can be joking: ‘to improve the offspring.’ It’s a joking answer. Later on, if the baby is born from the ‘coffee’ side, it can have higher physical characteristics, white skin color, sharp nose and so on. Does it improve the quality of the offspring?

But in truth, if observed, there is certainly a more ‘scientific’ reason of this phenomenon. It is a kind of acculturation, there is a perspective on equality in appreciating each other. This condition definitely appears not without cause. There are seeds of love broadcast. After that, they are replanted, fertilized, watered and then thrived. Then, it blooms and then bears fruits. Like the rules of nature, there are seeds that die, wither before having the opportunity to bloom. Some bear fruits tasting sour or bitter. Not all bear sweet fruits.

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This kind of trend remains to exist until these days. The motive may be shifting. It is not necessarily about love. There is a business or economic interest inside it. Or maybe there are some other reasons. Most importantly, there must be love, not just transactional marriage for the sake of economic-business interests. So, taking care of a marriage must also be done through synergy. It is the same as maintaining the Bali tourism today.

Various human races exist inside it. There are Balinese, Javanese, English, Australian, Japanese race and so forth. They are multi-religions, multi-races, multi-tribes and so on. It needs proper approach to manage it. The milk must be not too much or too little and so must be the coffee. Do not be too much or vice versa. Mix them to get the right and nice taste, so it will be comfortable to sip. What a true coffee-milk blend it is!  (Gde Palgunadi,gdepalgunadi@gmail.com)



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