Indonesian storyteller Kho Ping Hoo was quite the household name, especially among Chinese Indonesians, during the New Order era, when this segment of society were discouraged from openly displaying their cultural identity. His novels, which were mostly fictional stories involving Chinese martial arts, in many ways helped Chinese Indonesians learn more about their roots. Ironically, the author — whose full name is Asmaraman Sukowati Kho Ping Hoo —began to wane in popularity after the country underwent reformasi and citizens were able to express and appreciate Chinese cultural traits. I arrived at Bentara Budaya Bali, which is located on Jl. The exhibition also included a discussion about Kho Ping Hoo and there were plenty of comic books and other visual adaptations from other cartoonists.
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The adventures began with a tiny, thin book. The cover was simple, with only two colors and bearing an illustration of a fight between Chinese warriors. With the pen name Kho Ping Hoo, Asmaraman created some of the most famous stories in Indonesia in the s and s.
His tales inspired movies, television series and radio shows. Throughout his career, he wrote books of Wuxia stories and 24 books taking place in Indonesian kingdoms.
He was especially celebrated for the ways he described each tale, character and the minute details of every weapon and clothing item. He also had a penchant for incorporating Chinese terms in his writing, a new insight for Indonesian readers. Asmaraman was born in Sragen, Central Java, on August 17, In his youth, he would often move from place to place and change jobs, from selling traditional medicines to providing transportation services.
He began writing in the s, during his time in Tasikmalaya city, West Java. His short stories appeared in local magazines, such as Liberty , Star Weekly and Pancawarna. His first foray into martial arts tales began in with The Heirloom Sword of the White Dragon , a series he wrote for Teratai magazine.
The stories became more popular when they were republished by Analisa magazine. After his first success, Kho Ping Hoo set his eyes on martial arts stories. In , he founded CV Gema, a publishing house in Surakarta, Central Java, to help him produce and distribute the books. More than 50 years later, CV Gema is still in the business. Bunawan Sastraguna, the oldest son-in-law of Kho Ping Hoo, is the head of operations. The company is located at the house where Kho used to live in a small alley in Gandekan, Surakarta.
Read also: In Surakarta, Chinese-Indonesians heal old wounds for sake of harmony. A picture of Kho, who died in , hangs on the main wall of the house, amid thousands of books ready for distribution. The books are arranged based on the titles, and people are welcome to purchase them at the company or through their website.
He added that the business was maintained purely as a moral obligation to fans of Kho Ping Hoo, who wished to buy the books. Currently, Bunawan is collaborating with several parties in a bid to introduce Kho Ping Hoo to a younger audience. He plans to present the stories on a website, in e-books and through an animated series. With the recent trend of popular superhero movies inspired by local classics, there is hope that the tales created by Kho Ping Hoo will receive a similar treatment.
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Sidharta Myra. Asmaraman Sukowati Kho Ping Hoo b. In: Archipel , volume 48, Actually, he wrote that very first story out of necessity. He had established a new magazine for short stories with some friends and had approached a translator of this genre of stories to become a regular contributor. The latter, however, refused, saying that he was too busy.
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The adventures began with a tiny, thin book. The cover was simple, with only two colors and bearing an illustration of a fight between Chinese warriors. With the pen name Kho Ping Hoo, Asmaraman created some of the most famous stories in Indonesia in the s and s. His tales inspired movies, television series and radio shows.
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