Some Differences between Indonesian and American Culture

There are many differences between Indonesian and American culture. Here are some examples that make them different:

First, is about eating food in the United States and Indonesia. Indonesian people eat the same food every day for lunch and dinner. That is rice. Rice is a main food for Indonesian folk. Even so, they eat it with other foods, like meat and vegetables. On the other hand, American people eat a variety of foods each day. In particular, they eat pizza, sandwiches, pasta or noodles, and sometimes meat for dining.

Another difference is how people prepare the food for lunch and dinner. In the United States, people take a longer time to prepare dinner than lunch. They cook the food approximately one and half-hours before eating. On the other hand, in Indonesia, people take a longer time to prepare a lunch than a dinner. For dinner, they usually warm the food that was cooked at noon instead of making more.

A final difference in eating food between the United States and Indonesia is the taste of the food. In general, Americans prefer a sweet taste or a little bit salty in their food. In contrast, most Indonesian people like a hot and spicy taste in their food. Also, Indonesian would like to eat food that still warms instead of food that is not warm anymore. Therefore they always warm their food before eating. On the other hand, American people admit to eat food that isn’t warm, like sandwiches.

Second, the different of driving a car. In general, the similarity of driving in the U.S and Indonesia is driver has to respect to pedestrians when they meet them on the street, specifically when the pedestrian want to across the street. They have to give opportunity to pedestrian first when the traffic light is red before they continue driving. If they don’t obey this rule, and an accident happens, they will get fine.

On the other hand, there are some different in driving in the U.S. and Indonesia. For example, crossing street without traffic light. People in the United States more respect to the pedestrian than in Indonesia in this situation. In Indonesia, a driver doesn’t care about pedestrian, if they don’t across the street on the appropriate place, like at traffic light. They keep driving fast, although they see pedestrian want to across the street. In contrast, in the U.S. driver always respect to pedestrian, although they across the street without traffic light.

Third, what Indonesians and Americans do when they are sneezing? In Indonesia, there are two kinds of action if they are sneezing. One, people will say “Maaf” when they are sneezing. It means “Sorry” in English. It shows a refine of the people. In this type, usually people who hear the sneeze don’t do or say something. They ignore it, because the sneezer already said sorry. Two, people who are sneezing will say “Alhamdulillah”. The people who hear the sneeze will say”Yarhamukallah”. Saying the words is also to respect the people close to the sneezer. It is Arab language. Moslem people usually use it. But in America, people usually don not say anything.

Forth and the last, the United States is very unique in the world because the accreditation or the system for setting national standards of quality in education is not administrated by government, but by committees of educators and private agencies like the Middle State Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Society of Engineers. Meanwhile, Indonesia is administrated by the government.


43 Komentar (+add yours?)

  1. Usup Supriyadi
    Apr 23, 2011 @ 05:42:03



    Mei 09, 2011 @ 03:37:36

    thanks a lot for your article here! I’m very pleased if i may know you well, I am an English learner too, but I find myself is till too hard to be called great on it, I think need to know you to help me be better,,, please don’t say No” hehehe,,, please send me ok!


    • Rimma Mutiara Putri
      Mei 10, 2011 @ 03:29:22

      Hello.. Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate that. I can`t say that my English is good too. But it is a MUST for me to have this ability because I have the biggest dream that related with it. Anyway, why is it hard to find your blog? DBS is always there when i open yours.


  3. Christina Sallem
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 08:24:27

    This article has opened my mind. I do not know at all about the differences between indonesian and american culture before. Today i have an examination about Cross Culture Understanding. may this can help me. Thank you. ^^


    • Rimma Mutiara Putri
      Agu 18, 2011 @ 03:05:05

      Hello Christina. I’m sorry because i just reply your comment now. Are you American? Thank you for reading, I’m very happy and really appreciate that.


  4. hendika
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 15:14:59

    great article 🙂


  5. Claudia
    Okt 03, 2011 @ 05:09:37

    hi Rimma 🙂 I’m Claudia.
    I’m Indonesian but I live in USA, to attend college.
    I just want to make an addition in your article.
    When American people are sneezing, they always say “Bless you”

    I like your article anyway.
    you did good job 🙂


  6. Claudia
    Okt 03, 2011 @ 05:17:51

    Sorry, it was a mistake. I meant, when they sneeze, they will say “excuse me” and the other people will say “Bless you”



  7. desrin
    Okt 10, 2011 @ 11:50:14

    hello Rimma,,
    I’M DESY…
    your article is too good,,
    so interested too read it,
    as christina said that your article can help me to know the diffrences between Indonesian culture and American one,,


  8. goest
    Okt 23, 2011 @ 15:27:03

    thanks a lot rimma,your articel help me to doing the assignment from my lecturer.. 🙂


  9. Hari
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 08:14:01

    Nice article rimma..


  10. herman
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 09:02:14

    good article ! i will waiting for the next article
    u can also explain about the differences of education between America and Indonesia


  11. yana
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 13:35:10

    finally, I found my assignment
    thanks a lot. 🙂


  12. fietrie
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 02:49:59

    nice article…
    Iam very interesting u’r article…
    is there the other article about that..??


  13. Riyan
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 11:04:06

    USA boleh unik tapi INA tetap lebih beradab. Contoh sneezing tadi..


  14. marlen rahmawati
    Mei 17, 2012 @ 05:02:49

    differences is beutiful, 🙂


  15. ega vansela
    Mei 29, 2012 @ 13:42:26

    be special, be different 🙂


  16. Ijtahidah Dwi Indriyani
    Jul 19, 2012 @ 13:55:14

    you’re wrong. nope, they do say “God bless” when other is sneezing. they do say that.


  17. Velnisa
    Agu 02, 2012 @ 15:13:55

    It is a nice article… i like it!!! keep up the good work!!! 🙂


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    Agu 04, 2012 @ 11:07:48

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  19. muti
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 20:06:51

    good article 🙂 . May I take it as reference?. thanks before


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    Okt 07, 2012 @ 23:42:21

    I like cheese


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    Okt 07, 2012 @ 23:43:02

    I like cats


  22. Elephant
    Okt 07, 2012 @ 23:44:05

    I like cats and dogs!


  23. chicken
    Okt 07, 2012 @ 23:46:47

    why you like cats and dogs? ^


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    Nov 05, 2012 @ 23:08:27

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  25. Qoreader
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 08:14:33

    thank you very much, this helps for my paper.


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    Jan 06, 2013 @ 18:32:54

    ok may be can add more specially about education, social life and bussnise okkkk.


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    Jan 15, 2013 @ 16:11:45

    this article is very good! you’ve just helped me to do my assignment from lecturer, thank you for posted it.


  28. medina
    Jan 27, 2013 @ 22:11:15

    One big mistake you made here. One is that when people sneeze in America, most Americans will say “Bless you” which is short for “God Bless You”. Maybe originally this saying had a religious connotation, but in today’s culture it is just courtesy to say this.


  29. Tazi. Mushati
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 10:57:45

    Thanx this is great, I needed an article on Indonesia for my Indonesian lessons
    Im learning the langauge and I find it awesome, a little difficle but all the well, fascinating:)


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  34. math bitch
    Jun 12, 2013 @ 10:48:55

    Indonesian is the best


  35. fhito
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 06:56:17

    thank’s miss rina because i have find answer of my assigment to my lecturer about cross culture understanding..


  36. Abby Wiliamson
    Des 20, 2013 @ 11:21:55

    I’m American and I live in Indonesia, and you’re mostly wrong about American culture. Not everything, but a lot.


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  38. evelyn nadya
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 14:49:09

    you’re wrong! in USA we says bless you when people sneeze. you absolutely don’t know about USA.


    • May
      Jun 30, 2016 @ 22:55:08

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