First In The Nation, Little Indonesia Launches In Somersworth, N.H.
Written and Photographed By Alli Fam, NHPR
May 16, 2021
When Luis Enoch of Somersworth came to New Hampshire in 1999, he was one of a handful of Indonesians. That’s not the case now, he laughs, where his hometown has around 2,000 people of Indonesian descent.
This weekend, the Little Indonesia Cultural Center opened its doors, marking Phase One of the project to bring the U.S's first Little Indonesia to Somersworth. Enoch was overjoyed to be a part of the celebration, which included a ribbon cutting, dancing, speakers, and food.
“This is good for us, for the Indonesian community here,” Enoch said. Little Indonesia, he explains, is “for our future.” He says it will be an icon for the local community, and a place where tourists can come to learn about Indonesian culture and support local businesses.