Zwarte Hollanders
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Zwarte Hollanders

Did you know that The Netherlands recruited 3000 men in Elmina (now Ghana) in the 19th century and shipped them to Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)?  These African soldiers lived in Java and Sumatra. They started a family with local women. Their offspring is called Zwarte Hollanders, Black Dutchies or Londo Ireng in Javanese. Today … Continue reading

Indië herdenking
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Indië herdenking

15 August 1945 marked the end of World War II in Asia. Japanese emperor Hirohito officially issued a capitulation declaration. This date is the day of Indië herdenking or Indies memorial in The Netherlands. Dutchies commemorate those who died during the war every year. Why is this called Indies memorial? Because Japan occupied Indies (now … Continue reading

Back to the roots
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Back to the roots

Yesterday my husband and I went to Tong Tong Fair in The Hague. It is the biggest Eurasian Fair in the world. We loyally come to this event because it is part of the Indo culture. Indo here is not an abbreviation of Indonesian but Indo means Eurasian from The Netherlands Indies. Last post I … Continue reading

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Summer holiday part 1: Jakarta

3 days ago I was back to The Netherlands after nearly a month vacationing in Indonesia. I went there with 3 families (my brother in law’s, my husband’s friend and our’s). The group consists of  6 adults and 4 kids varying  from 9 – 13 years old. We traveled through Java and Bali within 28 days. I have … Continue reading

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SBY & RMS

Kemarin, 5 oktober 2010, presiden Indonesia membatalkan kunjungan resmi kenegaraan ke Belanda di menit-menit terakhir sebelum keberangkatan. Berita ini menyebar di Belanda kira-kira jam 11 pagi. Saat itu saya sedang dikantor yang tidak memungkinkan untuk menulis rangkuman mengenai reaksi pers disini. Gregetan karena reaksi pers di Indonesia dan pemberitaan yang netral di Belanda saya memutuskan … Continue reading