by The Indo Project
Indos are thriving worldwide. Sometimes, however, Indos in California may not feel that sense of communal belonging or historical presence, and yet we truly are an authentic community. To this point, Dutch freelance journalist Inge Oosterhoff, has published a wonderful new long form article in the Dutch newspaper, De Groene Amsterdammer, which excavates the long history of Indos in the U.S. (primarily California) stretching all the way back to the 1950s.
In this well researched and deeply investigated article, she provides the important context to how The Indo Project came to exist and how we all continue to do the work of those that came before us – De Indo Magazine, UNO, De Soos, Avio, the DURF, the 1945 (Herdenking) Comité, the Wapenbroeders, the Dutch Soccer Club and so many more organizations who kept our cultural identity and markers alive for this and the next generations.
Ms. Oosterhoff has graciously translated the article to English and published it to her website at https://www.inge-o.com at the request of The Indo Project’s co-founder and chair, Priscilla Kluge-McMullen, who was interviewed extensively for the article. You will also find interesting interviews with Michael Passage of SoCal Indos, Henny Neys of American Cultural Heritage Association (NACHO), and Andrea Gruber Matthias of Dutch Indos of San Diego along with beautiful one of a kind photographs from Ms. Gruber Matthias’s personal archives.
Ms. Oosterhoff is a freelance journalist from the Netherlands, currently living in New York City who has been published in a number of important publications like The Correspondent, De Groene Amsterdammer, Radio Doc, and more. Please read the article, it takes about fifteen minutes. Those will be some of the best fifteen minutes you’ll spend today.