Save the date: Saturday Oct. 20th 2012

If you were born and raised in the USA and your grandparents left the former Netherlands East Indies as adults, then you are probably 3rd generation Indo. If so, then this event is for you.  The event theme of INDO USA GEN 3 is: REAWAKEN (the Indo within), RECONNECT (with likeminded) and REMEMBER (your heritage).…

Special call to emigrants from the former Dutch-Indies

Special call to emigrants from the former Dutch-Indies who departed to the US under provisions of the Pastore-Walter Act (1958-1962) In May 2013,  “Opgevangen in andijvielucht,” the new book by journalist Griselda Molemans, will be published on the reception of approximately 350,000 refugees from the former Dutch East Indies in The Netherlands.  Due to lack…

The Batik and the Cobek

Like many other Dutch-Indonesian refugees, our family took only a few meager possessions with us when we made the journey across the Atlantic from Holland to America. I was almost 4 at the time and once we arrived, we settled into a cramped and dark 2 ½ room apartment above an auto parts store on…

BRIDGING THE GAP IN DUTCH-INDONESIAN GENEALOGY.

When the Dutch government eventually granted independence to their former colony, the Dutch (Netherland) East Indies in 1949, a large community of some 200,000 Indos were forced to find a new homeland.  They were the offspring (descendants) of former Dutch and other European settlers, who often intermarried with women of Indonesian or other mixed ancestry. …

My Oom Bert Simon

A recent article in “De Java Post” about Oom Bert Simon, started me thinking.  Oom Bert was one of eight children; I don’t remember if he was the 3rd or 4th child.  He was very popular with the Indo/Indonesian community in Holland, as he was Station Manger for Garuda Indonesian Airways.  He was also my…