“Kiss me I’m Indo and Irish!”

By Jamie Stern Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Let’s all celebrate with the Irish! Interestingly, among our TIP supporters we have discovered at least 30 of our constituents are Irish and Indo mixes. And it’s likely that we have plenty more out there! Meanwhile, the rest of us can make-believe that we each have a just…

Happy Valentine’s Day.

by Jamie Stern Love is universal—but we already know that! This isn’t something new—it’s been around for a very long time. We know that love enriches lives. We know that love sometimes complicates lives! And still we gravitate toward love because it makes life more fun, more interesting, more comforting and more exciting. Love gives…

Santa Maria in Tjideng.

By Tim O’Callaghan Originally posted in October 2010 by Tim O’Callaghan http://flattiresandslowboats.com/2010/10/24/santa-maria-in-tjideng/ Tjideng was a prison camp for European women and children who lived in what was then the Dutch East Indies. I visited for the first time in 2005 and even though I have no experiences to call my own, in regard to camp…

My Personal Hotel Rwanda

By Inez Hollander, Ph.D When Fré Francken and the other evacuees mounted the flatbed truck in the Gubeng neighborhood of Surabaya, she had only one thing on her mind; return to the Netherlands as fast as possible, away from years of starvation in the Japanese internment camps and sadly, away also from her dead husband,…

Kumis Kucing through the ages.

Under this heading I submitted a rather extended essay to MOESSON in the Netherlands. It was published in the December 1985 and January 1986 edition and I received several inquiries from the public at that time. This is a short summary of that article.  Kumis kucing, remoedjoeng, cat’s whiskers or kidney tea, its English names,…