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,…

68 YEARS AGO – SEPTEMBER 2, 1945.

Although the end of Japan’s WWII occupation of the former Dutch East Indies is celebrated on August 15th (V-J Day), it was on September 2, 1945, more than two weeks later, when the official ceremony of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces was held on the United States Navy battleship USS Missouri.  It marked the end of…

Indo pride celebration at Florida Kumpulan.

On April 27, 2013, The Indo Project held its third Florida Kumpulan.  In excess of 100 people attended.  Needless to say, there was lots of good food, music, dancing and getting re-acquainted with old friends.  Drawing prizes included spekkoek, Bols jenever and several baskets filled with Dutch and Indo goodies, such as drop, hagelslag, bumbu…

Childhood friends reunite after 70 years.

Willem Nijholt’s childhood, like Ilse Evelijn Veere Smit’s, was cut short when the Japanese invaded his homeland, the DutchEast Indies. Like Ilse, he survived the war years in a concentration camp and the revolution that came after.  Like Ilse, he repatriated to the Netherlands and built a new life. But Willem never forgot his childhood friend, the…

Why Memorial On 15th Of August?

The Netherlands was liberated on May 5th, 1945. On that date, however, there was no liberation of the Dutch East Indies, a former colony of The Netherlands.  The Japanese continued to occupy the Dutch East Indies, as well as other parts of Asia, for months, after the liberation of Europe.  The (National) Memorial festivities on…

Statue honoring the Comfort Women.

The following blog is a difficult one to read. For the author, Ingrid Keizer Wilson, it proved to be an emotional roller coaster where horror, both real and imagined, joined forces in her mind. Read all about it in our Summer Newsletter 2013. Sign up and tell your friends and family about it! After you sign…