Part 1: Colonialism, Family Relations & the Regulation of Belonging in the Dutch East Indies

By Dr Kathryn Pentecost, edited by Sierra Jacobs The series is based on PhD thesis (2013) entitled:  Selamat Jalan, sampai jumpa lagi (Farewell, until we meet again): Transcultural family stories from colonial and postcolonial Indonesia Section One: INTRODUCTION… Read More

John Von Bargen: “One who is proud to show… what an Indo can do!”

By Eric Morgan John, speaking at the 2016 Herdenking Ceremony During the August 2016 Herdenking Ceremony held at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, longtime Southern California Indo John von Bargen was asked to give the Invocation, as well… Read More


By Leroy Moorrees In July 1962, my parents, two brothers and I, left Vught / ‘s-hertogenbosch, the Netherlands for America. I remember very little from the ship, the Groote Beer that took us from Rotterdam to New York,… Read More


By: Priscilla Kluge McMullen. Grave # BB12. Ereveld Kembang Kuning,Surabaja, Indonesia. June 21 has always been a difficult day for the Kluge family, a supposedly joyful day announcing the start of the Summer, that somehow was often overshadowed by… Read More

America’s Gift

By Charlotte Van Steenbergen ©2003 Oh, America, when I first came and saw your beauty entering the harbor in New York. Shivers of excitement and anticipation went through me, upon seeing a Lady beckoning us holding high her… Read More

An Indo On A Mission: One Woman’s Passion To Share Her Gratitude To The United States

By Eric Morgan An Interview with Charlotte Van Steenbergen  I had the good fortune to be invited to hear an Indo lady named Charlotte Van Steenbergen, speak before a professional women’s networking group, on December 10th, at Laguna… Read More

Prisoner Number 124

By Suzanne Murphy. Mukden, Manchuria: Japanese Prisoner of War number 124 was interned in the infamous slave labor camp for a total of forty-four death defying months. This teen-aged, American U. S. Army, soldier’s name was Sigfreid “Siggy” Schreiner,… Read More

Brave Young Heart

By: Charlotte Van Steenbergen ©2007   A chance meeting with a young boy and his bravery in the concentration camp. Witnessed on a daily basis for some three plus years impacted many of us enduring extreme hardship systematic… Read More

Interview with Kees Kunstt, a longtime stalwart for the Indo Cause

By Eric Morgan Interview with Kees Kunstt on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Oom  Kees has always been an active voice in the SoCal Indo community. He and his wife Tante Margie, who are coming up on 45 years… Read More

An Indo ‘Doddy’ in Real Life and in Fiction.

Author: Kathryn Pentecost © 2013               The following is a story about my great-aunt Doddy. Was she named after Louis Couperus’s Doddy in his famous novel, De Stille Kracht (The Hidden Force), I ask myself? If not, then… Read More