Part of Ottilie’s family history lies in the former Dutch East Indies. For several generations, her family on her mother’s side lived there as engineers, doctors, plantation managers, KNIL officers, and teachers. She grew up in The Hague, where the Indies culture is quite engrained in daily life. Her grandmother and mother regularly cooked Indies…

Sjoekje F. Sas(a)bone, LCSW, EMHA has served the mental health field since 1984 in various capacities. This includes serving as a volunteer, educator, administrator, philanthropist, board member, public speaker, and California Board Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Sjoekje has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), an Executive Masters in…

Florida Events Committee Member

Marghuerita Ilcken Scaglione was born in Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands. Her parents Edward Ilcken and Wynanda Clarenbach Ilcken were both from Java. The family immigrated to the United States, on the Grote Beer in in 1957 and settled in Riverside, Ca. Marghuerita’s professional life included running a construction related business in Las Vegas, Nevada, being a public speaker…

I am a 2nd generation Dutch-Indo born in Amsterdam and raised in Amersfoort which is where my parents settled shortly after repatriating to the Netherlands from Indonesia. My mother was born in Bandjarmasin, Borneo (Indonesia) to a Dutch-Indo mother of Portuguese Dutch and Jewish ancestry. My father was born in Meester Cornelius, Indonesia to an Indo-Dutch…

I am a second-generation Indo, born in Jakarta. My parents, Anton F. Steenkamp and Christien Paulus Steenkamp, were born in Indonesia. In 1955, the family of five were repatriated to the Netherlands, where a younger sister was born. After seven years of cold winters and temperate summers in Den Haag, the family of parents, two…

Webmaster Assistant

Monica Cluff is a third-generation Indo born and raised in southern California.  Daughter of Piet and Margaret Veerman, both Indos who immigrated separately to the US in 1960, she is a first generation American. She is the oldest of four children. Monica studied computer science both at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and Cal Poly…

Member at Large

Josina is a second generation Indo. She was born, raised and lives in the heart of the Netherlands. She will focus on Indo Group activities and reporting on them. She is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker from 1986. She publishes magazines, books and videos for newspapers, bands and private individuals. Her father was the son of…

Vice Chair

Jeff Keasberry is a third generation Indo and was born in Amsterdam and raised in his grandmother’s Indonesian restaurant Djokja, of which he became the proprietor at the age of 18. Jeff has a background in the hospitality & shipping industry with experience in business development and supply chain management. As self-proclaimed curator of Indo Dutch…

Sierra Jacob is an MFA graduate at the University of Montana, where she received the Richard Hugo Memorial Scholarship for poetry. She is a third generation Indo and currently edits articles for the Indo Project. Her poetry has appeared in Cream City Review, Sonora Review, Yemassee, The Louisville Review, Hawai`i Pacific Review, Pacifica Literary Review…

Priscilla, Founder and Chair of The Indo Project, was born in Jakarta, on the island of Java in the former Dutch East Indies. She is of Indo-European ancestry, with a father of German Dutch descent and mother who is Indonesian.  As what so often happened to Indo families after Indonesia’s independence, her family “repatriated” from Indonesia…