Jamie Stern is a third generation Indo born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her Indo roots come from her loving mother, Terri, who was born in Semarang, Indonesia. Terri’s family left Indonesia in 1958 and repatriated to the Netherlands where they stayed for four years before immigrating to the US in the early 1960s. Like most Indo families, Terri’s family experienced the extreme political turmoil as the Dutch East Indies transitioned into independent Indonesia. The effects of this experience left lasting trauma within the family.

Jamie studied Physical Geography and Cartography at University of Southern California. She went on to earn a Master’s in Physical Geography with her focus on Geomorphology. Jamie then turned her attention to Cultural Geography and studied the migration pattern of the displaced Indo population. She earned another Master’s in Cultural Geography, which was largely based on the work she’s done for TIP’s ethnographic research. Through her studies, Jamie began to direct her attention to the deep generational trauma shared within the community. She began studying Neuroscience and Psychology which allowed her to complete a third Master’s. She is a therapist and certified neurofeedback clinician at a trauma center in Malibu, California. In 2016, she presented her research at Leiden University, NL. Read the recap HERE. Jamie is now a Doctoral candidate continuing her studies in Neuroscience, Trauma Reprocessing, and Psychology. As a member of the third generation, she focuses on reaching out to other young Indos while documenting the unique Indo culture, in English, to help preserve it for future generations.

“I feel enthusiastically committed to reaching out to third-generation Indos who seek and deserve the knowledge of our deep and rich history; one of the most unique cultural groups in the world! I feel honored to have this opportunity to serve my Indo community and feel that by doing so, I am also honoring the lives of my beloved Oma and Opa.” 

 jamies @ theindoproject.org   (to avoid spam we added spaces – please retype the email address)