I was born on July 2, 1968 in Leidschendam, Netherlands and grew up in Den Haag (The Hague). Spent a year in Reno, NV in 1986-87 as an exchange student. Got my Masters in Technical Informatics at the TU Delft where I met my husband. I traveled for half a year through S.E. Asia and Central America. Lived & worked for an internet startup on Curacao (Netherlands Antilles) from 1995-1999. Traveled for a year through S.E. Asia and moved to San Francisco in 2000. Studied 2 years of Bahasa Indonesia at UC Berkeley (but lost most of that from not getting enough practice…).
Both my maternal grandmother’s and grandfather’s families have their history in Indonesia. My mother (born in Bandung in 1942) and her mother survived camp Karees, Ambarawa 9 and Banjoebiroe. Unfortunately her father didn’t survive the Burma Railway camps. I have visited his grave at Kanchanaburi. I found the museum there at the river Kwai very impressive and always thought there should be something like that about the camps in Indonesia. So I am very excited to be part of making this happen!