Indonesia’s Date of Independence

Changing the date of Indonesia’s Date of Independence? An Act of Historical Negationism By Priscilla Kluge McMullen – October 2018 After reading yet another article penned by an academic in Amsterdam who advocates rolling back Indonesia’s date of… Read More

Annual Commemoration August 15, 1945 in LA focussed on younger generations

Most people commemorate the end of the Second World War in the Netherlands on May 4th and 5th May, but in fact the war only came to an end on 15 August. Then the Japanese domination of the… Read More

The Jewish community of the Dutch East Indies

Indonesia has a small Jewish population. In the 19th century, most of the Jews in the Dutch East Indies (now called Indonesia) were Dutch Jews from the Netherlands. The rest of the Jews in Indonesia were mainly immigrants from Iraq… Read More

On The Move In Indonesia

By Roger Green. Dokars: A dokar is the jiggling, horse-drawn cart found throughout Indonesia. The two-wheeled carts are usually brightly colored with decorative motifs and bells. The small horses or ponies often have long tassels attached to their… Read More

The Last Nyonya.

By Bianca Dias-Halpert, Washington, USA An article appeared in the magazine NOW! Bali August 2010 about a Dutch lady who has lived in Indonesia her entire life.  They were kind enough to let me share their findings with… Read More

Jeannette Lambert.

By Bianca Dias-Halpert It was with great pleasure to interview Jeannette Lambert from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Our Skype connection but for one tiny glitch went smoothly and we had a nice chat about our mutual heritage. Jeannette is… Read More

Memories of The East.

Book Review   By Bianca Dias-Halpert Title:  Memories of ‘The East’ Author:  Fridus Steijlen, KITLV Press ISBN-10:  906718199 4 ISBN-13:  9789067181990 This book offers a window into the past without having to wade through a lot of facts… Read More

Kamp Westerbork.

By Patricia Tiber, Arizona, USA In September I took my annual trek to the Netherlands and decided to spend some time in Drenthe, a province I had never visited before.  My request for exploring the ancient “Hunebedden,” (burial… Read More

The Band.

As told by Robin Kalhorn, Texas, USA Date: Circa 1938.  Place: Java (most likely Surabaya, perhaps Malang).  Event:  John Kiliaan and His Band promotional appearance at a Studebaker dealership.  Band leader Kiliaan is the man with the saxophone,… Read More

Beach and Wedding Photo.

As told by Carol Norwood of Pennsylvania, USA The photo from the home page slideshow is of Carol Norwood’s mother named Cita at the age of 2 in January of 1930.  They were walking with their baboe (nanny)… Read More