Transgenerational Trauma and Healing

In the Indo community, transgenerational trauma can be a significant factor. The Bersiap violence and displacement likely left deep scars on the first generation who experienced it directly. Even if unspoken, these experiences can be passed down through families. Children of Indo parents who lived through the Bersiap might grow up in a household marked by anxiety, depression, or hypervigilance, even if they themselves never directly faced violence. These coping mechanisms learned in childhood can then manifest as struggles in relationships or navigating new situations, creating a complex cycle of trauma within the Indo diaspora.

For a thorough introduction, we recommend you to start with the in-depth article ‘Transgenerational Trauma in the Indo Community‘, by Jamie Stern of The Indo Project.

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