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Main Site – Brood met

Urgh. The software died a horrible death, although this blog survived.

I’m going to have to completely start from scratch. I had tweaked and insanely customized the main site, so it became pretty much impossible to do a one-click upgrade with each new release, so now I may go to something more generic.

In any case, maybe with the new year, it’s a sign that I need a new start and I new simpler direction. I originally wanted to set up something more social and a little side business, but I’ve found that the Dutch and Dutch-Indonesians are more scattered in America’s Pacific Northwest, and the Dutch here are a hell of a lot less welcoming than they are in the Midwest.

In Michigan, you can’t swing a cat without hitting a Nederlander or an Indo (consider Holland, Michigan). Here, it’s mostly Asians and Norwegians. There’s a few little stores about every 100 miles apart, but the mountain ranges, bodies of water, and political correctness make it difficult to find unique cultural communities. They can’t even make a Chinatown. It’s just a “International District.”

So, I’ll be starting Brood met Kass, not this blog, from scratch. Maybe try a new Unix CMS (for you HTML geeks). Something more generic for easier upgrading.

Meanwhile, well kids, I’m off to work. Have an awesome Christmas or whatever the heck you celebrate.

I hope Black Pete stuffs you into a bag, by the way, you rats that hacked my credit cards this year.

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“Contract Hotels Djangan Loepah” (Do Not Forget)

DVD Now Available  – “Contract Hotels Djangan Loepah” (Do Not Forget)

Documentary from Holland with English subtitles

  • What happened when Indos first arrived in Holland from Indonesia
  • What was it like to speak the same language but treated as foreigners 
  • What was it like to have the same citizenship but treated as aliens   
  • Why did the booklet Djangan Loepah create such a stir 

Find out in this compelling documentary and learn of their journey.

Help preserve our Indo heritage.  Share with the next generations.

The Indo Project has a limited amount of DVD’s available for distribution.  With your donation of $25 you will receive this moving documentary and help support The Indo Project mission. Proceeds directly support the work of The Indo Project.

Why should you have this film in your home library?  

  • This documentary is evidence of the hardships endured after massive evacuation from the Dutch East Indies.
  • This documentary presents an opportunity to teach the younger generations about their Indo heritage and what their parents and grandparents experienced.  
  • Excellent gift for anyone interested in this part of history.
  • Easy to use.  This is an NTSC version with English subtitles.  Just pop into DVD player rather than having to find a player that will play the PAL version

This particular version contains extra footage about the production itself and includes the booklet Djangan Loepah in Dutch.

Description of the Booklet Djagang Loepeh:

The producers of the documentary titled the film after an instructional booklet written by the Dutch government.  This booklet titled Do Not Forget (Djagang Loepah) was a clumsy attempt by the Dutch government to orient and train the new repatriates to Dutch society and learn their ways.

The irony of course is that the new arrivals were already fully educated in the Dutch school system and spoke perfect Dutch, amongst many other languages.  The difference was that they came from the tropics and some happen to have darker skin.  Naturally, this manual to living in Dutch society was insulting, patronizing and eventually became a source of amusement more than fifty years later.  It was not amusing at the time being in a state of complete displacement.

This booklet and documentary is testimony to the remarkable fortitude of the Indo people.  It is a treasure to add to your collection.

Trailer (in Dutch):

Payment Instructions

From Canada and USA:

Check or money order in amount of $25 US payable to The Indo Project

Mail To:
The Indo Project
914 164th St SE
Suite B12-214
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Outside Canada and USA contact:
Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich

From the Indo Project Newsletter…

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And just when you thought it was safe to be Dutch

Bar RectumInterior viewIf you’re thinking of opening a bar, think mainstream design. Otherwise, you might hire an architect like the Dutch artist Atelier Van Lieshout, who gave us BarRectum, a long and winding rendition of the human digestive system, with the “tongue” at one end and the “sphincter” at the other. It is/was open for business outside a Vienna museum. Problem: Most patrons have to sit in the “rectum” area. Problem: The emergency exit is the poop chute.  Boing Boing

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Family Tree

1966 October 01

I used to be cute.

A while back, I started trying to find out more about my family tree. There wasn’t anyone around that I could or would want to ask about it, so I just jotted down what information I knew.

See, genealogists occasionally sell their services, and promised me they could track back my family history as far back as when they first entered the US. Well, duh, that was 1951. Not exactly a  deeply US rooted family tree.

Anyway, a while back, I posted Family History, Introduction,  My Father’s StoryMy Mother’s StoryMy Indo Heritage, and My Indo Heritage 2. This is what I love about the Internet. A cousin I knew nothing about found one of the posts, and wrote to me that he though we were related. We were! His grandfather was my grandfather’s brother. That’s Bart Veenstra, by the way. He’s an anthropologist, and he goes all over the place. As of this writing, he’s in Ghana, putting in semi-jury-rigged water filtration thingy. I think that improvisational trait runs through the family. My usual supplies include duct tape and clothes hangers.

With Bart’s help, the Allen County Clerk’s Office, and the Allen County Public Library’s genealogical staff, I was able to fill up some holes.

So this is my family tree (pdf). Fine, more of a family bush. I’m sure I didn’t do it in a correct genealogical method, but it takes some weird twists and turns, and ended up much wider than it was tall. Happens in extended families.

Anyway, if you’re related, I’d appreciate hearing from you.

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Calling on Indo Diaspora

I have to thank Bianca at for the following information:

Hello All,

Professor Dewulf from University of California has launched a research project about the Indo Diaspora.  Please see announcement below.  If you would like to respond, you can either send me your information and I’ll gather it all together or contact him directly.

Dank je wel,

The Dutch Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley recently started a research project related to literature from and about the “Indo” community in the diaspora. In this context, we are looking for all types of text (such as novels, memoirs, autobiographies, stories, letters, articles, diaries, etc.) written by Indo’s after they left the Dutch East Indies. We are particularly interested in people who wrote about their experience as emigrant in the US (or Australia, Brazil, Suriname, etc.). All types of text are welcome, both in English and in Dutch.

If you would have such materials yourself or if you know someone who might have texts that could be interesting for our research project, please

Prof. Dr. Jeroen Dewulf
Queen Beatrix Chair in Dutch Studies
Department of German
5329, Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3243

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