Tag Archives: Dutch East Indies

Women behind the Wire – The Will to Survive

Today’s blog is dedicated to an amazing woman, Dee (pronounced Day) de Smalen, my mother-in-law. Today she turns 90! Happy Birthday Dee, Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!! She grew up in the former Dutch East Indies, on Java. Her parents, … Continue reading

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Serendipity Leads to Discovery of Forgotten Artist

On a secondhand book stall at the Lindenmarkt last Saturday I happened across a children’s book, called Suriname, jang tak terkenal, written in Indonesian Bahasa (Indonesian Malay) aimed at educating Indonesian children about the former Dutch colony of Suriname. The … Continue reading

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