The Indo Project Newsletter
  Honor the Past.  Preserve the Future.
2014 Spring Issue
March - April - May

Kids Corner & Other Fun Stuff
Farah Allsup gets a big surprise from a bold monkey at the Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali.

But apparently this happens a lot at this place. Here's a YouTube video of two women being overcome by 6 monkeys! Click on the picture to watch the action!

2 women 6 monkeys

The Sacred Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction in Ubud, and is often visited by over 10,000 tourists a month.

The forest is about 27 acres and contains at least 115 different species of trees. The Monkey Forest contains the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple as well as a "Holy Spring" bathing temple and another temple used for cremation ceremonies.

The Monkey Forest is owned by the village of Padangtegal and village members serve on the Monkey Forest's governing council. The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation manages the Monkey Forest and serves to maintain its sacred integrity and to promote the sacred site as a destination for visitors.
There are three temples within its compound. The closest one to the entrance gate is Pura Prajapati which is used for cremation ceremony for the deceased. A little walk further will bring you to the staircase that leads you down to the Holy Bathing Temple at the nearby stream. The most important temple is probably the Pura Dalem Agung which is a local temple for Padangtegal villagers. ~ Words by Prototyped

Kids!  Want to learn more about Holland? Then enjoy this 10-minute YouTube video, "Movie about the Netherlands".  Click on the picture below.

Phrase of the Month

(Click here & then on the little sound icon to hear how it sounds in Dutch) 


Happy Birthday

Gelukkige Verjaardag

Selamat Ulang Tahun


TIP is entirely run by dedicated volunteers who contribute their considerable experience, skills, and time to forward our mission:  Our mission is rooted in keeping alive the Indo history and culture in future generations and attaining recognition for what our first generation has experienced. The Indo Project wants to honor the legacy that our parents, grandparents and other Indos have left us and have worked so hard to attain.  We aim to educate and raise awareness among the English speaking public about our rich heritage and capture the remarkable assimilation of Indos in their respective adopted countries.

Priscilla Kluge McMullen, Chair
Photo of Priscilla McMullen, Chair

Jeff Keasberry, Vice Chair
Photo of Jeff Keasberry, Vice Chair

Kareen Richard, Secretary
Photo of Kareen Richard, Secretary

Jan Krancher, PhD, Member at Large
Photo of Jan Krancher, Member at Large

Jamie D. Stern, Member-at-Large
Photo of Jamie Stern, Member at Large

Ingrid McCleary, Newsletter Editor
Photo of Ingrid McCleary, Newsletter Editor

We will be adding more photos soon!

In Honor Of...
When you grace us with your support, we like to reciprocate by placing a photo of your or your loved ones in this column.  

This is similar to the Wall of Love and Recognition on the TIP website, but instead of Delft Heart symbols, we will post photos.

They will remain in this column through each subsequent issue with the newest donation placed at the top. Once we run out of newsletter space, we will make sure your photo can still be seen at the Indo Photo Album.

With sincere appreciation of your recent support:
* A fabulous Anonymous donation was received to kick-start the TIP Sponsored Lecture Series, beginning with the USA Premieres of the English-subtitled movie, the Buitenkampers. We are very grateful to these two people because through their donations, they allow TIP to bring this type of education to you.
* Anonymous donation from Texas (you know who you are;o)
* Sylvia Boon Couto (her father is Bill Boon, Tjalie Robinson's younger brother. Read her story by clicking here).
* John T. Kendall from Washington
* Eric Wiggers: Superb TIP Supporter from Florida 
* Victoria Wing from Texas
*  Robert Bognar, who sent us a donation via our online link.
Thanks to the following folks who attended the Dutch Indonesian Heritage Festival in Haverstraw, New York in September, 2013 and placed cash donations or purchased TIP goods, helping to fill the INDOnation Jar:
*  Anonymous Donors
*  Maudie Courant
*  Joyce Gerrits
*  Gerald (Gerry) Krausse 
*  Scott Mehlberg 
A shout out to our Canadian Indos! Thanks go to Ben Goutier for his donation and the photo he sent of an Indo Kumpulan in Kalowna, British Columbia, Canada!  

August 4, 2013 Kumpulan at Kinsman Park in Kelowna, BC.  Photo by Ben Goutier
Henk Klinkenberg was researching his mother's life story, found TIP and got excited over the Indo community he found there. He's kindly donated to help TIP spread the word in English.
Thanks to all the people who added an extra donation to their registration fee to TIP's Florida event April, 2013:
* Otto Denecke
* Geraldine de Rochemont
* Gerrit Diepering 
* Asta M. Donnan
* Franz & Gerrie Eberhardt
* Hans Frankfort
* Claudine Jarrett 
* Henri and Anna Lavallette
* Eric Mellonius
* Lieke & Bill O’Regan
* Hans & Lucy Pustelnik
* Aurora Rice
* Elisa & Gordon Tyson
* Willy van Beekom
* Yvonne van der Lee
Our very special thanks go out to:
Eric Wiggers from Florida who quadrupled his registration fee. 

Jeanne (Sjaantje) Jansen from Florida,who, despite not being able to attend TIP's Florida events, insists on sending in generous donations to ensure that our work continues.
Susan Machnik from Massachusetts, for her spontaneous and most generous gift.
Robert Vanderwaall from Texas, who ordered 1 Contract Pension DVD (Check out his stories at the TIP website: Oom Piet and Python Tree and The Tiger and Song:  May of 1961).
Sue Lundberg from Washington who ordered 1 copy of "The Return"   
Jethro Bartelings from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who ordered 1 copy of "The Return".  

Gerrit Diepering from Florida, who gave a general donation. 

Jack Huster from Washington, who ordered 1 Contract Pension DVD

Sandra Barks from Oklahoma, who ordered 7 copies of the Contract Pension DVD.


Ready for a belly laughs? Watch this YouTube bit about an English comedian making fun of the Dutch Albert Heijn supermarket  (caution, some adult language).

For this Mother's Day, we honor our Indo Mothers.  In every wrinkle is a story; one of resilience, one of memories too painful to share, even now, nearly 70 years later.  These are the faces of our omas, our Moms, our daughters, with each generation carrying the burden of the tumultuous history of our past, each new generation tasked with shedding light on the travails Indos endured with losing home, homeland, lives.  Here are their faces, let each tell you their story.
Shared by Jane Feliciano:  
Gerrita Elaine Krak, (maiden name Frieser) was born on 11/24/1929 in Jakarta, lives in Texas now.  Her mom is 1/2 Indonesian...1/2 Dutch, her dad was from Holland.  Both her maternal grandmother & great grandmothers were Indonesian princesses.  
Shared by Nancy Leunissen-Rosema:

My great-grandmother, 
Phoen Bin Lan, was born and sold on the streets of Shanghai. She was followed home and they offered money to her parents and she was put on a ship to Indonesia at the age of 13.

My oma, Theodora Weber-Puts, was the youngest of 18 children! All the children were college educated, nurses, doctors, lawyers and Mayors of major cities. So interesting that they accomplished so much in that time. 
Shared by Felicitas Sloves:  

My mother Annie 
in Surabaya, in 1948, the year she married my father.
Shared by Joyce Leamy:  I have the trifecta!

 1. Mom, post-war with two infant boys in IndonesiaSummer 1949, Pare Pare - Mom with Jimmy (1) & John (4 months). Both boys were named after POW soldiers that their Dad had spent time with in Japan.

2. Mom, post-repatriation with five boys, in Holland.  1954, Arnhem, Netherlands - In three years the family grew to include three more boys!

3. Mom holding the baby girl she had to travel all the way to America to have!  Dec 1964, East Hartford, CT, USA - Mom & me (8 mos)



Did you hear? The Dutch documentary Buitenkampers, the Color of Survival, directed by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, has reached the status of Crystal Film for more than 10,000 tickets sold since its theatrical release in The Netherlands. It is the thirteenth film to receive the Crystal Film Award since 2005. Click on this link to see a 17-minute preview of the film.

Even more exciting for us at The Indo Project is that we will be hosting Hetty in America & premiere the film with English subtitles in California in May and Florida in June! Not only that but one of our own is in the documentary! It has not been easy in bringing the Buitenkampers film to America; we are still hard at work in making it happen. There are costs involved that we had not anticipated but we feel that this film is of such importance that we are making this a priority.  We encourage everyone to see this film as it is a perfect opportunity to educate the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Indo Americans about their family’s history. Keeping the conversation going and passing down the stories will help in keeping our culture alive.  See the Events section for more details.

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to Spring!  Here in my home in Sunnyvale, California, my tulips are blooming. I brought some of these tulips home with me from Amsterdam in the summer of 2011 and my Dutch cousin brought me the rest when she visited in 2013.  It means so much more to me that these came from directly from Holland, tucked into suitcases as precious mementos.

They  don't compare to the millions grown in Holland (like in the
 second photo) but they remind me daily of my heritage. Photo by Flickr User, Rob YoungA heritage of mixed colors & contrasts, one that perplexes me even as it fills me with pride.  I am saddened by the way Indos were treated when 300,000 had lost their homes & repatriated to Holland.  I express frustration that my father was never paid for his service during the years he was a POW.  Yet, Holland remains a home port in the way Indonesia does not.  Indos represent the largest minority in the Netherlands; whereas, in Indonesia, there are only patches of Indische Ouders, Indos who vacation there, and more recently, a surge of Indos retiring there.

This issue highlights the Netherlands. To many Indos, Holland will remain their first Homeland, even as we are now spread around the world. For those Indos living in the Netherlands (680,000, representing the largest minority) please check out Jamie Stern's map showing the cities where Indos are living in the Netherlands who responded to The Indo Survey.

In addition to getting an overview of Hetty's Buitenkampers, which she directed in Holland (produced by Holland Harbour Productions in Rotterdam), you also also meet a prestigious member on our Academic Council, Inez Hollander who was born & raised in the Netherlands & immigrated to the US in 1994.

With the weather warming, Dutch & Indo events are sprouting up everywhere, with the annuals as well as some new events like the Indo Sisters Samenzijn.  Connect with your roots, meet old acquaintances, make new friends.  There's an instant bond to be had, one borne of a shared history.  If you're visiting Holland now or in the near future, check out this link for Events in Holland laid out month by month.

In the TIP 2014 Summer Issue, we will focus on our Papas & Opas, so this is the time to sit your Dad down & get his story in writing. All photos & stories may be sent to me at

~ Ingrid McCleary
If you'd like a pdf version of this newsletter where the margins & pages are formatted to 8 1/2 x 11 pages, making it easier to print, please send requests to and I'll add your email to the pdf distribution list, which usually comes within a day of the email version.

TIP is fortunate to have Inez Hollander on our Academic Council. She's written a number of heartrending articles for the TIP website & is currently working with Jeff Keasberry on creating a Lecture Series, hosted by TIP & presenting Keynote Speakers on subjects of interest to Indos.
She is a Dutch Studies professor at UC Berkeley and has published a number of books:
  • Silenced Voices, Ohio University Press, 2008;
  • Verstilde stemmen en verzwegen levens, Atlas, 2009
To put the Bersiap in a more sophisticated historical context, she is trying, with the help of the Indo Project, to kickstart an annual lecture, followed by a Round Table discussion of scholars around the world who can weigh on what happened during the Bersiap and decolonization which, in effect, triggered a massive Indo migration and diaspora. Questions of identity and belonging of the Indo population, and in particular the Indo population that, after (failed) repatriation, migrated to the shores of the US and Australia, are rooted in the events of the Bersiap and decolonization, and it is important that scholars without political agendas keep addressing and investigating these events and after-effects to make sure the historical record is preserved for the future, and possibly, a touchstone for both the Dutch and Indonesian governments to rid their closets of its colonial skeletons.

TIP is hosting the first lecture in Southern California on May 27th.  How many more lectures TIP can arrange in the next 12 months is based on the donations we receive so spread the word....we cannot do this without your support!

Is your city represented?  With over 400,000 Indos in the Netherlands, this map could look like a sprinkled cupcake if everyone participated in the short survey.

There's a 132 page report put out by NIDI (Dutch nterdisciplinary Demographic Institute), THE DEMOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE INDO DUTCH, which describes the demographic history of the Indo-Dutch population during the period 1930-2001. It poses this intriguing, guiding question: What can still today be noticed demographically of the Dutch colonial past in what since 1949 is the republic of Indonesia? The direct trigger for the current study was Het Gebaar (‘The Gesture’), a financial compensation from the Dutch government to the Indo-Dutch community.  Click on the photo to have it take you to the survey (it only takes 2-3 minutes).  And make sure to read Jamie Stern's first analysis of the data received.  Click on the photo to see the larger map.
2012 & 2013 Indo Surveys:  Participants living in Holland

I was one among millions who spent Saturday afternoons watching Shirley Temple dance across the screen and into our hearts. I knew she was a phenomenal child star whose very presence was a balm to Americans struggling to make it through the Great Depression of the 30s, but I watched reruns of her movies throughout the 60s and 70s.  By that time, she'd turned her efforts to public service, eventually becoming Ambassador to Ghana. When the public heard of her passing on February 10th, 2014, it wasn't Shirley Temple Black at age 85 who sprang to mind but that of her singing, "Animal crackers in my soup."  I respected her immensely and when I heard the news, it felt like someone had torn through the fabric of my life & let the cold air in.  I found a small measure of comfort at discovering that she had not only lived less than 20 miles from my home but that her family was of English, German, and Dutch ancestry. Her presence enriched generations of families and we are fortunate indeed that we can still wile away some Saturdays with our children and grandchildren sprawled across our laps, watching her sing, "On the good ship Lollipop."  Please click here to read the New York Times article, which includes videos & photos. 

This caught my attention from the Facebook group, Indo Sisters (now with 500 members) from Vanessa Gwendolyn: It's really tough to live and accept internal family dynamics. Don't forget, we're casualties of war. There's a lot to heal from. Our parents had people with practically NO filter say things to them in a very cruel manner. It was completely acceptable to show your worst self to your family. Somehow that generation let it all hang out behind closed doors. It wasn't just Indos either. The social order of showing a proper public face and holding one another to an impossible expectation was untenable! It was the times. In helping others, you do fix yourself. You heal the wounds that need salve. You learn how to love yourself by loving others. You do it enough and it becomes rote; it is who you are. We should become our best selves until our final breath.

News from Indos living in other countries

Have you read the latest in the series from Australian Indo, Katherine Pentecost?  Kathryn had previously written an intriguing feature in 2013, "Imagined Communities in Cyberspace", which spurred TIP to ask her to do a series for the website & share her findings on the research she did for her Ph.D. Here are the links to. A Brief History of the Dutch East Indies – Part 1 and Part 2.  Robert Bean praised her Cyberspace piece: As an experienced intercultural consultant and trainer who has been privileged to meet thousands of people in settings focused on the exploration of cultures and identity, I found Kathryn Pentecost’s article not only fascinating in itself but most accurate in its depiction of the multiplicity of cultures and cultural identities within the majority of people on this connected planet.  Enjoy the read!

Welcome another 4th Generation Indo

This Editor is exceedingly proud to introduce my first cucu (Indonesian word for grandchild, delightfully pronounced choo choo), Benjamin Christopher Brown, to the Indo community worldwide.  He gave us a scare, arriving 7 weeks early but time will help this little guy grow taller than his Oma, probably by the time he's 11 years old, since I'm a skosh under 5 feet tall. This photo shows him at 3 hours old, weighing 4 lbs 4 oz so his Opa's hand is the perfect size for a blanket!


How you can help
The Indo Project strives to bring the past to the future by raising awareness about Indo history and culture via the English language so that second and third generation Indos can know what it was like for the First Generation before, during and after WWII. Go to our website and learn more. Become involved. Spread the word to your family and friends. 

Join The Indo Project Facebook network. 
Donate! All it takes is one minute of your time to donate online. No one receives a salary at The Indo Project. The work we do to bring the Indo community together relies entirely on public donations.  Please go to our website or send a check to: “The Indo Project”, 19 Chestnut Square, Boston, MA 02130, USA.

War and Military News

Buitenkampers (outside campers) -  By Priscilla Kluge McMullen - TIP Co-founder
The Color of Survival: How WWII uprooted the Indo Dutch
A few months after the Japanese invasion of the Dutch East Indies (March 1942), the Japanese started imprisoning the Dutch in camps. The Japanese made a racial distinction between pure-blood Dutch (totoks) and mixed-blooded Dutch (Eurasians/Indos). The totoks were taken to the Japanese-run internment camps.  Most Indos could not prove they were pure-blood Dutch, so they were not allowed in the internment camps where they would, at least, have been given one meal a day and medical care. The Indos had to stay outside the camp and fend for themselves. With the husbands, fathers, and brothers taken prisoner by the Japanese and serving most of World War II on the Thai-Burma Railroad or in Japan, most of the people left behind and not allowed in the camps were mothers with young children! These were the Buitenkampers.
Although life in the internment camps was horrible, international law required Japan to feed their prisoners and take care of them but the people outside the internment camp had no food, no income, no medicine, shelter or clothing, they were terrorized by the Japanese and at their mercy. The Buitenkampers lived in an increasingly hostile environment and had great difficulty to stay alive. Their freedom was very relative. After the Japan capitulated (August 1945), the hardships of these Buitenkampers only increased.  They endured a genocide (the Bersiap) at the hands of the Indonesian rebels seeking independence from the Dutch.  They were labeled as “the dogs of the Dutch”.  While there have been movies made about the people in the camp, this is the first time that a film has been made about the people that had to survive outside the camps.  This period has long been concealed by the people that survived this horrendous period, there was just too much shame & pain to talk about it.  So many of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the Buitenkampers don’t know about this period of Dutch history. This film is groundbreaking as it manages to obtain interviews with some of these Buitenkampers who were child survivors of this period.  Heartbreaking stories.

My daughter Michelle, my grandson Kellan and I (as 2nd, 3rd, & 4th generation Indos) appear in the documentary. While all the other people telling their stories are of the 1st generation, Hetty used the story I tell about my mother to highlight the discrimination and suppression Indos feel and are not able to talk about freely. She also wanted to film us as we are a living example of the rainbow of colors that Indos have become since the exodus from Indonesia.  

Not Dutch enough - By Lily Elmensdorp - As told to Ingrid McCleary

I was 11 when WWII began.  My father & future husband were taken prisoner and usually, any boy over the age of 8 was sent to the mens camp but my 13 year old brother was dying from sarcoma & was paralyzed so they allowed him to remain with us at home in Magelang, Central Java.  We went in & out of Japanese-run internment camps throughout WWII.  These camps were Kazernes (Dutch barracks taken over by the Japanese).  The first time, we only stayed a month because they determined my Mom wasn't Dutch enough (My father was 100% Dutch, my Mother was 50-50 Dutch-Indonesian).  

Photo from left:  Lily, Truus, Jan Pieter, Jan Piet, Else - Before the war

When staying at our house, my mom sewed for a Japanese officer to buy food to feed the four of us. The second time we were allowed to remain about 6-9 months but when they sent us out again, we discovered our home had been ransacked. We remained there though and my mom would sell pieces of furniture to buy rice or pay for my brother's surgeries to get his tumors removed (in those days, we didn't have chemotherapy). After his 4th surgery, he was paralyzed and he died in 1944 before we were sent to the third Japanese-run camp.  We were there over a year; that was when the hunger really gnawed away at us.  When we left that place, our home was so ransacked it was unlivable so the three of us moved in with my Oma Kalimah, who was Indonesian and didn't speak Dutch but married a Dutch soldier.  After the war ended & the Bersiap period began, the four of us were sent by the Indonesian Army to the Pa van de Steur Orphanage in Magelang to be protected from the Pemudas (Indonesian Youth who took part of the Indonesian National Revolution), because then, perhaps, ironically, we looked too Dutch and many Dutch were massacred during that time (see A Brief Genocide for more info).

Allied News Bytes & non-Indos interested in Indo issues
What does the movie, "Twelve Years a Slave" have in common with "The Act of Killing", a documentary about genocide in Indonesia? They are both in People Magazine Top 10 Movies of 2013.  Beating out blockbusters like Gravity & Philomena, "The Act of Killing" placed 4th. This documentary about the political and criminal genocide in Indonesia of the 1960s and the ongoing unchecked abuses of power by government "thugs," has achieved international recognition. It is one of the most haunting & most difficult films you can watch, but watch it if you can.  Here is the  link to the full movie on YouTube.  It is so powerful, it was nominated for an Oscar.

Art and Literature 


Check out the works of some Indo authors (click on their names):

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Send your events to to include them in future issues. Issues for 2014 will be coming out in March, June, September, December so the deadline to submit your event notices is by the first of those months noted.  

What:     Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Where:   Pacific Northwest - Drive
               Visit: Tulip Town, 15002 Bradshaw Road,
                                               Mount Vernon, WA
               Visit: RoozenGaarde, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road,
                                                       Mount Vernon, WA
When:   April 1st-30th

Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the tulips bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the festival. 

The festival is designed as a driving tour for the visitor as there is no one "site" that you go to for your visit.  Parking is available at designated lots in the Tulip Field area. There is plenty of parking at Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde and it is FREE. Look for the RoozenGaarde logo for other Official Parking areas. 

What:    Avio Danseavond
Where:  Avio Dutch Club Inc.                       
              1551 W. Katella, Anaheim, CA   
When:   April 5th, May 3rd, June 14th

Call:      714 774-2840 for more info

What:  King's Day in San Francisco
Where: Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco  
When:  April 26th 11am - 5pm

In January 2013 Queen Beatrix announced that she would abdicate the throne on April 30th after 33 years as head of state, clearing the way for her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to become the nation’s first king in more than a century. This will make this year’s celebration the first one to be called “King’s Day”.  (Martin Luther King Drive & Great highway).


What:   First Dutch King’s Day in Los Angeles        
Where: TBD (To be determined) Los Angeles
When:  April 27th
Contact:   info@dutch-day. com for details

Experience a memorable event – be part of the orange craze.
We are taking reservations for vendors, entertainers (especially Dutch) and volunteers.

What:        Tulip Time     
Where:      Window on the Waterfront,  Holland, Michigan, USA
When:       May 3-10
Contact:    Tulip Time Festival office at 800-822-2770
                   or locally at 616-396-4221

The Tulip Time parades are some of the largest and most spectacular events in Michigan. Thousands of spectators line the streets of downtown Holland to watch amazing floats, marching bands, Dutch Dancers, and numerous organizations present their finest in over two miles of pure celebration.Read more...

The Indo Project will have a booth there.  Come meet us & share in the fun!  There will also be signup sheets for the Indo Sisters Samenzijn for 5/26 and you'll be able to purchase tickets to the Buitenkampers movie premiere for 5/27.



Photo of Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich
What:     Buitenkampers, The Color of Survival
               (English subtitles)
Where:  University of Irvine
               West Peltason, Irvine, CA
When:   May 27th 6-10 pm

What:   Buitenkampers, The Color of Survival
              (English subtitles)
Where: Touchstar Cinemas  Spring Hill 8 
               2955 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, Florida
When:  June 8th at 10am - 12:30pm

Tickets will be sold in advance through EventBrite & also at the 25th Holland Festival in Long Beach on May 25th at The Indo Project booth. Look for updates & links on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

What:       56th Tong Tong Fair    
Where:     Malieveld in The Hague
When:      May 29th - June 9th
Contact:  Tulip Time Festival office at 800-822-2770
                 or locally at 616-396-4221

The largest Indo event in the world takes place at the Malieveld in The Hague & is so big it runs for 12 days!  From their website: It is a tantalizing trinity of a cultural festival, exhibition and food festival together, in an archipelago of tents. The Tong Tong Fair is the blending of East and West in all its varieties. The event includes the Grand Pasar (the famous East-West trade fair), the Indonesia Pavilion (with exhibitors from Indonesia) and the food district (with dozens of Asian restaurants and waroengs). The theater is called Tong Tong Festival. It takes place in various themes theaters and a separate pavilion for exhibitions.

Holi Festival of Colours Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM! Get ready! Ticket sales for the Holi Festival Of Colours Amsterdam on June 21st at Arena Park is available onlline at: 
for the most epic open air festival of the summer! Check out the video.  Didn't see one gray hair in this colorful crowd so I'm thinking it's more for the 3rd Gen Indos!  

NACHO (Netherlands American Cultural and Heritage Organization) is a private organization dedicated to uniting people of Dutch descent and their friends from all over the San Francisco Bay area and beyond. 

What:     Drop-in at Henny Ney's
Where:   Walnut Creek, California, 
When:    April 19th, May 10th, June 21st, November 8th
Contact: for details.   

Henny says, "This drop-in is free. I take care of the coffee, tea, beer and wine, etc. and guests bring a dish to share (enough for four people)." Henny also provides the erwtensoep (pea soup) and rice.  Guests have the opportunity to meet other people. 

What:      Alan Neys Memorial Fund (ANFM) Fundraiser
Where:    Laguna Woods, CA                     
When:     May 4th
Contact: for details

What:       Herdenking Ceremony (NACHO)
Where:     Oakmont Memorial Park
                 2099 Reliez Valley Rd, Lafayette, California        
When:      August 3rd
Contact: for details.

N.E.S.O. (Netherlands Society of Northern California) hosts numerous gatherings throughout the year. Contact: (510) 793-4063 for details. 

What:     N.E.S.O. Pasar Malam
Where:   Swiss Park, Newark, CA
When:    June 8th

What:     N.E.S.O. Hawaiian Party
Where:   Hayward, CA
When:    August 9th
What:     N.E.S.O. 40th Anniversary
Where:   Swiss Park, Newark, CA
When:    October 18th 
What:      British Columbia Indo Kumpulan
Where:    Kinsman Park in Kelowna, BC
When:     August (Date TBD)
Contact:  Ben Goutier at for details

What:      Weekly Kumpulan!
Where:   The Indo Food Court                  
               1200 East Huntington Drive
               Duarte, California 91010 
When:    10 a.m. - 2 p.m

Food tents are behind the Duarte Inn.  Parking is free.  At the Indo Food Court, no smoking is the rule and the dogs should stay at home. 
What:    Monthly Kumpulan! 
Where:  Old Town Sacramento
               The Indo Cafe
              1100 Front Street
              Sacramento, CA 
When:   4th Sunday in month
              Noon - 3 p.m
Rudolf Abraham Leunissen & Theodora Weber Puts
Around 1922 because my Papa was born 1923 and he was the 
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Mystery - Can you help find the author?

Simone Magaletta-Snyder copied the poem below years ago & she thought it came out of the De Indo magazine but when she and I asked if they knew who the author of this touching poem, we drew a blank.  

Whoever can find the author first will receive five  buttons as a token of our appreciation!  We want to make sure the author of this touching poem is recognized. 


The Hands of an Indisch Meisje

All along I thought it was your feet I should bow to and respect.
Those kaki sawah that had carried you on a journey
through history and space. 
I thought it was your blote voeten, 
which you always preferred to sandals and shoes, 
that stamped you as an Indisch Meisje.

But I was wrong. It isn't your feet which characterize you, Oma.
It is your hands. Your hands with their creaky, kromme vingers.
Those are the hands of an Indo.

Your hands with their mort geknipte nagels,
because long nails only break and dirt collects under them--
and because your hands were born for digging in the earth, 
healing animals and chopping lombok --
these are your hands Oma.
The hands of an Indisch Meisje.

Yours are the hands of a great storyteller pointing
to the places where the tjeleng fell, the manga could be picked,
or where God lives.
Yours are the fingers of the spiky shape of the Durian, 
the crescent of the Pisang Mas,
or the smallness of the Bawang Merah. 
So, Kecil deeze.

Yours are fingers fluttering like butterflies,
Slendang between index and middle, 
dancing in the Serimpi, Krontijong in your veins.
Your hands have cradled us as children.
Your hands kneaded our muscles when we needed your pidjit.

And of course yours are the hands of Soto Ayam, Sajoer Lodeh, and the Koffie IJs. Adoeh Oma!

Your hands are not the hands of a Princess, only a Queen. 
I see your hands Oma, I see the shape of your palms,
I see the stories they tell. 
That's why I love them,
that's why I love you.
The hands of an Indisch Meisje.

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