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Submit a Story

We are using historical diaries to make Indo History Come Alive. This segment encourages Indo families to share their  own personal stories online. You can submit a story or an article to be featured on The Indo Project website. Please fill out the form below and send in your article. Maximum of 1000 words, please. [...]


May 24th, 2015 – Long Beach, CA 26th Annual Holland Festival 2015.  TIP will have a booth there.  Come sign up for an Indo Sister Luncheon, sign our Unbroken petition, take part in the Worldwide Indo Challenge, get some raffle tickets for fun prizes, find out about our latest initiatives, meet our published authors and chat [...]


Who are we?

We are a core group of dedicated Indo and Indo supporters who share the premise that our history and culture needs to be preserved in the English language. People of mixed European and Indonesian ancestry, are called Indos, Dutch-Indonesians, or Indo-Europeans. We come from Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Washington, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia and our numbers are growing. The majority of us are 2nd generation born right after WWII; however, our supporters range in all ages. We all have some kind of direct connection to the former Dutch East Indies.

We are all volunteers, non-paid staff and board members alike, contributing our experience, skills, and time to make something we deeply believe in a reality.

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… a future for the younger generations.

By initiating The Indo Project organization and plans to produce a documentary , 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.



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    Displaced, Disgraced and Dispossessed. How War Debts Still Haven’t Been Repaid to the Indo Dutch population

    © 2015, Inez Hollander, Ph.D.   Er ligt een roofstaat aan de zee tussen Oostfriesland en de Schelde! There is a pirate state, bordering the sea, between the Scheldt and Eastern Friesland                      ~ Multatuli, Max Havelaar   Book Review Opgevangen in andijvielucht van Griselda Molemans [...]

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    Rising from the Shadow of the Sun: A Story of Love, Survival and Joy

    Rising from the Shadow of the Sun, A Story of Love, Survival and Joy brings the horror and losses of World War II on Java off the battlefields and military POW camps and into the world of Ronny Herman, who is barely three years old in 1942 when the Japanese conquer the island of Java and force her family [...]

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    Ilse Smit and Dorothy Read at the Holland Festival

    The account of one East Dutch Indies family’s survival during World War II and the Indonesian Revolution is the subject of this edition of Dialogue. Joan Cartan-Hansen interviews sisters Ilse Evelijn Veere Smit and Edith Evelijn Veere, who survived the two atrocities, as well as author Dorothy Read, who helps Ilse tell her family’s story [...]

  • 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 and data.  Between 1997-2001, over 700 interviews were conducted of those who had lived through the end [...]

  • Meaning of Logo

    By Priscilla McMullen The Indo Project logo is a representation of the Indonesian Arjuna Wayang Kulit.   The image is placed within Delft frame, representing the Indo connection to the Dutch, and turned to face to the East, the direction of Indonesia.  Permission to use the original design of The Indo Project logo was given by [...]

  • Troops 1947

    Excerpt Translated by Jan Krancher, California, USA After WWII, in an effort to re-establish control of its colony from 1947-1949 the Dutch instigated a “Politionele Acties“ (police action) by sending  troops back to Indonesia.  To ease the transition for the troops and prepare them, a guidebook was published titled “Scheepspraet”.  It is interesting to note the actual meaning [...]

  • Disguised

    Book Review By Bianca Dias-Halpert, Washington, USA In 2004 my quest for English language literature about the Dutch East Indies came to a screeching halt when I discovered this wonderful book. Disguised A teenage girl’s surival in World War II Japanese prison camps, by Rita la Fontaine de Clercq Zubi published in 2001 is a [...]

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    Guidebook for American Soldiers in the Pacific War

    I became more aware of the American connection when I purchased a 77-page booklet titled “Instructions for American Serviceman in Dutch Indonesia during World War II” by the Dutch publishing house Elsevier. From the very beginning of the Japanese dream of conquering the land and people of Asia, they recognized the vital importance of the Indies [...]

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    Social World of Batavia

    Book Review By Calvin Sidjaja, Jakarta, Indonesia Title:  Social World of Batavia: Europeans and Eurasians in Colonial Indonesia Author:  Jean Taylor Gilman ISBN-10: 0299094707 ISBN-13: 978-0299094706 This is probably one of the most complete literature of Dutch-Indonesians you could find. Written in readable language, this book contains valuable information for any Dutch-Indonesian who is curious [...]

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