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Although the Dutch had been in Indonesia from 1602, most Dutch communities during the colonial period only lasted until 1942, when the Japanese invaded. In the 17th and 18th centuries Indonesia, or the Dutch East Indies as it was then known, was not controlled directly by the Dutch government but by a joint-stock trading company, the Dutch East India Company (VOC).



Although the Dutch had been in Indonesia from 1602, most Dutch communities during the colonial period only lasted until 1942, when the Japanese invaded. In the 17th and 18th centuries Indonesia, or the Dutch East Indies as it was then known, was not controlled directly by the Dutch government but by a joint-stock trading company, the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The VOC had been awa (...)



It is easy for Indonesians to feel at home in the Netherlands. Just stand in the middle of a market, and amid the swirls of people rushing to buy bread or fruit or meat, one is very likely to hear Indonesian words flying around. These Indonesian words are mostly uttered by the Indo-Dutch - people of mixed blood with either one of their parents or grandparents being from Indonesia. They (...)



The Dutch cultural center has become an essential destination for Jakarta art lovers. Over its 35 years, its consistency, funding and the dedication of its staff has meant the Erasmus Huis (Erasmus House) has kept its reputation as one of the most important art centers in Jakarta, if not Indonesia. Named after the 15th Century Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Erasmus Huis is one (...)



Hundreds of children in East Java can now face the world with confidence through the goodwill and determination of the Dutch-speaking community of Surabaya. Though consisting of only around 20 families, the generous Hollanders and their friends have been running a program to give Indonesian babies born with cleft lips and palates the chance for surgery to correct the deformation. "This (...)



Most Westerners outside the medical profession have never seen children with cleft lips or palates in their home countries. That's because surgical intervention to repair the flaw is conducted in the first three months of the child's life - and in some countries within a week. The deformity varies from mild, with just a small split in the upper lip, through to great gaps in the roof of (...)



The past comes to life at Museum Taman Prasasti (Inscription Museum) in Central Jakarta where headstones from the days of Dutch rule are housed. Many Dutch people visit the museum as much information can be gleaned from the headstones about their ancestors. "Around 200 Dutch people come to the museum each year. Most of them are tourists, but there are also scholars who carry out resear (...)

    
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