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What does the ‘Indische Kwestie’ mean? We want the recognition of and apology for the improper treatment of the Dutch from the Dutch East Indies by the successive Dutch governments after WWII. This also means paying back salaries to soldiers and civil servants for the 41 months of war they endured during which they weren’t paid a dime. We further demand compensation for the material damage suffered as a result of the complete loss of possessions. The Netherlands is the only Allied country that has managed to shirk this obligation.

We are envisioning an agreement in the form of a FAIR DEAL, which should bring the necessary closure. In addition, we want a comprehensive, integral and fair “EX GRATIA” regulation for all, up to and including the second generation. We, the parties, their networks and the writers want to jointly close the Indo/Indisch Dutch Black Book before it is too late, i.e. when there won’t be any more survivors who deserve a final form of compensation and vindication. #indischekwestie

Indisch Platform 2.0

Indisch Platform 2.0 established! We are the foundation of the Indisch Platform 2.0. We became an official action platform and hotline for the Indische Kwestie on August 1, 2017. Every voice ought to be heard! For more than 70 years the war victims from the former Dutch East Indies have been ignored, silenced and pushed under the rug! Let’s break the silence to resolve this once and for all! The Indische Kwestie is not merely an “Indisch” issue: it’s a Dutch issue.
Indisch Platform 2.0 was established by Mrs Peggy Stein and Mr Anton te Meij

King Willem Alexander from The Netherlands talking to demonstrators during a demonstration hosted by INDISCH PLATFORM 2.0 in Den Haag, The Netherlands.

…At least His Royal Highness King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands took the effort to meet and greet with demonstrators who are fighting for recognition, apology, backpay and compensation for material damaged suffered…

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Seeking Dutch/Indo WWII Veterans who are still among us.

Wanted Dutch/Indo WWII Veterans who are still among us ! Please share !

In the context of 75 years of liberation in 2019/2020, we are still making an ultimate attempt to find living WWII Dutch/Indo veterans at home and abroad who are still entitled to a military honor!

Who are we looking for? Living Dutch/Indo men who were mobilized at the time of the Japanese invasion in the Dutch East Indies for the KNIL and then in Japanese captivity

(during forced labor on the railway lines, shipyards or in the Japanese mines) and not have been rewarded with a War Remembrance Cross or Mobilization War Cross.

In addition, men who served between 1945 and 1951 in the Dutch East Indies and did not rewarded with the “Ereteken for Order and Peace”.

How can you help us ? Share this message within your network as much as possible and help !

We are pleased to announce that Mr Wim Van Vreeswijck has been given the good news that he will be receiving “The Mobilization War Cross” and “The Medal of Honor for Order and Peace” We will keep you all informed when a delegation of representatives of The Dutch Embassy in Washington will be traveling towards Artesia, SoCal where Mr Wim Van Vreeswijck resides.

Here’s a video where Mr Wim Van Vreeswijck talks about his younger years in The Dutch East Indies, before, during and after The Japanese Occupation.

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Selamat Hari Natal from Hoezoindo the Netherlands

Michael Contacted me because he is on my Hoezoindo newsletter and caught the fact that I am very busy with my Photo project which is about Indo’s living worldwide.

I am already campaigning for several weeks every day and have 5 day’s to go. In the next video, I introduce myself a little bit.

Do you want your portrait taken? Do a small donation or participate here in the form below:

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Requiring Immediate Action!!

Help get a water filtration system to earthquake ravaged Palu!

Palu in Indonesia just experienced a devastating 7.4-magnitude earthquake, which was followed by a horrific tsunami. This event has claimed at least 1,300 lives, this number is increasing by the day and has left countless others injured and without resources. Infrastructure and housing have been leveled. People are without shelter and struggling to obtain essentials such as food and clean drinking water. The collapse of the infrastructure has caused water sources to be unavailable or contaminated.

In an effort to help get clean water to the survivors, SoCal Indo is working hard to raise funds to purchase a water filtration system. The installation of this system will allow clean water to be available on demand.

We understand that many might be financially fatigued from helping to raise funds for Lombok. We are so appreciative for your help with that initiative. To our horror, another catastrophe has occurred, and people desperately need help. We are asking for everyone to donate just $2.50 to get this filtration system installed. If everyone in our Indo groups were to help – we could quickly meet the goal of $7,000 which is all that is required to make this happen.

We at SoCal Indo are so inspired by the support that is found within our Indo community. The Indonesian Diaspora Foundation will receive the donations and they will make sure it gets to the right authorities in Sulawesi. Please share this message and help to raise awareness while strengthening our unity.

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LOVE 4 LOMBOK 7.0 Charity Event in Indonesian Media

Our “LOVE4LOMBOK 7.0 Charity Event at Dutch Club Avio, Anaheim was a success, it reached The Indonesian media ! The link is below and we translated it from Bahasa Indonesia to English so all of you can read what The Indonesian Media writes about our event. We’d like to thank everyone who donated, participated, volunteered and performed throughout our campaign and during our event !


The Indonesian Diaspora Foundation in Southern California, United States, held a fundraising named “Love 4 Lombok 7.0” to help earthquake victims on Lombok Island, Indonesia. This event which was held on Saturday 22 September, 2018 at Dutch Club Avio, Anaheim, California got the musical entertainment from Jolali Band and performances from Burat Wangi gamelan, Merpati Putih Martial Arts and a variety of traditional dances performed by Burat Wangi, Cal Art, Valencia.
About 400 visitors enthusiastically listened to the variety of traditional Indonesian art performances during this event. A variety of Indonesian specialties was sold by Holland International Market and other vendors. The “Love 4 Lombok 7.0” campaign raised Rp. 65 million and is a collaboration between SoCal Indo, The Indonesian Diaspora Network-United and The Indonesian Diaspora Foundation.

The head of the campaign “Love 4 Lombok 7.0” Michael Passage explained that this campaign was to raise funds through various ways ranging from Facebook, Youtube, up to the charity movement through this cultural title. “We invite all the cultural potential in Southern California to display Indonesian culture as well as to take part in this charity,” Michael said.

Deputy chairman of this event Jason Schmidt-Weymans added that this event is a form of concern for your countrymen in the country who are being hit by disaster.

Indonesian Diaspora Network-United (IDN-U) President Herry Utomo explained that the “Love 4 Lombok 7.0” program was one of a series of fundraising conducted by IDN-U in various cities in the world. “Previously we also raised funds in Northern California, Midwest, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, Paris and Bali. With this cross-continental fundraising activity, the diaspora’s collective contribution will be greater to produce a more meaningful impact on the country, “Herry said.

The Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF) President Ida Wenefrida said that the IDF is always ready to be a “giving back” platform for Indonesian diaspora who want to contribute to Indonesia. Ida explained that fundraising for Lombok which was promoted by her organization with IDN-U had managed to raise at least Rp. 340 million. “Currently, it has collected Rp. 340 million and will increase again with fundraising that will be carried out immediately in Paris,” he said. (ndi)

Here are some pictures made on Saturday 22 September 2018 at Dutch Club Avio, Anaheim, CA



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On 5 August 2018, a destructive and shallow earthquake measuring Mw 6.9 (ML  7.0 according to BMKG) struck the island of Lombok, Indonesia. It was the main shock following its foreshock, a nearby Mw 6.4 earthquake on 29 July. It was followed by another 6.9 earthquake on 19 August 2018.

The epicentre was located inland, near Loloan Village in North Lombok Regency. Its rupture spread to the north and reached the sea, creating tsunamis. Severe shaking was reported throughout the entire island, while strong shaking was reported on the neighboring islands of Bali and Sumbawa.

Widespread damage was reported in Lombok and Bali. Officials stated that at least 80% of structures in North Lombok were either damaged or destroyed. In the aftermath of the sequence of earthquakes in August, a total of 563 people were confirmed killed while more than 1,000 were confirmed injured. More than 417,000 people were displaced.

The earthquake is the largest and the strongest earthquake to have hit Lombok in recorded history. With more than 560 deaths, it is also the deadliest earthquake in Lesser Sunda Islands since the 1992 Flores earthquake and tsunami and the deadliest in Indonesia since the September 2009 Sumatra earthquake.

This is a reason more for SoCal Indo to raise awareness, to unite and support.  Together with the Indonesian Community in SoCal and The Burat Wangi Group from Cal Art, Valencia, California, we decided to join forces and help the victims of the earthquake on Lombok, Indonesia, all help is needed to rebuild Lombok, Indonesia !

We started the LOVE 4 LOMBOK 7.0 Campaign, by using #LOVE4LOMBOK on social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter we are trying to raise awareness and ask for donations, whether it’s a Dollar or more, anything helps to rebuild Lombok, Indonesia.

On Saturday, 22 September 2018 there will be a charity event at Dutch Club Avio from 11AM-7PM PST, The Burat Wangi Group from Cal Art, Valencia, California will be performing a variety of traditional Indonesian dances all day long, musical performance from Jolali and guest appearances from our own SoCal Indos Jason Schmidt-Weymans and Mega Passage.

There will be Indonesian food served all day long and Holland International Market and many vendors will be present during this charity event.

All donations and funds received throughout our LOVE4LOMBOK 7.0 campaign and event will go to The Indonesian Diaspora Foundation and Tzu Chi.

Thank you for your kind donations and we look forward to see you Saturday 22 September 2018.


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This is how The Dutch Government is treating us Indo and Moluccan people in The Netherlands.

17 April, 2018, a demonstration organized by Het Indisch Platform 2.0, The Indo Community demonstrating and expecting The Dutch Government to apologize and compensate, apologize to our first generation Indos who served and fought under The Dutch Flag in The Dutch East Indies and still havent been compensated for that…This is part of Dutch History just as much as what happened to The Jewish Community during WWII, believe it or not, it’s sad to see that there was just a hand full of Dutch Media attending while it should be front page news…Peggy Stein and Rudy Flohr and many others deserve the credits, they are the ones who are fighting for the rights of our first generation Indos and who are reaching out to The Dutch Government. Especially for us they’ve translated the Dutch text into English so all of us Indos overseas are able to follow what’s going on and why it’s so important to have Indos like Peggy Stein and Rudy Flohr, follow De Indische Kwestie on FB.

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In loving memory of Johnie Lee Qualls

We’re honoring the memory of a truly wonderful man, Johnie Lee Qualls. He is the late husband of our dear friend, Gladys Qualls. Upon learning of his passing, on Tuesday December 19th, 2017, our hearts sank. You probably experienced this too when you heard about Johnie. His kind and beautiful heart touched so many. But immediately after reading the sad news, you probably thought about Gladys and Andrew. If you have the urgent need to do something and help during this difficult time – it means that you love Gladys too. We felt we needed to organize something which is why we started this GoFundMe page:

      Our dearest Gladys is hurting right now. She is always there for all of us. She established the Indo Sisters on Facebook and has brought together over 1.5 thousand Indo women to collaborate, share recipes, love, laughter — and most of all, to be there for each other. She’s been a strong supporter of the Indo Project, and very active in general in uniting the Indo community. She has been especially active with her Church, as well as other noble and important causes. Gladys is the first person to volunteer and help those in need. Her Johnie was this way too. Gladys could really use our love and support. This money will go directly to her and their dear son Andrew. Money doesn’t heal the pain…but it’s helpful in dealing with expenses during such a time. If you’re wanting to contribute and help somehow, this is an effective way to do it. Anything is appreciated. We received the approval of Tim (Gladys and Johnie’s son) in creating this cause. 

We send love to the Qualls family.


Jamie S. and Nancy R. (Indo Sisters)

If you wish to view Johnie’s Obituary please see this link: