By Michael Passage

Jenifer Leidelmeijer

Hello! Hallo! Hola!  I’m Jenifer Leidelmeijer and I am a first-generation Dutch-Indonesian (Indo Dutch or Dutch Indo) Mexican American also referred to as a “Latindo”. I grew up establishing multiple identities to maneuver through my…

By Michael Passage

Cameron Dettman

Grilled Satay at BBQ’s. The smell of Durians in the fridge. My aunt chanting in the afternoons. I have always treasured my Indonesian heritage. It has influenced me since I was a young boy.  After…

By Michael Passage

David Bebelaar

I was born in Toronto in 1963. My father was 23 years old when I was born. When I was 3 years old, my Oma passed away. My dad, now 26, has lost both his…

By Michael Passage

Sjoekje Sasbone

Long pause…“Give it a try.” “No. It’s ok…(awkward chuckle) I don’t want to say this wrong.” “You’ll say it wrong but try. I won’t die or explode… c’mon… just try it.” “Ok….Saah joke ka gee?”…

By Michael Passage

Desiree “Dessie” Castro

Hello there, My name is Desiree “Dessie” Castro, the oldest of 3 siblings, Danielle, Deana and Dylan. Proudly I can say that I was raised with “Indo” family values by my oma Eleonore “Noortje” Barkey-…

By Michael Passage

Tasha Van Raalten-Howe

…I know what you are thinking… She doesn’t look Indonesian; she looks Hispanic or Indian or Middle Eastern. At least that is what everyone else seems to think! I am constantly approached by people asking…