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?” “See! I’m fine. (Smiling) Also that’s wrong. It’s pronounced ‘shoek’ya’” This has been the beginning of every single conversation I’ve had with people since the moment I had to introduce myself. There have been a few modifications to this dialogue over the years. I have spared teachers the agony by saying my name first… unless I didn’t like the teacher… then they can power through it. When people look at my name tag, I tell them “it’s useless… just call me Suki” a nickname I acquired after the 500th failed attempt ending with “Suki?” “Yeah ok… it’s Suki.” I was 6 at that time. I learned early on that if someone can’t pronounce your name nor tries, you are either completely avoided or completely focused upon as the point of unwarranted attention. But you know what? My name is very special as it holds a wealth of history that has allowed me to educate everyone in my path about Friesland, the Moluccan Islands, Dutch Indonesian people, the history of World War II (WWII) fought in Southeast Asia and about my ancestors who live through me. My name is Sjoekje Frederika Sasbone. “Shoek’ya? Oh! That’s not that hard when you say it. Shoek’ya… That’s pretty! What is that?” “Sjoekje is actually a Friesian name. Friesland is a province in Holland. My mom is Dutch and my dad is Indonesian.” “It’s Dutch.” “Oh…” (I know this look… the look of “you don’t look Dutch”). . Specifically, from the Moluccan Islands, known to you as the ‘Spice Islands’ where all your spices come from.” Share on FacebookTweetFollow us CategoryIndo of the month 2019Tagsambon americanindo Dutch Dutcheastindies DutchIndo dutchindonesian indoamerican indodutch indomexican latindo mexindo moluccan socal Post navigation Previous PostPrevious PINDAH*, The sequelNext PostNext Über Indo and SoCal Indo Eddie Van Halen dies at 65 2 thoughts on “Jenifer Leidelmeijer” Cor Van Overeem says: April 27, 2020 at 10:49 am A truly work of historical art written with passion and love for family. I am most in awe for the details found here describing of the struggles and dire hardships that families endure. Yes, rest in peace forevermore to those that gave their lives. I am also very happy to read of the better times that the multi diverse families have come to experience. For the next generations, make this story a profound background to build on while honoring those that came before. What a wonderful written family history this is and many, many thanks for sharing it with us. John De La bretoniere says: April 28, 2020 at 8:37 am The story of your family, is like mine, very similar, however I have tried to trace my family roots, and got as far as my uncle and aunts, because of the war, most of our documents have been destroyed, I was born in the Netherlands, and my father was in the KNIL and was a POW sent to Japan, he also suffered cruelty by the Japanese, well anyway I enjoyed reading about your family, and I hope to meet you sometime in the future, I live in San Dimas. Sincerly, John De La Bretoniere Comments are closed.