The umpteenth adjustment. Our (grand) parents moved to the Netherlands years ago. Not because it was possible, but because they had to. The new title of the glossy is therefore PINDAH * which means “To Move” in Bahasa Indonesia, pronounce “PEEN-DAH”...
This new PINDAH * reflects the diversity and inclusiveness of the Indo Dutch Community: stories about the Bersiap, seventy years of RMS, Decolonization, Backpay claims, the grief of the Papuans. A mix in which no ingredient should dominate, as Kirsten Goote-Vos states in her interview: “If you want to make a good Soto, you have to be able to smell all the ingredients, nothing should dominate. They must all come into their own. ”
The role of youth is essential to preserve our heritage. Essential for the transfer of knowledge and information. Hence a lot of attention in this PINDAH * for the third generation. Young people who, as NRC journalist (NRC is one of The Netherlands major newspapers) Yaël Vinckx remarks in her contribution, can play an important role in passing on the stories because of their open-minded question to the elderly. Because that’s what it’s about. PINDAH * is very happy with the interviews with DJ Don Diablo, poet Ellen Deckwitz, the writing couple Auke Kok and Dido Michielsen and a number of SOCAL INDOS. They are very open about their own background and sources of inspiration. Columnist and publicist Theodor Holman, journalists Marc Chavannes and Hans Moll refer to their youth, what they have heard and seen and how those experiences have shaped them.
Read how deeply the Dutch East Indies is anchored in Yvonne Keuls, about the time Xaviera Hollander spent in a Japanese camp. And how Louise Doorman writes about her grandfather Karel Doorman.
Of course also attention for entertainment: the Indo Dutch kitchen, an update of the latest Indo and Moluccan books, lifestyle according to Miss Sunny, art with Frans Leidelmeijer and much more.
In 2020, 75 years of freedom will be celebrated – some will celebrate on May 5, others on August 15, and for a third group there will be nothing to celebrate. However, during the current Corona crisis, we all realize that being “free” doesn’t exist without security. And that safety comes first, especially now. Because otherwise there is nothing to commemorate.