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The Place to Belong
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The Place to Belong

This documentary research a hidden history lays in the Dutch East Indies. The positive side of the Dutch East Indies for the Netherlands was the economic boost that they got from importing and exporting goods and trades, a boost that the Netherlands is still proud of. Since mainly Dutch/European men came to the East Indies, they started their own families with indonesian women. The children of these families, that have this blood mixture of Indonesian and European descent, are called Indo (Indo-European). But on 11 January 1942, Japan attacked the Dutch East Indies. It troops was made prisoners of war, and the Dutch East Indies were occupied by the Japanese, ending the Dutch colonial rule. It was necessary to report to the Japanese army department and state where you were born and where your parents have been born. You had to have 85% Indonesian blood to stay out of the camps. In the course of 1942, all white Dutch nationals were detained in Buitenkampers. The Indos and the Dutch were forced to leave the Dutch Indies. For many Indies people who came in the years after the occupation to the Netherlands, around 200-250 000, it was difficult because right after WW2 the Indos were not wanted by the Dutch. The Dutch did not like it that so many people came and needed help, work, food, and housing. Indo people had unconsciously a feeling that they had to adapt. The price of “good” integration is losing your cultural background. That led us to question how did the Indos/buitenkampers preserve or keep their identity during the integration in the Netherlands? Through 3 different generations, we asked how the integration in the Netherland was for their families and what is their opinion on the progress of the Indo identity and how much can be preserved of their identity and what it means to them being a mixed-blood.