Friday, April 30, 2010
When Holland abandoned Indonesia, all Indonesians of Dutch ancestry were expulsed. Many of the Dutch colonial people had never seen the mainland. Many families had been living in Indonesia for hundreds of years. Some were given a chance to emigrate to the U.S.A. or Australia and started a new life in those countries. There were many Dutch Indonesians who immigrated to California.
I knew some Dutch colonials like Mr Sperling in Lagos. They loved Indonesian food and hated Japanese with a ferocity rarely seen among good Dutch folk.
So these people, of Dutch and mixed ancestry, who had never laid eyes on the Netherlands in many cases, were shipped 'back' to a country they had never seen. Why is this relevant? South Africa maybe?