Stories About ‘The Island of Java’

The following stories talk about the subject ‘The Island of Java’.

The Dutch-Indonesian conflict 1945-49 – attention for the other side

Thursday, July 19th, 2012, by . 12 Comments

The Dutch Royal Institute for Linguistics and Anthropology (KITLV) in Leiden has proposed a new inquiry into what actually happened in the conflict between the Netherlands and the Republic in the years 1945-1949. But it will differ from earlier inquiries, that focused on Dutch excesses, in that this time around there will also be attention for the actions of the TNI and the para military groups.


The Retreat III

Friday, September 23rd, 2011, by . 9 Comments

‘The Retreat’ by J. Eijkelboom, Part III. Continued from parts 1 and 2.


The Retreat II

Monday, September 19th, 2011, by . 2 Comments

‘The Retreat’ by J. Eijkelboom, Part II, continued from Part 1.


The Retreat by J. Eijkelboom

Thursday, September 15th, 2011, by . 87 Comments

Jan Eijkelboom was trained in England to 'fight against the Japs' but, as it happened, he was drafted to fight in the Indies when the Japanese had long gone. He arrived in Java in the middle of 1947 and served there as a sergeant for 2 1/2 years. In later life he functioned, inter alia, as editor of the renowned/notorious Amsterdam student paper "Propria Cures" and the leftist weekly "Vrij Nederland". Apart from his journalistic activities he has published about half a dozen bundles of poetry. I have translated here his 'short' story "The Retreat" ("De Terugtocht") that was first published in 1953 in the literary magazine "Libertinage". It is rather a long "short story" and this is only the first part. Two or three more are to follow.


Gusti Dertik in Bali

Friday, July 8th, 2011, by . 18 Comments

“One of the rajas of Badung who once discussed Van der Tuuk with me said very peculiarly of him; “There is in the whole of Bali only one man who knows and understands Balinese and that man is Gusti Dertik”

from Dr. Julius Jacobs , “Eenigen tijd onder de Baliers”, 1883


Indonesia Tourism Awards

Monday, December 13th, 2010, by . 4 Comments
Indonesia Tourism Awards

Tourists polled, their favourite hotels, restaurants, malls, and holiday destinations in Indonesia.


Indonesia’s Claims to Papua

Saturday, October 30th, 2010, by . 100 Comments

The tangled logic of the state of Indonesia's assertion of sovereignity over western Papua.


Jakarta OverPopulation?

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010, by . 37 Comments

Census figures unreliable, are Jakarta and Java are much less populated than is thought?


Raymond Westerling

Friday, May 21st, 2010, by . 59 Comments

Captain Westerling, hero against Javanese imperialism or villain of its Dutch counterpart.


A Shadow Falls

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, by . 31 Comments

A Shadow FallsMystics and Islamists battle it out in a Javanese village, Andrew Beatty's "A Shadow Falls".


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