Migration and Diasporas
In my contribution on transnational relationships of Indo-Europeans with Indonesia, I would like to revise the image of what has been called by Gert Oostindie ‘the evaporation of the postcolonial bonus’. Wit regard to Indo-European (as well as Surinamese, Antillean and Moluccan) Dutchmen and –women, he stated: “They will identify less and less primarily with their colonial roots; that more and more distant past will only be one element of what they will consider as their identity.” (Oostindie 2010, 269, translation EC). Recent developments in the Dutch as well as Indonesian society have shown the opposite: the colonial past has returned in all its fierceness, whilst the call for the decolonization of this past can be heard loudly. The third (and fourth) generation of Indo-Europeans do indeed consider the colonial past and their position in the postcolonial present as relevant for their actual concerns.
I will describe the various generations of Indo-Europeans: the composition of this group, how do they see themselves and how are they seen by others, how do they shape the transnational relationship between the Netherlands and Indonesia? I will use the work of historian Jay Winter in an attempt to answer the question how these generations of Indo-European Dutch have asserted themselves in the Dutch society and how they have positioned themselves vis-à-vis Indonesia.