A clamant situation: The social position of Eurasians in Indonesia 1950-1957

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    Abstract

    This article is about the increasingly uncomfortable socio-economic position of the Eurasian community in independent Indonesia. Due to the deteriorating political relations between newly independent Indonesia and the Dutch over New Guinea and other decolonisation issues since 1949, the Eurasians living become the scapegoat of the political tentions between both countries. They are torn between two worlds and whatever nationality they have (Dutch or Indonesian), they become more and more an outcast group in what they consider their motherland. Unemployed and discriminated they impoverish. They feel trapped because the Dutch government refuses to help them in coming over to the Netherlands. When the relations Dutch-Indonesian relations reach a low in 1957 the Indonesian government expels all Dutchmen. The Dutch government has no choice but to allow almost all Eurasian, regardless their nationality, to come over.
    Translated title of the contributionA clamant situation: The social position of Eurasians in Indonesia 1950-1957
    Original languageDutch
    Title of host publicationHet einde van Indië
    Subtitle of host publicationIndische Nederlanders tijdens de Japanse bezetting en de dekolonisatie
    EditorsWim Willems, Jaap de Moor
    Place of Publication's-Gravenhage
    PublisherSdu Uitgevers
    Pages239-255
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print) 90-12-08262-5
    Publication statusPublished - 1995

    Keywords

    • Indonesia Netherlands decolonisation Eurasians

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