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Silenced Voices

Uncovering a Family's Colonial History in Indonesia (Ohio RIS Southeast Asia Series)

By Inez Hollander

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 January 2009
Like a number of Netherlanders in the post World War II era, Inez Hollander only gradually became aware that her family had significant connections with its Dutch colonial past, including an Indonesian great-grandmother. For the most part such personal stories have been, if not entirely silenced, at least only whispered about in Holland, where society has remained uncomfortable with many aspects of its imperial rule. Unlike the majority of memoirs that are soaked in nostalgia for tempo dulu, Hollander's sets out to come to grips with her family's past by weaving together personal records with more general, academic views of the period. She seeks not merely to locate and preserve family memories, but also to test them against a more disinterested historical record. Hers is a complicated and sometimes painful personal journey of realization, unusually mindful of the ways in which past memories and present considerations can be intermingled when we seek to understand a difficult past. Silenced Voices is an important contribution to the literature on how Dutch society has dealt with its recent colonial history.
EAN: 9780896802698
ISBN: 0896802698
Publisher: Ohio University Monographs in International Studies
Dimensions: 548.7 x 355.6 x 2.3 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Inez Hollander teaches in the Dutch Studies Program at UC Berkeley. Her publications include The Road from Pompey's Head: The Life and Work of Hamilton Basso and a memoir, Awakening from the American Dream.


"Hollander's story helps us think in more complex ways about the history of Dutch colonialism, and the multiple legacies of the colonial relationship. Yet rather than dwelling on this aspect, it offers an honest and complex portrayal of the personal and familial consequences of colonial politics and the legacies that linger on." - Pacific Affairs "The amazingly clever technique Hollander utilizes to recreate her family's past lives -- juxtaposing her relatives' recollections with contemporaneous historical accounts -- is one that should inspire any of us to delve deeper into our genealogies to bring our own forebears to life. This book is an extraordinary piece of research work." - Bali Advertiser

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