Recalling the Indies traces the life stories of former residents of the Dutch East Indies, the present-day Republic of Indonesia. These stories belong to people of Dutch and mixed Indonesian and European descent and traces their lives, their exodus from the Indonesian archipelago, and their journey to Australia. Very little of the history of the Indisch Dutch has appeared in the English language. Underlying the entire book is the interest in "History" and historical writing.
Contents: Memory and history, community and nation : telling the story of the Indisch Dutch in Australia / Joost Coté -- Slippery identities : race, religion, and destiny in 17th and 18th century Java / Jean Gelman Taylor -- The Indisch family : daily life in early 20th century Batavia / Pamela Pattynama -- The Indo : class, citizenship, and politics in late colonial society / Ulbe Bosma -- Our Indies home : memories of a colonial childhood : interviews -- Romancing the Indies : the literary construction of Tempo doeloe, 1880-1930 / Joost Coté -- Under the Japs' : memories of internment and revolution : interviews -- The lady and the the gentleman : constructions of an European-ness in the diaries of civilian internees in the Dutch East Indies / Esther Captain -- Australia : settling up : interviews -- No sheltering sky : migrant identities of Dutch nationals from Indonesia / Wim Willems -- An Indisch identity in Australia / Loes Westerbeek.