Blast from the Past

At the Christ­mas par­ty last week­end, I men­tioned to the peo­ple seat­ed with us that I was Indone­sian. Some­one said, “Indone­sia used to be a Dutch colony, right?” I said, “Yes, for three and a half cen­turies.” Then they added, “My fam­i­ly is Dutch.” And I was like, umm­mm… Should I tell them that the Dutch were crap rulers and were so suc­cess­ful at keep­ing the Indone­sian peo­ple une­d­u­cat­ed that it actu­al­ly took us three and a half frickin’ cen­turies to smarten up and kick their col­lec­tive butt out of the coun­try? And that to this day we still secret­ly wish we’d been a British colony instead? Luck­i­ly for them, I got dis­tract­ed by food and didn’t remem­ber hav­ing that con­ver­sa­tion until this morn­ing. Heh.

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  1. It’s true what they say, nev­er talk pol­i­tics or reli­gion. It gets every­one into trou­ble. I always bring up pol­i­tics in gath­er­ings. Ugh.

  2. Well, I doubt being any country’s colony would be much fun. Though now that you men­tioned it, I think the British wouldn’t have done much bet­ter than the Dutch. Big­ger colonies must be tougher to rule.

  3. fir­da, would you be angri­er if i told you that in the dutch school they teach only good thing about the colo­nial times? it makes me sick!
    if i have chil­dren i’ll tell them the truth, war is not nice, but it’s much not nicer to ignore the truth

  4. I doubt the Eng­lish would have been any bet­ter, remem­ber a lit­tle British colony known as India? Though I guess rela­tions with the “moth­er coun­try” is a lit­tle more con­ge­nial than between the Dutch and Indone­sian peo­ple.

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