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. Rhea
    November 27, 2006

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

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  2. Firda
    November 27, 2006

    Hehe. We weren’t real­ly talk­ing pol­i­tics. I’m sure they didn’t mean to offend me or any­thing. :)

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  3. Firda
    November 27, 2006

    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.

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  4. retno
    November 27, 2006

    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

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  5. Troy
    November 27, 2006

    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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  6. Firda
    November 27, 2006

    I wouldn’t doubt it., Ret­no But hope­ful­ly they’ll learn what real­ly hap­pened when they’re old­er.

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  7. Michelle
    November 27, 2006

    it’s kind of like when peo­ple apol­o­gize to me for enslav­ing my ances­tors… weird. “Thanks, I guess?,” you know?

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