The Hague, the widow of Dutch-Indies

A TV program in The Netherlands called: Typical Dutch.

Jeroen Pauw, a typical Dutch Talk Host, brought a TV program about people, who are living in The Hague.
We all remember about The Hague when it was called “The widow of the Dutch Indies”.
Jeroen Pauw brought together 8 people who all live in The Hague, who are a good representation of the population there, a homo-sexual, a Moroccan-Dutch, a white Dutch woman and man, an Antillean-Dutch, a Muslim-Dutch woman, a Dutch person born in Turkey and a woman originally from Surinam.
These people have been selected out of a large group, who passed the special Dutch list of requirements. That means these people, living in The Hague, represent the Dutch society, according to the program leaders.
What happen to the Indo-Dutch? Do they not represent the people from The Hague? And that after 60 to 70 years being in the Netherlands? We all know that the Indo-Dutch were not welcome 60/70 years ago, and when they still arrive, they have been treated as second class “pinda poep-chinees” human beings.
Are the Indo-Dutch, who are living in The Hague today still second class people and is that the reason that they are not a good representation of The Hague?

Ach kassian, het is voorbij. Kassian, het is voorbij.
Den Haag, Den Haag, de weduwe van Indië ben jij.
Ach kassian, het is voorbij. Kassian, het is voorbij.
Den Haag, Den Haag, de weduwe van Indië ben jij. Den Haag, de weduwe van Indië

Even nowadays there are many typical cultural elements, especially among the older generation of the Indo-Dutch, both in The Netherlands as well as in America. Some typical are almost unique, because they are very different and more emphatic than elements in The Netherlands and America. The Indo culture arises due to the mixture of cultures of the former Dutch-Indies from the period before World War Two and the European.
For example the Indo hospitality to always cook too much food because they always might get unexpected guests. In house nobody wear shoes but slippers. When visiting or leaving friends or families we always shake hands with everybody. The elderly are always treated politely and often spoken with aunt and uncle, also by strangers. It is also a moral duty not to criticize others when visiting a family or friends. Cooked rice is always eaten with the spoon or with the right hand. All the food is serving on the table so that everyone is welcome to take what he/she wants. On special occasions we have our plates with food on our laps or the plate in our hand while everybody finds a place to sit throughout the house, but nobody eats their food standing.
To be able to get someone’s attention wave with your hand back and forth.
When cutting and/or peeling of e.g. fruits, always moves the knife away from you. Pointing the finger is out of the question. Because many cultures above are not known, one says that is the Indo feeling.

Between 1945 and 1965 about 380000 Dutch and Indo-Dutch were forced to leave the Dutch-Indies (after dec. 1949 called Indonesia) for the Netherlands. However the then Government were not in favor of this extensive re-emigration. In 1952 scientist Werner (the Werner Report Commission) made a report of the Indo-Dutch population, which was handed to the Minister President Dr. Drees, who found typical wordings and opinions about the Indo’s, which reminds him of the Nazi time period. He put the file in a drawer and never looks at it.
But evil was already happened: Eurasians were too Oriental to adapt to Dutch society.

Today there are approximately 1 ½ to 2 million Dutch citizens of Indies descent.