Rijksmuseum

Colonization: Shared History or Grudge Kept Alive?

I stole this picture from Rijksmuseum's invitation. It's a charming picture, right? This picture is also used as front page of this book.

I stole this picture from Rijksmuseum’s invitation. It’s a charming picture, right? This picture is also used as front page of this book and its English version. You’ll see more in this post.

“So, do you think Indonesia’s better off occupied by The Dutch?”

One evening, my Dutch friend asked me that. It was clearly a joke. Yet, it got me thinking. The Dutch’ occupation of Indonesia did leave a very important mark in the country’s history. And it colored my point of view towards Netherlands as well. Don’t get me wrong, I do like this country and its people. I don’t think that Dutch people are rude. Okay, some people are, as rude as an immature child trying to make a statement about something. But I can’t help feeling bitter about Utrecht’s Oudegracht or this event from Rijksmuseum.

One friend once remarked that this beauty was constructed out of money from spices and such. Picture from Wikipedia.

One friend once remarked that this beauty was constructed out of money from spices and such. Picture from Wikipedia.

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