By J. Ex (auth.)

People aren't so firmly rooted as they was once. The larger frequency, no less than within the Western global, with which individuals flow condo might be visible from the facts. Many migrate voluntarily, or less than compulsion, to accumulate new existences in different components of the rustic or in different elements of the realm. the issues which face those who find themselves obliged to settle somewhere else became issues of nationwide and overseas political significance. of contemporary years they've got additionally develop into the topics of sociological and socio-psychological examine. The mental examine of which this booklet supplies an account happened between households who a few years in the past emigrated from what used to be then referred to as the Dutch East Indies to the Netherlands. Dutch is the language spoken from their formative years. Born and bred in one other a part of the area they embarked in teams to the Nether­ lands, which that they had by no means obvious prior to, whilst the rustic they lived in turned self sustaining. without doubt that they had a shiny photograph of the Netherlands. It was once the mum state; they'd heard greatly approximately it during the basic schooling they'd bought. They have been accustomed to it via photos and during the touch, notwithstanding superficial, with representatives of the ruling kingdom. the army carrier which had performed such a major half within the lives of the male adults had made them believe sure up with the rustic of the home of Orange.

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Theme 8 'Compared to here, the scenery there is a paradise; much grander and more colourful. Trees and plants, and fruits and vegetables grow everywhere. There are always flowers and it's always green there. Here it rains all the year through; those puddles, ditches and rivers; those bare trees and greyness! In Indonesia there wasn't any sense talking about the weather; I understand now why they do it here. It's so flat and bare here. What we would call a little park they call a wood. The scenery here is so stiff and straight; it's just as if it's made by man instead of nature.

It will suffice here to reproduce some of the remarks made by the refugees. "I often feel homesick ... " "My mother and sisters are still in Indonesia. ] "No, I don't. I haven't got my family here. " "We miss our parents and relations. There were eleven of us when we were still out there. " "Real, trusted friends"! [Pointing to the mantelpiece at two photographs of a couple of friends left behind in Indonesia]. "I miss my circle of friends. " "The family! I don't receive any more letters from Indonesia.

Remarks indicated by single quotation marks are literal renderings though rearranged by the author in a specific order. SUBJECTS TALKED ABOUT 19 they express themselves openly and are rid of it. The Dutch are coarse, but they don't cherish feelings of hatred. The Indonesian Dutchman fosters his hatred for years; he's adopted it from the Eastern mentality. The average Dutchman is badly informed. They have no idea what Indonesia is like or who we are. ' Theme 2 'All the houses are built of brick, it's so bare and dreary.

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