In Search of a Lost Fatherland (2) Rudy Kousbroek and Sitor Situmorang about Sumatra

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About Sitor Situmorang,
Written by Dirk A. Buiskool, and was originally published in Latitudes,
Apr 30, 2021


After a stay of more than 30 years in Sumatra, I became attached to the country. In 1990 I came to Medan as a teacher of European history, the students were curious about the European story and I about that of Sumatra. I have had endless conversations with the Batak from the highlands, with the Malays from the coastal regions, Minangkabau from West Sumatra, with Javanese and ethnic Chinese Indonesians. In addition, I met countless Dutch people who were looking for the places of their youth, their parents or grandparents. The Indonesians look ahead, to the future, how to rebuild the country, many Dutch came here precisely because of the history with their nostalgic memories.

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