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Open Access Chapter III: Indiërs

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Chapter III: Indiërs

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Douwes Dekker was to become the main thorn in the side of colonial government. Meant to be a party for all who did not belong to the European white segment of colonial society the Indische Partij called for the creation of what was designated an 'Indiërs race'. Once this 'race' had been formed, and 'the Javanese no longer calls himself a JAVANESE, the Chinese a CHINESE, the European a EUROPEAN, but all call themselves INDIËR', it was explained in De Expres in April 1914, 'then all existing iniquities will automatically disappear'. Douwes Dekker stressed that the Chinese were not foreigners. De Expres called it a mistake by 'our brothers' of the Sarekat Islam that they were obsessed by alleged Chinese hostility. Douwes Dekker set out to write a 'political handbook', a 'scholarly work about the historical evolution of the Netherlands Indies'.

Keywords: De Expres; Douwes Dekker; Indiërs; Netherlands Indies



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