Indonesian History

Jugun Ianfu: The Tragic Fate of Comfort Women in Japan’s Era

Jugun Ianfu was a comfort woman who accompanied the Japanese army during the war. During the Asia-Pacific War, they had to meet the sexual needs of Japanese soldiers in a rough, inhumane and extensive way. Jugun Ianfu actually understood the signs that they violated normal or oriental culture. However, the tricks, threats, and terror of …

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Rockefeller Foundation and Sanitation Program in the Dutch East Indies

The arrival of Rockefeller Foundation officials in the Dutch East Indies presented the colonial government with a dilemma. On the one hand, they doubted the agency’s true mission, and on the other hand, it was difficult for them to refuse the Rockefeller Foundation’s arrival because of pressure from all sides, and the fact that hygiene …

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Smallpox and the Earliest Vaccination in the Dutch East Indies

The launch of the smallpox vaccination program in the Dutch East Indies is the first preventive step to prevent the spread of the disease. However, colonial-era health workers faced various challenges, including vaccine availability and popular rejection of vaccines. Traces of smallpox in the archipelago Smallpox is a long-standing disease in the archipelago. Peter Boomgaard …

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Biography of Christiaan Eijkman (1858-1930)

Some time ago, the Eijkman Institute came to the attention of the public. The news of the agency’s incorporation into the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), and the news that researchers could be fired within it, has had pros and cons in society. Some enthusiastically support the move, but others oppose the policy. If …

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Nurturing Nature: The History of Conservation in the Dutch East Indies

Not long ago, Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI) released very surprising information about the destruction of forest land in Indonesia. According to the FWI study, approximately 1.47 hectares of forest land continued to be lost between 2013-2019. This really huge number also shows that deforestation is still happening on a large scale. This reality also raises …

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