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Sam Ratu Langie in the Netherlands (1913—1919)

Sam Ratu Langie in the Netherlands (1913—1919)

Sam Ratu Langie, awakening nationalism (1913—1917)

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And so it happened that in May or June (??) of 1913 Sam sailed for Amsterdam. According to sources (Taulu) Sam traveled together with a Dutch family who had owned a publishing business (drukkerij) in Manado and was sailing back to Holland. Upon arrival in Holland he apparently found out that he soon had to look for ways to increase his financial resources.

According to unconfirmed information he has found a short time job at as a worker at one of Hollands ports. However being a smart young man he soon adapted himself to local circumstances. He also found out that his talent for writing could eventually provide him with some cash to be earned for a modest living. He remembered that In Tondano and later in Batavia he always had good marks at school for the “de Nederlandsche Taal”. Therefore now in Holland, he tried to be successful in writing articles about “Nederlandsch Indie” as was the name of his native country at that time. He wrote articles in various papers and publications in the Netherlands. It is mentioned that at the end of 1913 in the publication “Onze Kolonien” an article titled “Sarekat Islam” .was published authored by Sam Ratu Langie. In this article he critisized the colonial government of the Netherlands Indies and the European press as ignorant of the real phenomenon of growth of the Sarekat Islam in Java. According to him this phenomenon of development was a sincere expression of the feelings of the people of Java, and not as was discriminatively described by the Dutch press as a dangerous organization which should be prohibited. This misunderstanding has caused a serious rift between the Javanese people and the colonial government. Sam Ratu Langie also gave high appreciation to the “Boedi Oetomo” movement and its leaders such as Tjipto Mangunkusumo and Soewardi whom he thought of as being people with high personality. At the end of the above mentioned article Sam wrote:

“De geschiedenis kan geen enkel volk aanwijzen dat eeuwig overheerscht is. Moge dan de onvermijdelijke scheiding een vriendschappelijke zijn, opdat hierna toch steeds de weldadige wisselwerking van cultuurelementen blijven bestaan tusschen Indie en Nederland, die zooveel eeuwen door de historie met elkander vereenigt zijn geweest”(History has no records of any nation that is colonialized forever. It is hopeful that the inevitable separation (of Indie and Nederland) will proceed in a peaceful way, which should make it possible that also thereafter the good interaction of cultural elements between Indie and the Netherlands, that are entwined throughout the many centuries of history, can continue.)

This article surprised the public of 1913 because a Minahasan, from a region which is provokingly dubbed as the Twelfth Province (Twaalfde Provincie) of the Netherlands, and nota bene has a majority of inhabitants of Christian Believe could write such a careful analysis of a development in Java. Also about his vision on the future which would involve a separation of Indie and Netherland, which words actually mean the “independence” of Indonesia, clearly were not pleasant in the ears of the colonialists. As a result of his writings Sam became known amongst the people who are interested in Indie. He therefore was often also invited to present lectures on various topics of his country. He also beacame good friends with many young Indonesians, who started to come to Holland. Sam also often attended the meetings organized by the “Indische Vereeniging”. This organization was in the beginning mostly frequented by Dutch seniors, mostly pensionars returning from their duties in the colonies. At a later stage the younger people, students from Indie started to join. It is important to note that due to the fact that later more and more youths from Indie came, the “Indische Vereeniging” in 1928 changed to “Perhimpoenan Indonesia” According to records in the book: “In het Land der Overheerschers” (In the Country of the Oppressor) it seemed that in the beginning those people who came from Indie to visit Holland were mostly either princes or noblemen from Central Java, whose stay over there was only for a relatively short time, or also on the other hand there were servants who were brought by their Dutch masters to Holland. But in the beginning of the 20th century bright and educated young man and women came from Indie to Holland. These young man and women came to Holland to further their studies. But after some time of being overseas they recognized how badly the inhabitants of “Indie” were treated in their home country by the colonialists. In Holland the young people were treated as equals whilst in their own home country they always had to bow and to position themselves at a lower status than the oppressors. In the following websites I try to tell something about the experience of my father based on what I read among others in a bundle of documents which I obtained some time ago from the “Nationaal Archief” in den Haag, Holland.

Further stories you can read at the following Reocities websites:Please click below

Sam Ratu Langie berangkat ke Nederland Sam Ratu Langie travels to Nederland Kebangkitan NasionalismeAwakening Nationalism.
Menimba ilmu untuk menjadi guru matematikaStudying to become a mathematics teacher
Belajar dan membina persahabatan internasional di Swis
Studying and gaining international friendships in Switzerland
Menteri Urusan Jajahan, Gubernur Jenderal dan Sam Ratu LangieThe Minister for Colonial Affairs, the Governor General and Sam Ratu Langier
Surat yang penting, dan lampirannya yang hilang
An important letter and a missing attachment

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Sam Ratu Langie di Nederland (1913—1919)

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Kebangkitan nasionalisme dalam diri Sam Ratu Langie

Further stories you can read at the following websites:

Please click below

Sam Ratu Langie berangkat ke Nederland Sam Ratu Langie travels to Nederland Kebangkitan NasionalismeAwakening Nationalism.
Menimba ilmu untuk menjadi guru matematikaStudying to become a mathematics teacher
Belajar dan membina persahabatan internasional di Swis
Studying and gaining international friendships in Switzerland
Menteri Urusan Jajahan, Gubernur Jenderal dan Sam Ratu LangieThe Minister for Colonial Affairs, the Governor General and Sam Ratu Langier
Surat yang penting, dan lampirannya yang hilang
An important letter and a missing attachment

Back to The Homepage of Dr. G.S.S.J.Ratu Langie

First uploaded to Geocities April 28th, last updated May 16th, 2007, FOUND at REOCITIES.COM and uploaded to WordPress.com on April 29th 2015, by M. Sugandi-Ratulangi

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