Wendie Shaffer has worked as a translator in the Netherlands since 1971, concentrating on historical studies.
Listed in: History · Southeast Asian Studies
International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Book Prize
Shortlist Social Sciences
Being “Dutch” in the Indies portrays Dutch colonial territories in Asia not as mere societies under foreign occupation but rather as a “Creole empire.” In telling the story of the Creole empire, the authors draw on government archives, newspapers, and literary works as well as genealogical studies that follow the fortunes of individual families over several generations. They also critically analyze theories relating to culturally and racially mixed communities.
“This is a book that will give pleasure to many readers, while correcting popular stereotypes and entrenched scholarly assumptions. It can be highly recommended to anyone interested in colonial social history, or wider questions of cultural exchange.”
International History Review