This paper explores the nature of an inter-racial relationship that developed between a young Dutch girl, Annie Glaser, and the daughters of the Bupati of Jepara - the sisters of Raden Ajeng Kartini - in Central Java revealed in a recently discovered cache of letters written by the Javanese women, in Dutch, between 1902 and 1915. While throwing further light on the events surrounding the story of Kartini , the paper also shines a light on the ambiguous nature of colonial friendships between women in this period. It suggests that closer reading of this ordinary correspondence reveals the growing sense of national identity that made possible real friendships between European and Indonesian women in colonial Java in the first decades of the twentieth century.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Dutch Crossing: a journal of low countries studies|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- Dutch east indies
- Javanese nationalism