Interview with Martha

My Roots has managed to trace Martha Chen. Meanwhile, Ana has added me to a chatgroup on Facebook for adoptees who came to the Netherlands via Martha Chen like me. All born in 1977. One of the other adoptees turns out to have been in contact with Martha through al these years! I never knew Martha was still alive. There has also been a conversation with Martha. Ana has arranged one of her Indonesian contacts, Eko, to visit Martha. Eko has tried to figure out what Martha remembers of that time in the 70’s. The adoptions and…

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The day I left Indonesia

I was born in Indonesia. Raised in the Netherlands. Every year I celebrated August 24, the day I flew to the Netherlands when I was a baby, in 1977. It seemed clear to me I had something to celebrate. Since I had excaped the hopeless slums of my hometown in exchange for a house in one of the richest countries in the world. Frankly, I celebrated my life here, in the country I grew up to be the person I am now. The warm family in which I was raised, the all the chances I’ve gotten,…

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My face on a poster

A friendly Asian woman holding a baby in her arms. The baby, that’s me. The woman, that’s Martha Chen. This image is so familiar to me. As long as I can remember, this picture of Martha and me has been in my photo album. On the first page, next to my birth announcement. How bizarre to see our faces on a digital ‘wanted’-poster now. It is part of the action-plan of My Roots. Through social media, they are now trying to track down Martha. Ana will also distribute these posters in the…

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