A Cuppa Java
How the Java Culture Influenced The Dutch
by Alyeska Dronsfield #SCSAP
From their original annexation in the late 17th and early 18th centuries to their declaration for independence in 1945, the Dutch East Indies (particularly Java) have influenced Dutch culture in more ways than one.
The painting genre Mooi Indie, Dutch for "Beautiful Indies", was created around colonial Indie culture. The genre usually included paintings romanticizing the everyday aspects of the colonial culture, with focuses such as servants, nobles, and native women. It was most often painted by Dutch artists, but has been the influence of Native, European, and Chinese painters alike.
The Dutch East Indies became the backdrop to a total of 112 films starting in 1926 until the colonies dissolved. Many of the films have only survived in archives and are otherwise lost. A few of the films produced here include Loetoeng Kasaroeng (an adaptation of a Sundanese folktale) and Karnadi Anemer Bangkong (the first talkie movie in the Indies, a comedy retelling a Sundanese novel in a rather controversial manner). Most films afterward were delivered in Dutch, Japanese (during their occupation), or a native language.
At the end of the 19th century, Java was able to modernize their architecture and civilization. Not only did they develop train stations, business hotels, office buildings, and factories, they also began to develop more European architecture styles with Indonesian trims.