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First Advisor

Vincent Lyon-Callo

Second Advisor

Gary Marquardt


Latu Mae Rissa: Leader Come to War! An Autoethnography of Colonialization and Post-colonization is an undergraduate honors thesis that examines the effects and aftermath of Dutch colonialism regarding the Moluccan community through oral history, and unique narratives from four generations in the family Latumaerissa in the Netherlands. The generational narratives capture the indigenous Moluccan experience during the Dutch colonial and postcolonial eras. The findings in this thesis indicate that the Dutch colonial past and the historical events that occurred during and after Dutch decolonization function as significant Moluccan identity markers as they influenced the Moluccan being through intergenerational trauma which is felt and passed down as the ‘pain of the Moluccan’. Nonetheless, the stories in this thesis serve as a living testimony of Moluccan resilience and strength through forced displacement, historical challenges, and oppression.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access