Hapin’s anniversary year is in full swing. We seize this opportunity to bring out personal stories of those who care about Papua. With the aim of putting the spotlight on Papua’s heritage rather than Hapin. A look back at the past few months:

January: We interviewed Betty Ireeuw-Kaisiëpo (82) about her first Christmas in the Netherlands, Alje Drost (71) about Papua in the 1950s and Waida Vogel-Bwefar (47) about her double roots.

February: We kicked off the ‘Story Salon’ project during a digital workshop. Second and third generations of Papuan youth write about their identity under the guidance of author Merel Hubatka.

March: We recorded cooking videos with Robbert van der Linde (28), Rozemarijn Bruinink (25), Marnella Arrendell (40) and Jimmy Rayar (36), who not only shared family recipes but also stories behind the dishes.

April: We interviewed Eef Mamoribo (81) and Robinson Jouwe (28) about the role that (Papua) music plays in their lives.

May: We took part in a panel discussion on postcolonial migration history in Utrecht.

June: In Eefde we enjoyed a barapen with Dutch Papuans and sympathizers, a party under the starry sky with food from a traditional ground oven.

You can find these and many more stories and videos at www.papuadalamhatiku.nl. No Internet? Feel free to call our office, so that we can send (a few) stories on paper. And stay alert, because there’s a lot more to come!