Karine Versluis, 2010
«Karine Versluis, the woman who authored this book, is a Dutch Antillean according to the definition of radical thought. She exemplifies the positive futurity of the Dutch Kingdom in the making. Versluis understands that is not roots but 'routes' that qualify and displace roots when these inhibit us from recognizing the humanity in one another.
Her book is a working through of the Dutch Antillean identity as traditionally defined. She qualifies traditional thought with radical thought. She photographically records the lives of young men and women who travled as students from the island of Curaçao to the Netherlands. For anyone waiting to pursue higher education, the Netherlands is the obvious choice. The islanders carry Dutch passports and are eligible to receive scholarships from the Dutch government. When we add to these facts the reality that the island has few tertiary educational facilities, one understand why, every year, ambitious Curaçoans book one-way tickets from Hato to Schiphol! When these youngsters from Curaçao leave, they are syre that one day they will return to their moms and dads, to their aunts and uncles, to their grandparents, to their friends, to their young brothers and sisters. Everyone believes the lie that one day might become truth.»
Francesco Guadeloupe (Lecturer and researcher at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Develpoment Studies, Radbound University Nijmegen and the University of Amsterdam).
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