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Java, the Garden of the East
Eliza Rumaha Scidmore was born October 14, 1856 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America and died November 3, 1928 in Geneva, Switzerland. She was a journalist and a traveller and spent long periods in in Alaska, Japan, China, Java and India. In this book about Java written in 1912, Scidmore, who clearly loved the subject is very enthusiastic about the country and t ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published January 15th 2007 by Trotamundas Press
(first published January 1st 1984)
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Reading Scidmore's account of her travel to Java, I cannot help but compare her work with that of Augusta de Wit's (Java: Facts and Fancies). Both were published around the same time and both illuminated the ins and outs of traveling (and to a certain extent, living) in 1890s Java in what was then the Netherlands East Indies.
Yet, whereas de Wit's--perhaps due to her Dutch Indies background, she was after all born in Sumatra--empathetically captured and described the everyday life of "orang blan...more