Tjan Ang Kie (Yanti Chandra) Postwedding • Padangpandjang, Dutch East Indies, 1939
The postwedding portrait of Tjan Ang Kie, as she poses in her house in Padangpandjang, a town nearby Fort De Kock. It is made with shashin abura-e Japanese colouring in technique.
During the Second World War, as Japan invaded Indonesia in 1941, Tjan Ang Kie had only gave birth to my uncle, Lie Ka Tjoen (Felix Fadjarmarta). She escaped the raping-spree of the Japanese soldiers, as she ran into the forest when they came. The baby was in the house, crying. The Japanese soldiers questioned who the mother was, but her father-in-law, Lie Tiang Beng, begged to the Japanese to let them go. The family survived the attack.