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The Early Years

Born on January 16, 1922, in Sukabumi (Soekaboemi) on the island of Java in what was then the Dutch East Indies, Giok Po Oey, of Chinese descent, lived his early years in a period of great upheaval and change. Coming of age at the beginning of World War II, he witnessed the horrific Japanese occupation of Indonesia, an end to centuries of foreign control, and the beginnings of a tumultuous journey toward democracy.