Publications by Dirk A Buiskool


  • Tours through historic Medan and its surroundings (travelguide) with Koudenburg, Medan, 1994. (Reprints 1997, 1999, 2003, 2008)
  • De reis van Harm Kamerlingh Onnes, Brieven uit de Oost 1922-1923. (The voyage of Harm Kamerlingh Onnes, letters from the East 1922-1923), Verloren, Hilversum, the Netherlands, 1999. This book received the Linschoten Award 1999 for a publication in the field of travelhistory.

Co-author books

  • Medan, beeld van een stad (Medan, impression of a city), Asia Major, Nederland, 1997
  • The Dutch Encounter with Asia, 1600-1950 Rijksmuseum Amsterdam,
  • Kota Lama, Kota baru. Sejarah Kota-Kota di Indonesia sebelum dan setelah kemerdekaan. (Old city, new city: The history of the Indonesian City Before and After Independence) Yogyakarta: Penerbit Ombak, 2005.

Papers and articles

  • “De gebroeders Tjong, zakentalent, politiek en filantropie in koloniaal Medan“. (The Tjong brothers, business talent, politics and philantrophy in colonial Medan) in: Spieghel Historiael, Meppel, The Netherlands, 1994.“The Chinese commercial elite of Medan, 1890-1942.” Paper presented for the seminar Shared Histories Conference, organised by the Penang Heritage Trust, 30 July – 3d August 2003, Penang.“The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Medan 1910-1960.”/ Paper presented for the seminar ‘Dekolonisasi dan Posisi Etnis Tionghoa di Indonesia’, Padang, 18-21 juni 2006
  • “Perceptions on Indonesian late colonial history Focus on Medan.” Paper presented for the seminar “Sejarah Indonesia yang Kontroversial: Solusi dan Strategi Pengajarannya SMA” Universitas Negeri Medan (Unimed). Medan, 8 September 2007.
  • Persons who made a positive contribution to East Sumatra, 1860-1942./ Paper presented at the seminar : “Para Tokoh, Pejuang dan Pahlawan Sumatera Utara”. At the centre for historical and social studies Negeri Universitas Medan. Medan, 10 November 2007.
  • “Local Politics in Medan, 1890-1942.” Paper presented at the Encompass (Encountering of a common past in Asia) conference, 6-8 January 2009, Medan. Conference organised by Leiden University the Netherlands, in cooperation with the Universitas Negeri Medan, restaurant Omlandia and the Universitas Sumatera Utara (University of North Sumatra).
  • “The Chinese Commercial Elite of Medan, 1890-1942: The Penang Connection”,in: Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Volume 82 Part 2 No. 297 December 2009
  • “Twenty Years of Return Tourism on Sumatra and Java”. Paper presented at the conference ‘Travelling Heritages. Return-tourism of WW II-veterans, survivors and relatives to and from Indonesia and Japan’ at the Dutch Institute for War Documentation at 20 and 21 Octobre 2011 in Amsterdam.

Popular articles

  • Jalan Hakka no. 2in Archipel Magazine, spring 2006
  • Medan, de plantersstad(Medan, the plantation city) In Archipel Magazine, autumn 2007
  • Spookhuis in Medan, (Ghosthouse in Medan) Archipel Magazine, spring 2008
  • Talang Benoa, Archipel Magazine, summer 2008
  • Het Huis van Lim Hong Lap, (The house of Lim Hong Lap) Archipel Magazine, winter 2008
  • De Multatuli van Deli. Archipel Magazine, Spring 2010
  • Jubileum Tjong A Fiein: East! Magazine, autumn 2011
  • Tan Boen Djin in: East/Down Under Magazine, winter 2015
  • De Grand Lady of Music uit Medan. In Azie Down Under Magazine autumn 2016.

Dirk A. Buiskool is currently working on a book on the Chinese commercial elite of Medan which is planned for publication in 2017.