As I got older, I became more and more interested in my own background, since I have a Dutch father and a Polish mother, I started to wonder, am I more Dutch or more Polish, why is this important to me?
More and more questions started to occupy my mind. In this case, my main interest went to my mother’s background and her roots, I started to wonder what I actually know about how my mother felt when she came to the Netherlands and how different the situation is now in the Netherlands compared to the 80s when my mother came to the Netherlands.
That’s why I decided to make this my project, so I could answer my own questions as well.
From all these questions, my subject; “Polish young children in the Netherlands” was born.
and the theme; “Polish young children in the Dutch society”.
I chose children in the age group of 8 to 12 years old, why this target group. With this age group I have children who are in group 7/8 and who were born here or came to live here very young, these children already have more of a view on life, they are also called “per pubescent” (the phase before puberty), at this age there are more emotions and they have more independence.
I was very curious about their living conditions, how they live at home, completely Polish or a mix of two cultures.
I was also very curious about how they would look at me, because I don’t speak Polish, would they trust me or distrust me?
In the pictures you see the children in the room photographed with a detail picture of a part of the room