Dr. Tineke Hellwig was born in Surabaya, Indonesia to a Dutch father and Indonesian mother. Shortly after her birth she moved to Utrecht, the Netherlands, where she grew up immersed in Dutch culture and speaking Dutch. Tineke developed an interest in Indonesian culture after visiting her maternal relatives in Indonesia. She studied Indonesian language and literature at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where she earned her PhD in modern Indonesian literature. She continued her professional career at UBC, where she taught Indonesian and Southeast Asian literature, culture, and history, until her early retirement in 2012. She is now an Associate Professor Emerita in Asian Studies.