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Film Review: Fack ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer)

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Jasmine Giang Fack ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer) is a 2013 German screwball/romantic comedy, directed by Turkish-German director Bora Dağtekin. It proved to be one of the most commercially … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Brudermord” (Fratricide)

As part of the Multicultural Germany undergraduate seminar at UC Berkeley, students reviewed recent German films relating in various ways to topics of migration, multiculturalism, and contemporary German identity. Melissa Carlson reviewed Yilmaz Arslan’s 2005 film “Brudermord”:  Fratricide is a drama with … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Scherbenpark” (Broken Glass Park)

UC Berkeley undergraduate Brittany Scott reviewed Alina Bronsky’s 2008 novel Broken Glass Park: Broken Glass Park is a young adult novel that brilliantly emphasizes how differences in nationality can impact one individual’s life in a multiplicity of ways. The main protagonist Sascha fights … Continue reading

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Scherbenpark (Broken Glass Park)

English translation: Broken Glass Park, translated by Tim Mohr, Europa Editions, 2010. Book Review by UC Berkeley undergraduate student Brittany Scott:  Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky was published in 2010 and is a young adult novel that brilliantly emphasizes how differences … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Bekannte Fremde: Geschichten aus dem interkulturellen Alltag”

As part of their work for the Multicultural Germany undergraduate seminar at UC Berkeley, students in the course have reviewed recent German books relating in various ways to topics of migration, multiculturalism, and contemporary German identity. Teddy Lee reviewed Klaus Geiger’s … Continue reading

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Bekannte Fremde: Geschichten aus dem interkulturellen Alltag

Book Review by UC Berkeley undergraduate Teddy Lee:  Das Buch von Klaus F. Geiger, Bekannte Fremde: Geschichten aus dem interkulturellen Alltag gibt einen Überblick über die kulturellen unterschiede zwischen den Deutschen und den Türken. Alle Formen von Diskriminierungen gegen lebenden … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Class: Week 4, Defining “German”

This post is part of a series in which students reflect on their discussions in the UC Berkeley undergraduate seminar “Multicultural Germany.” This week’s summary is by Preethi Kandhalu: The “Multicultural Germany” class started off the week with an interesting presentation … Continue reading

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Berkeley Exchange Students Reflect on German Identity

MGP research assistant Judith Sijstermans discusses questions of German and European identity with Shenshen Wang, Nora Schroder, and Svenja Von Itter from the University of Konstanz:  In fall 2013, Shenshen Wang, Nora Schröder and Svenja Von Itter came to Berkeley from … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Class: Week 2, Socialist Friends – Part 2

This post is part of a series in which students reflect on their discussions in the UC Berkeley undergraduate seminar “Multicultural Germany.” This week two students have written summaries of the past week’s sessions. This is the second post, written … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Class: Week 2, Socialist Friends – Part 1

This post is part of a series in which students reflect on their discussions in the UC Berkeley undergraduate seminar “Multicultural Germany.” This week two students have written summaries of the past week’s sessions. The first is by Brittany Scott: The first … Continue reading

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Berkeley Student Research Report: Foreign Students in Germany

A research report by UC Berkeley undergraduate student and MGP participant Yiran Wang: As the unemployment rate in Germany has dropped, the number of unoccupied positions in the job market has increased. A recent report shows that nearly 500,000 jobs … Continue reading

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Spring 2014 Multicultural Germany Course

This semester the UC Berkeley German Department will once again offer the undergraduate seminar “Multicultural Germany,” which will focus on migration and mobility in post-WWII German history. In the coming weeks, we hope to share some of the conversation generated … Continue reading

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Immigrant Students and Foreign Students in Germany

In some urban part of Germany, the proportion of students with migration backgrounds is up to 90 percent. However, few of them will achieve college degree so that they are less confident compared with native German students. The project “Dialog … Continue reading

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Featured Article — Welfare State Integration of Immigrants: The German Case

Student News Report by Judith Sijstermans: This month the Institute of European Studies at Berkeley is featuring an article on the integration of immigrants in Germany. The article is written by Friedrich Heckmann from the University of Bamberg. He addresses the … Continue reading

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New Goethe-Institut “Pre-integration” Portal: “Mein Weg nach Deutschland”

According to the website: “The project aims to optimise the transition between pre-integrative language-learning, information and advice courses abroad and initial language teaching, as well as further integration measures provided by the Federal Government in Germany.

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Imam Training at Universities

German University starts Seminars for Imams Spiegel Online Germany: Imam Training at Universities The New York Times Online

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CDU Turkish Minister Appointment ‘Flops’

Aygül Özkan, the first Muslim woman with Turkish origin appointment for state minister in Lower Saxony from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) , caused an uproar on Monday when she suggested that crucifixes should be banned in classrooms. Özkan is … Continue reading

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Designierte CDU-Ministerin gegen Kruzifixe an Schulen

One of the CDU’s ministers in Niedersachsen has ordered all crucifixes to be removed from public schools; just like the ban of headscarves, public schools are meant to be neutral and religiously unaffiliated.  However, she now faces increasing criticism from … Continue reading

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Traveling exhibition in Berlin sheds new light on Islamic art

This summer Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall will be hosting his Royal Highness Aga Khan IV private collection of Islamic art. According to Luis Monreal, director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, each piece was chosen “to present some of … Continue reading

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It’s Time For Turkey To Snap Out Of Its Self-Delusion

Conflict ensues over the establishment of Turkish high schools to promote integration in Germany.  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is putting pressure on German politicians to “see the signs of the times,” having recently lobbied for the Turkish diaspora … Continue reading

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