Tag Archives: Multicultural Germany

Film Review: The Swissmakers (Die Schweizermacher)

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Karla Palos The 1978 film Die Schweizermacher (The Swissmakers) is a good cop/bad cop comedy directed by Rolf Lyssy which dramatizes the bureaucratic exchanges between immigration officials and … Continue reading

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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: Dirt for Dinner (Dreckfresser)

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Cara Bohmann Dreckfresser – Dirt for Dinner This documentary from 2000 by Branwen Okpako tells the story of Samuel Njankouo Meffire, son of a Cameroonian father and German … Continue reading

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Book Review: Along a Dangerous Road

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Evelyn Roth Along a Dangerous Road – “Der Schlaf in der Ténéré hinterlässt eine unzerstörbare Spur im Körper. Eine Erinnerung für das ganze Leben“ (Sleeping in the Ténéré leaves its mark … Continue reading

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Film Review: My name is not Ali – Ali im Paradies – Jannat Ali

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Tina Schlagenhaufer Film Review: Viola Shafik’s My name is not Ali – Ali im Paradies – Jannat Ali My Name Is Not Ali is a documentary by Viola Shafik[1]  from … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Gradey Wang The 2006 German drama film The Lives of Others (German: Das Leben der Anderen) directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck follows the lives of playwright Georg … Continue reading

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Film Review: Head-On (Gegen die Wand)

Posted in conjunction with the course Multicultural Germany in fall semester 2015. Author: Andrew Christensen Gegen die Wand is a dark and dramatic romance directed and written by Fatih Akın. The film makes a powerful statement about the nature of … Continue reading

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“Still Alive: Memory of Economic Contribution of the Korean Guest Workers” by Jung Woo Park

As the wave of immigrants continues to flood into Germany fleeing the war-torn countries such as Syria, the refugee crisis in Europe dominates the newspaper headlines around the world. Interestingly, however, not all of the newspapers seem to have the … Continue reading

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“Made in Germany: Identity and Memory” by Jung Woo Park

Last Tuesday, we had the opportunity to watch the film Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland, a German comedy film about a former Turkish guest worker. The film was very interesting, not only because it deftly wove comedy into the history … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course: Week 6 Summary (Oct. 5 & 7)

Migration brings both culture and religion. This week in our course we focused on religion and secularism, acknowledging the complexity of the terms in context of past and current migrations related to Germany. Our discussion found its beginnings in questions … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course: Week 5 Summary (Sept. 28 & 30)

This last week in class, we discussed the idea of German collective memory and screened the film Almanya – Welcome to Germany. The week’s discussions started with how the term “melting pot” was used to describe US culture in the … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course: Week 4 Summary (Sept. 21 & 23)

Who defines identity? Germany’s struggle with inclusivity. This last week in class, we discussed the limits of Germany’s capacity to take in immigrants and what it means to be German. Proponents of reducing the number of foreigners in Germany believe … Continue reading

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True Stories of Being Black in Germany, Lakshmi Sarah

Lakshmi Sarah, one of the participants in the course Multicultural Germany, produced an article published in KQED entitled “True Stories of Being Black in Germany” in which she introduces a traveling exhibit from the Goethe Institut and its curator Victoria … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course: Summary of the First Two Weeks

To summarize the first two weeks of the seminar “Multicultural Germany” (fall 2015) it is best to start off with the participants: One third of the class is exchange students, mostly from Germany. Due to this the class can benefit … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Course, Fall Semester 2015

This course addresses questions of mobility and borders in our increasingly connected and disjointed world. We will approach the history of post-World War II Germany through the lens of migration, reading a variety of texts critically and relating them to … Continue reading

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