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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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Europäische Visionen

The “European Visions” omnibus includes 25 short films from the 25 countries that constituted the European Union in 2004. The project was inspired by Lars von Trier. Filmmakers had five minutes to explore the theme of “Europe.” The German segment … Continue reading

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Film Reviews: “Auf der anderen Seite” (The Edge of Heaven)

As part of their work in the Multicultural Germany undergraduate seminar at UC Berkeley, students in the course have reviewed recent German films relating in various ways to topics of migration, multiculturalism, and contemporary German identity. Ying Ruan and Ann Huang both reviewed Fatih Akin’s … Continue reading

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“Auf der anderen Seite” Review by Traci Fitzharris

Auf der anderen Seite revolves around death; in fact, the movie is separated into chapters titled “Yeter’s Death,” “Lotte’s Death,” and “The Edge of Heaven.” The final chapter, lasting only the last half hour of the movie, is the only … Continue reading

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“Auf der anderen Seite” Review by Ying Ruan

Auf der anderen Seite is a German-Turkish drama directed by Faith Akin in 2007. The movie follows stories of six people from either Germany or Turkey, presenting political and social issues faced by elder and younger generations of Turkish, Turkish-German … Continue reading

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“Auf der anderen Seite” Review by Ann Huang

In his drama Auf der anderen Seite, released in 2007, Fatih Akin depicts the fatefully interwoven lives of six individuals: two mothers, two daughters, and a father and his son. Each filial pair, distinct in its respective place on the … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Class: Multilingualism

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 Treasure Nguyen:  During the tenth week of class we delved into language, exploring … Continue reading

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Multicultural Germany Class: Multiple Tongues

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 Jenelle Mathews:  This week in class was a continuation of last week’s topic, Multiple … 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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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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Spiegel Article Presents Turkish-German Cookbook as “Integration Hit”

In the article “Köfte-Rezept: Türkisch für Anfänger”  hobby cook Peter Wagner continues a series on cooking basics by reviewing the cookbook Sofralar: Türkisch kochen auf Deutsch and adapting a recipe from the book, which stems from the blog KochDichTürkisch. Of particular interest is how … 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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Goethe-Institute: Courses for children and teens

This website provides information into a variety of courses for children and teens on various subjects, in addition to the German language. The courses are primarily recreational, focusing on sports or music, taught in many regions in Germany. The website … Continue reading

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motown auf deutsch.

The Supremes, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye are a few of the most legendary Motown artists.  Many of us are familiar with their hits from the ’60s and ’70s…but could you imagine these same hits being recorded in German?  Yes, … Continue reading

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Two conversations pt. 2: Merkel rebuffs call for Turkish schools in Germany

Soon after the Turkish Prime Minister’s call for fully-Turkish secondary schools to be established in Germany, German Chancellor Angela  Merkel has come out to reject the PM’s plans, calling for integration through learning the German language and German customs. Many … Continue reading

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Two conversations pt. 1: Turkish schools in Germany would ‘show respect’ for culture

Recently, the Turkish Prime Minister has suggested establishing fully-Turkish language teaching secondary (high) schools in Germany. The article is an interview conducted between Deutsche-Welle and Ulrich Raiser, a member of Network Migration in Europe, an EU partly-financed think tank. Mr. … Continue reading

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“Merkel offen fuer tuerkische Schulen in Deutschland” (Merkel is open towards Turkish schools in Germany)

The article “Merkel offen fuer tuerkische Schulen in Deutschland” (Merkel is open towards Turkish schools in Germany) talks about how chancellor Angela Merkel met with Minister-President Erdogan in Turkey this past week. They discussed the topic of Turkish schools in … Continue reading

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“No” to dual citizenship

German-born children of foreign parents will have to choose between citizenship in their birth country and their parents’ country. The article on immigration talks about three German states that proposed to allow German-born children of foreign parents to keep dual … Continue reading

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Merkel gegen türkische Gymnasien in Deutschland

Angela Merkel spoke out against the suggestion by Tayyip Erdogan to open solely Turkish high schools in Germany.  Not only German politicians were against his suggestions; the Türkischen Gemeinde in Deutschland also said that exclusive high schools were counterproductive towards … Continue reading

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