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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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Film Reviews: Kebab Connection

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. Sara Sellami, Preethi Kandhalu, and Victoria Brinkerhoff reviewed Anno Saul’s 2005 … Continue reading

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Kebab Connection – Review by Christine Leper

A comedy centered around a young couple in Germany from very different backgrounds, Kebab Connection makes light of many cultural stereotypes. At the beginning of the film, the main character, Ibo, a young man in his early twenties of Turkish … Continue reading

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Kebab Connection – Review by Victoria Brinkerhoff

Filmed in 2004 and released in 2005, the German film Kebab Connection dramatically portrays the dilemma of a young Turkish man, Ibo, after he finds out his German girlfriend is pregnant. Falling into the genres of action, comedy, and romance, … Continue reading

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Kebab Connection – Review by Preethi Kandhalu

Directed by Anno Saul, “Kebab connection” is a German-Turkish comedy film that was released in 2004. Set in Hamburg, Germany, “Kebab connection” tells the story of an aspiring film maker, Ibo Secmez, who hopes to one day make the first … Continue reading

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Kebab Connection – Review by Sara Sellami

Kebab Connection is a comedy by Anno Saul, a German film director, and was released in 2005. The film tells the story of Ibo, a young Turkish-German who dreams about making the first German Kung-Fu movie. While waiting for a … Continue reading

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Film Rezension: “Gegen die Wand”

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. Julia Schroeder reviewed Fatih Akin’s 2004 … Continue reading

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“Gegen die Wand” Rezension von Julia Schroeder

Der Film “Gegen die Wand” von Fatih Akin ist eine dramatische und brutale Tragikomödie und gleichzeitig eine zärtliche Liebesgeschichte über zwei verzweifelte, leidenschaftliche Menschen, die sich nach ihrem Selbstmordversuch, (er fährt gegen die Wand und sie schneidet sich die Pulsadern … Continue reading

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“Gegen die Wand” Film Review by Inga Keller

Within an initially hyperbolic narrative, farfetched in its extreme situations, Gegen die Wand (Head-On) manages to insert many small insights into the Turkish community living in Germany, characterizing the difficulty immigrants have in defining themselves when they no longer feel … 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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Rapper Bushidos Memoiren Veröffentlicht

Der Rapper Bushidos neue Memoiren sind jetzt im Buchladen erschienen. Hier eine Rezension in der Zeit.

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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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German Youths become Islamic Extremist Expats

According to Germany’s Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA), a colony of German Muslim extremist youths has taken hold of the Afghan-Pakistani border. These young people are recruited in Germany and then sever all ties with their homeland and head … Continue reading

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Islam for the Diaspora revisited

In this Der Spiegel article religious scholar Rauf Ceylan discusses the role of the imam in Germany. He advocates for a “homegrown” imam who can modernize the religion and its practice in a new nation. As imams are currently imported … Continue reading

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Young Germany

This website, much of it in English, some in German, is pretty interesting.  It publishes articles on pretty much anything young people are interested in, from fashion to climate change, sports to education.  Under the “Life in Germany” tab there … Continue reading

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Fashion labels worn by Europe’s skinheads restore their reputation

Labels such as Fred Perry, Ben Sherman,Doc Marten and Lonsdale have long been recognized as the favored uniform of skinheads and neo-Nazis alike but recently this trend is fading. Because the German government has been enforcing stricter laws on symbolism … Continue reading

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Multiculturalism through the eyes of Anke

This sketch provides a bit of a comic relief in the midst of racist tensions of the topics brought up in the readings in “Germany in Transit”. Anke Engelke – a german comedian, plays a teacher, who is giving a … Continue reading

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Right-Wing Extremism: Far-right party allowed to distribute CDs to students

I included this article because upon first reading I found it surprising that such far-right ideology was still being exposed in Germany. Given its history over the last 80 or so years i would have thought such extremist rhetoric would … Continue reading

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Music Video “(Ich bin ein) Ausländer” by Alpa Gun

This music video “(Ich bin ein) Auslaender” by Alpa Gun, a German rapper with Turkish origin (www.wikipedia.org), depicts the integrations problem of immigrants, particularly the children and grandchildren of the Post-World War II generation. These people were often born in … Continue reading

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