Book Review: “Ohne Fleiss kein Reis: Wie ich ein guter Deutscher wurde”

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. Tanja Mehlo reviewed Martin Hyun’s 2012 Ohne Fleiss kein Reis: Wie ich ein guter Deutscher wurde:

Ohne Fleiß kein Reis was written in 2012 by Martin Hyun. In this collection of stories taken from his everyday life, Hyun describes his experiences as a person born in Germany to Korean parents. While recounting his attempts to navigate life in Germany, he sends a strong message about the difficulties faced by foreigners who attempt to be fully integrated into German society. This review will focus on how he constructs this message, and how his style of writing supports the argument he is making… [Read full review here.]


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