The Germans

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I am very Germanized by now

My name is Ofelia, I come from Mexico and I am half German as well. I’ve been living in Germany for four years now. Currently I am doing a Traineeship at the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in Bonn. Do you feel yourself more Mexican or German? I feel more Mexican...
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Imagine it yourself

My name is Jürgen, I come from Freiburg. How is life? I am a homeless person…so you can imagine it yourself. Do you have enough food? Yes…not always, but usually yes… Is there a chance I can take a picture of you? Of course!
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The other identity

My name is Bijan, I’m 30 years old. My father came to Germany from Iran to study and met my mum here. I just visited Iran for the first time with my dad. What did you expect from your trip? I had heard a lot great things about Iran, so...
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Life is beautiful

Life is beautiful in Cologne, you know. There are difficult times sometimes, but you always have to make the best of what comes and go ahead. I see you like  jewellery a lot? (Laughs – ed.) I used to work in a jewellery shop. It’s me. I am what I am. (Laughs –...
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A cultural jumble

My name is Saengrawee Grabow (for short Sam). I’m 31 years old, work as a flight-attendant and live in Heidelberg. My mum is from Thailand and my dad is German. I was born in Germany and the only passport I ever had was the German one. I lived in the...
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Searching for a babysitter

Why is everybody so excited about the World Cup? All the masquerade, watching games on the streets and in the pubs… Because it’s very much fun to celebrate together! It’s much more fun to watch the games together than to sit at home alone. Will you be costumed and cheering...
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Allowed to be patriotic

Why is the World Cup so popular in Germany? Everybody seems to be in football fever. Because it’s one of the few moments where it’s OK to be patriotic in Germany…. We all know the history – Germans have difficult relations to being patriotic.
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Well prepared

You are very well prepared for the game. Not really. I’m running late. I heard the 1:0 in the car. I couldn’t leave work earlier. And now every pub is full: it’s difficult to find a place to watch the game.
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Knitted a dress

It’s quite difficult for women to find something beautiful to wear during the World Cup. Therefore, I decided to knit a dress. Linda Dannenberg from the DIY platform MEISTERCLASS
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Spoonfuls of Germany

I am a German native who moved to the United States 16 years ago. Not only do I have both passports today, I also live and work in two cultures and languages, American and German. I received my Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Bonn but...
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It comes from Italy

Flea markets are insanely popular in Germany. For different reasons, of course! For example, look at that: it is a collector’s item. There’s only one of these and it comes from Italy. These days you don’t find so much good quality handicraft products or it is simply too expensive. Here...
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So much fun

Why are Germans so fond of  the flea markets? The lady on the left: “I think because it is simply so much fun to quarry for something.” The lady on the right: “People spend good time with their friends and additionally you can sell things that you know exactly where...
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A beautiful collision

I don’t think there’s another city in Germany that is as multikulti as Cologne. Here different cultures and religions are colliding – normally it works out just fine. However, we have to figure out some solution that fits everyone in situations where there’s a high potential of conflicts. What do...
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Reality of life

I find it nice that people from different countries come to Cologne and gladly even come back to Cologne. What do you think of multiculturalism? It’s the reality of our everyday life. I personally find it good and I’m glad there’s cultural exchange. However, I think that there are problems...
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Greeted with open arms

I have lived abroad and know how it feels like to be a foreigner. When you don’t understand the language one hundred per cent, then you feel a bit lost. It is amazing, despite that you will be greeted with open arms. However, it is clear that no matter where you...
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Bored without international flare

My name is Inge and I am German from Cologne. Actually, Cologne and Nairobi are the places where I feel home. I used to be a foreign correspondent and lived in various countries like Scandinavia, Japan and Kenya. I was a promoter of my country abroad, I was very German,...
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Becoming more open

I’m glad that the German society is changing and becoming more multicultural. I like that. It changes things, it makes people more open-minded. What do you think of the debate that German multiculturalism has failed? I don’t think it has failed. It just needs time, because German society has been...
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You will never fit in

I am a German National, who was born in South Africa. I moved to Germany in 2002 and was granted citizenship in 2009.  Between 2010 and early 2013 I worked and lived in the UK. I moved back to Germany in February 2013. An advise for a new comer is to...
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We are all human beings

I was born in Hamburg, but have lived all over Germany during the course of my life. Although I now live in North Rhine-Westphalia, Northern Germany is home to me and always will be. I am a writer and reader. I get booked by people who want to take some time...
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Interest to integrate

My name is Swantje and I am from Cologne. When I was a child I wanted to become a stewardess just because I was eager to travel everywhere and see the world.  I think Germany is becoming more and more multicultural and if you show your interest to integrate, it...
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A sensitive and fervent topic

Has multiculturalism failed in Germany? I don’t think that it has just yet, but it is really about time to inform and educate the people about multiculturalism. I do believe that only information helps. You are coming from Eastern Germany. Why is the situation for foreigners there much worse? Since there...
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First door you have to open by yourself

I am Jutta from Rhein area. I used to be a Lufthansa stewardess for 20 years. I now run my own relocation company in Cologne since 1997 and enjoy working with people coming from all parts of the world. Do you think it is easy to integrate into German society?...
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