My name is Zia, I am a student in Bremen, and I originally come from Indonesia. I learned German at school and had a couple of German friends when I was an exchange student in the US. I have always wanted to come to Germany, so when I finished high school, I decided to move to Germany!

How difficult is it for an Indonesian woman to get used to the German way of life?

Because I have lived in the US before, although the culture was different from Germany, it was quite similar compared to home, so it was not really a big culture shock for me. It took time to grasp the idea of recycling, since there are different types of garbage bins. Back home, we only sort out trash into organic and non-organic waste at most, but it is more complicated in Germany!

What do you miss the most about home?

Food! I find it hard to find ethnic foods here. There are a lot of Turkish foods, but it is hard to find foods from the Far East.

What does multiculturalism mean to you?

A community that comprises people from different cultures, who live peacefully alongside each other. There should not be one culture that dominates the others, instead, everyone respects other cultures, while at the same time retain their original culture.


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