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Colorful cultural identities

My name is Christina Jankowski and I have a German and a Swiss passport. My background is a bit more colourful though, as my grandparents come from four different countries: France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Moreover, my boyfriend is Argentinian and we speak mostly Spanish together. Do you feel German?...
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I have the life I always wanted

My name is Masood and I come from the northern part of Afghanistan – a safe part. I came to Germany for the first time in 2010 to do an internship at Deutsche Welle in Bonn and I did not come prepared at all, I remember those six months my...
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I don’t believe in national identities

My name is Shamil Shams and I work at Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle’s Urdu and Asia-English services in Bonn. I have done MSc at London School of Economics (LSE) in Media and Communications in 2010, and an MA in English Literature at Karachi University in 2000. Originally from Karachi,...
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Optimistic about the future

There is a common stereotype about Afghanistan in Europe, which disturbs me. When I say to Germans that I come from Afghanistan, often the reaction is: Ach so! (Oh so! – ed.) Or Wirklich? (Really? – ed.) Then I need to explain the situation. Actually there are people here in...
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A world citizen

I consider myself a world citizen. I am Indian because I carry an Indian passport and because my geographical region is called India, but I have multiple identities. If there was a possibility of a global passport, I’d be the first to apply. Do you feel integrated into the German...