Korean Studies

Asian German Studies

Empowering Asian German Studies

The history of cultural transfer and migration between different Asian regions and Germany is far-reaching and diverse. Nevertheless, the importance of Asian presences for the German-speaking world is still underestimated and hardly acknowledged, neither publicly nor academically. Against this background, this initiative aims to strengthen the field of Asian German Studies in research and teaching, to cooperate with Asian-German communities, civil society organizations and German cultural institutions, and to participate in national and international academic networks.

The observation that Germany is not only becoming more post-migrant, but also increasingly "Asian", gives rise to a number of new topics and questions. Fundamental to this is that diasporic identity(ies) and belonging(s) are complex in nature, are formed in a globalized world with multiple, transnationally overlapping networks, and are flexible. Like other people with hybrid backgrounds, Asian Germans, as well as Asian diasporic and Asian (trans)migrants in Germany, move and live across-border, have dynamic and multidimensional web of relationships between different cultures, communities and societies. In this process, intersectional relations of inequality and power based on "race," class, gender, and sexuality play a fundamental role at both the global and individual subject levels

Research interests

Modern coloniality and anti-Asian Racism.
Hybrid cultures and complex identities
Migration history as global history 
Asian-German popular culture in art, literature, music and film
Transnational Asian Diasporic Studies