Where are you really from?
Vanessa Vu and guests
Most people answer questions about their back- ground geographically – but is it really the place that shapes us? When someone asks »Where do you come from?«, very few mention the small apartment, unemployed parents or clothes and vocabulary that immediately reveal to everyone what kind of back- ground they are from. Why do we find it so difficult to address financial circumstances and to re-evaluate and perhaps readjust our relationships with each other from this point of view? Is it the longing of a liberal, performance-driven post-war generation to consider a life from one’s birth alone, without any of the family baggage that can provide an advantageous start or, conversely, act as a lifelong hindrance? In this monthly series of talks, the journalist Vanessa Vu tackles these questions and takes a closer look at the various social milieus of this country via life stories – exploring their undiscussed niches, comparing and contrasting them – and tries to perhaps come to understand herself a little better as a result.
Journalist Vanessa Vu invites you to exchange ideas in her childhood bedroom with its bunk bed, mattress, old cathode ray tube TV and lots of plastic – after spending a long time in an asylum seekers’ hostel, this signalled the beginning of a social advancement.
Vanessa Vu in conversation with Mariam Daher
on 14 June 2023
Classroom on Tour
Event on the occasion of the Lessing Prize for critical work in Braunschweig, which was awarded to Vanessa Vu last year.
on 22 June 2023
Vanessa Vu in conversation with Katarina Dmitrieva
on 18 September 2022
Vanessa Vu in conversation with Ngọc Diễn Nguyễn
on 30 October 2022
Vanessa Vu in conversation with Sousan und Malcolm Ohanwe
on 6. November 2022
Vanessa Vu in conversation with David de Jong
on 11 December
Vanessa Vu in conversation with Gianni Jovanovic
on 24. January 2023
Vanessa Vu in conversation with Paschew Kader
on 26 February 2023
Vanessa Vu in conversation with Betiel Berhe
on 11 April 2023
Vanessa Vu in conversation with Quang Paasch
on 9 May 2023
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