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.

Upcoming events 

Vanessa Vu in conversation with Gianni Jovanovic
on 24. January 2023

Vanessa Vu in conversation with Paschew Kader
am 26 February 2023

Vanessa Vu in conversation with Quang Paasch
on 14 March 2023

Past events 

Vanessa Vu in conversation with Katarina Dmitrieva 
on 18 September 2022

Vanessa Vu in conversation with Ngc Din Nguyn
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

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