Authors

Sean W. Hough '16, Gettysburg College

Location

Breidenbaugh 209

Session

German Studies Capstones I

Start Time

4-30-2016 9:00 AM

End Time

4-30-2016 10:15 AM

Supervising Faculty Member

Kerry Wallach

Department

German Studies

Description

This paper will analyze the historical and cultural conditions that affected how the German Democratic Republic treated one of its largest minority groups, the Vietnamese. During the height of the Cold War and as Decolonization reached its peak phase in the 1960s and 70s, these two factors pushed the GDR and Vietnam closer, which resulted in an exchange in workers. Contract Workers were brought to the GDR to work in an environment "united in socialist solidarity." However, despite this rhetoric, age-old racism, xenophobia, and Orientalism still infiltrated the so called "Socialist Paradise," as the GDR was often called by its own press.

Comments

German Studies Senior Capstone

 
Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 10:15 AM

Vietnamese Contract Workers in the East German Republic

Breidenbaugh 209

This paper will analyze the historical and cultural conditions that affected how the German Democratic Republic treated one of its largest minority groups, the Vietnamese. During the height of the Cold War and as Decolonization reached its peak phase in the 1960s and 70s, these two factors pushed the GDR and Vietnam closer, which resulted in an exchange in workers. Contract Workers were brought to the GDR to work in an environment "united in socialist solidarity." However, despite this rhetoric, age-old racism, xenophobia, and Orientalism still infiltrated the so called "Socialist Paradise," as the GDR was often called by its own press.