Category Archives: Blog

Interview with “Have you read..?”, a podcast for the bookish

A podcast for all things bookish, especially feminist literatures and literatures of color, Have you read…? is produced by Berlin’s Charlott Schonwetter. We recently sat down to talk about what I do in libraries and anti-racism work as well as other things on my mind. Thank you to Charlott for having me. Have a listen […]

Jetzt online: mein Vortrag über Mitarbeiter*innen mit Migrationshintergrund in öffentlichen Bibliotheken

Warum Bibliotheksmitarbeiter*innnen mit Migrationshintergrund unabdingbar sind: die Folien von meiner Vortrag auf dem Bibliothekskongress 2019 über meine Studie im VÖBB (Verbund Öffentlicher Bibliotheken Berlin) sind nun online. PDF Download: Why immigrant & POC library workers are crucial for libraries: slides from my talk at Germany’s annual library conference, about my study in Berlin’s public […]

Interkultur — auf dem Bibliothekskongress 2019

Migration prägt zunehmend unsere Gesellschaft und somit die öffentliche Bibliotheken. Gut, dass auf dem Bibliothekskongress nächste Woche wird die interkulturelle Öffnung thematisiert wird. Sowohl von mir und meinen Kolleginnen aus anderen Bibliotheken im Programm 360° der Kulturstiftung des Bundes als auch von der dbv Kommission Interkulturelle Bibliotheksarbeit. Sie sind von uns herzlich eingeladen, an folgende […]

Translating Ankestrick's island-inspired knit-erature

Inspired by the North Sea island of Juist, a windswept place where Berlin-based pattern designer Anke Wulffen has been spending summer weeks away from the mainland world of cars and bustle since her childhood, Ahoi: Seaside Sweaters is a new e-book that I describe as knit-erature. Anke blends travel writing, memoir, photography and five new […]

Potluck vs. melting pot: a workshop inspired by Hawaii Pidgin English

If you’ve ever tried to learn a foreign languages, or observed how languages are mixing in Berlin’s neighborhoods (“Jalla! Ich bin Görli!”) you are warmly invited to a language workshop inspired by my recent experiences with Hawaii Pidgin English: as part of TONGUE – Participative Art Project on Everyday Language at the Akademie der ZUsammenKUNFT Friday, […]

local time: “Say something in German.”

“Local time” is a new series within the blog about my current transition from Berlin to Honolulu. Still fresh from the plane and caught between time zones, cultures and stages of my life, I find myself reflecting on the past eight years of becoming a local in Berlin and, looking ahead, wondering how I’ll relate to American culture and local ways in […]

East German potato salad

Potato salad is the perfect summer food: it’s cool, it’s fresh, it goes well with sausages and watching soccer. But what goes into the potato salad? That is the question. For me, part of integrating into German culture these past eight years has meant gradually shifting my taste in potato salad from American (favoring ingredients like peas, […]

June letters, news and moves

This first week of June, things are feeling summery and full of changes at my studio. For one, I’ve temporarily moved to a studio collective in Mitte for the month, after the Multiverso studio collective closed its doors in May. This Monday, I celebrated my first day (Einstand) in the traditional German manner by bringing my colleagues something sweet — strawberries from one […]