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ilb 2019 (Video gallery)

2019 saw the first cooperation between the Cluster, which began its work at the beginning of the year, and the international literature festival berlin. Titled Third Culture Kids, the events dealt with intercultural mobility and hosted discussions with authors on the topics of privilege and the burdens of socialization in many cultures. Moderated by Toby Ashraf, the authors Chibundu Onuzo, Kaveh Akbar and Michel Faber read from their works and critically discussed the implications of the concept of ‘third culture’ with young scholars from the Cluster. They countered the emphasis on social and cultural mobility with a more nuanced image of interculturality, which differentiated the ‘in-between’ cultures and focused on the structural and political hierarchization of migration movements.

In the children's and youth literature program, the Vietnamese-born U.S. writer Thanhhà Lai presented her coming-of-age novel in verse "Inside Out and Back Again" – a text that tells the painful story of a traumatic escape from the Vietnam war and a difficult, constantly incomplete new beginning in the U.S. from the perspective of a 10-year-old girl.