Being “Other” in Berlin

German Koreans, Multiraciality, and Diaspora


  • Helen Kim University of Leeds, UK



multiraciality, mixedness, diaspora, ethnicity, German identity


Germany is considered a relatively recent country where multiraciality has become a recognised phenomenon. Yet, Germany still considers itself a monoracial state, one where whiteness is conflated with “Germanness”. Based on interviews with seven people who are multiracial (mostly Korean–German) in Berlin, this article explores how the participants construct their multiracial identities. My findings show that participants strategically locate their identity as diasporic to circumvent racial “othering”. They utilise diasporic resources or the “raw materials” of diasporic consciousness in order to construct their multiracial identities and challenge racism and the expectations of racial and ethnic authenticity. I explored how multiracial experiences offer a different way of thinking about the actual doing and performing of diaspora.


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How to Cite

“Being ‘Other’ in Berlin: German Koreans, Multiraciality, and Diaspora”. 2021. Journal of Citizenship and Globalisation Studies 2 (1): 63-74.