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In her study Asian Fusion, Caroline Rupprecht focuses on how during the post-Shoah context in the seventies an intensive engagement of East Asian culture and history already took place in West-German avant-garde literature (W.G. Sebald and Peter Weiss) and art (Josef Beuys). Based on post-colonial studies she connects their works in a dialogic structure of ‘call and response’ to contemporary Berlin authors of Asian origin: Yoko Tawada, Pham Thi Hoài, and Anna Kim. This innovative encounter of past and present voices contributes essentially to Asian-German cultural studies; and through the metaphor of “fusion,” Rupprecht reminds us of the fact that today, the Asian community is part of German society.

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This page is a summary of: Rupprecht, Caroline. Asian Fusion: New Encounters in the Asian‐German Avant‐Garde, The German Quarterly, October 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/gequ.12235.
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