Chapter Germany 徳国篇章 – Everyday experiences of Tübingen students from China

Cabinet exhibition January 22 – July 17, 2022

In the exhibition, 26 Tübingen students from China talked about arriving in a foreign country, studying at the University of Tübingen, cooking spaghetti in the dormitory kitchen, the expectations they brought with them, new friendships and dreams for the future. Tübingen was representative of all German universities: Students from China have long been the largest foreign student group at these universities. But how do the students from China experience their everyday life in Tübingen? What is their experience at the university? What problems do they encounter? What is new and important for them? How can togetherness be created on campus? And above all: What do they ultimately take back home with them from their stay in Germany – from their own “Chapter Germany”?

In order to be able to answer this question, they were accompanied in their everyday lives by twelve master’s students from the Ludwig Uhland Institute for Empirical Cultural Studies in Tübingen in a three-semester study project. During interviews, numerous joint cooking evenings and excursions, friendships and partners in joint research for the study project group were formed. The experiences of the Chinese students were the theme of the exhibition and they also had their say in the exhibition.

The “Chapter Germany” exhibition was created in close cooperation with the China Centrum Tübingen and the students and teachers of the International Master of Interior Architectural Design course at HFT Stuttgart. It was shown at the Linden-Museum Stuttgart as a cabinet exhibition in the East Asia department.

In cooperation with:
Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, China Center Tübingen, HFT Stuttgart

With the kind support of:
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Karl Schlecht Stiftung, Tübinger Vereinigung für Volkskunde e.V., Universitätsbund Tübingen e. V., Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Netzwerk transformierender Lehre in Baden-Württemberg, Verein Freunde Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart


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