Berlin-based writers’ collective “Daughters and Sons of Gastarbeiters” takes aim at stereotypes of migrants in Germany

 

Part 2: How it all began

 

Ok-Hee Jeong, Zoran Terzić and Çiçek Bacik were all brought to Germany as children by economic migrant parents between 1974 and 1980. Originally hailing from South Korea, the former Yugoslavia and Turkey respectively, they are members of “Daughters and Sons of Gastarbeiters,” a writers’ collective based in Berlin.

Tired of seeing the same stereotypes perpetuated about migrant residents, Bacik founded the collective in 2015. She hopes that the group will empower her fellow migrants to tell their own stories and offer the public a new narrative, perhaps even one of celebration.

Bacik now works with young refugees through Deutsche Kinder-und Jugendstiftung, which cements her belief in the importance of teachers and mentors for young people starting over in a new culture.

Photo credit: Daughters and Sons of Gastarbeiters