Chinese in Berlin

Author Stefanie Schweiger, Angela Köckritz
Published September 2020
Location Berlin

Stefanie Schweiger and Angela Köckritz trace the history of Chinese living in Berlin. From the first Chinese arriving in 1822 to be displayed as an exotic curiosity. The students who came to pursue their studies of military, technology and political science. The Communist leaders using the political openness of the Weimar Republic to plot the revolution back home. Up to the very diverse Chinese community residing in Berlin at present. Chinese artists, shop keepers, film makers, entrepreneurs and tour advisors tell us how they feel about the city.

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About the filmmakers

  • Stefanie Schweiger, born 1979, is based in Berlin. She studied photography at Lette Verein Berlin and graduated in 2002. She has been working and publishing continuously in Europe and Asia for international media and continues to pursue her own art and book projects in Europe and China.
  • Angela Köckritz, born in Munich in 1977. She studied Political Science, Sinology and History of Art in Berlin, Munich and Tainan, Taiwan. She completed a two year traineeship at Süddeutsche Zeitung (Volontariat), then started as a global political reporter for Die Zeit in 2007. She worked as the Asia correspondent for Die Zeit from 2011 and 2014 based in Beijing. And as an Africa correspondent based in Dakar, Senegal from 2017 to 2020.


  • Supported by Goethe-Institut China and CITYMAKERS China-Europe
© Stefanie Schweiger
© Angela Köckritz