Introducing a Viewpoint From Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Today we are launching a partnership with the German-American Journal to bring the popular “View From Germany” series to this blog.  In June 2009, Hamburg resident Corinna Bienger started writing pieces on her “German“ view of politics (both German and American), social events, and hot items in the media.

We are hoping to build upon this series here on German Pulse and may feature exclusive articles in the future from Corinna and possibly other German residents.  Please feel free to share your feedback on this new addition.

Below is an excerpt from Corinna Bienger’s first article in the June 2009 issue of the German-American Journal

Fostering friendship between the United States and Germany

Let me introduce myself: I am 46 years old, and I live in Hamburg, Germany (partner city of Chicago, IL), together with my 15 year old daughter. I work as an office manager, and I love to cook (and eat!).

When I was 14 years old, I joined a Verein called Ring für Heimattanz e.V. Hamburg, where I learned how to dance German “Volkstänze“ (Folkdances), and how to sew my own “Tracht“ (traditional costumes). In the meantime, I have also taken to play the contra bass in the Volkstanzmusik Neugraben. So you can see that Volkstanz and Volkstanzmusik must have been – and really are – an important part of my life.

Although I have not always lived in Hamburg, I always came back. I spent 5 wonderful years in Florida, some of that time – including the most important year of my life – working at Walt Disney World as a World Showcase Fellowship Student. I also spent 13 months in Port Hueneme, California. I lived in Spain for a year, and within Germany I spent 3 years in Stuttgart and 7 years in Munich. Four years ago I moved back to Hamburg, bought a house, was quickly adopted by two cats, and promised my daughter we would not move again until she is done with school, which is in 2012. I am honestly trying my best to keep that promise!

From my times abroad, I still have a lot of friends that live all over the globe. I bask in their friendship and I am always willing to do anything to keep that friendship alive, even if it means extended traveling from time to time. In addition, we always try to spend some time in Florida every other year.

I always enjoy learning more about the old traditions in Germany. I do a lot of research concerning the historical origin of the “Trachten” and most recently I love to compare the German-American customs to the traditions that are still alive in Germany.

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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