Christian Haarburger - Content

christian haarburger

Christian is in his 5th year of Double Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Arts, majoring in German language and culture, and Chinese language.

What is your cultural/ethnic heritage and what do you love about it?

My mum's family are from Ireland and my Dads are from Germany. The story behind my Dad's background is pretty interesting though, because my Opa (German grandfather) was a anti-Nazi activist in the 1920s and 30s, who was later imprisoned in a concentration camp for his activism. He and my Oma's (German grandmother) escape from Germany after the Second World War continue to inspire me today.

What is your favourite Asia and the Pacific regions cuisine?

My favourite cuisine from the Asian and Pacific regions is Afghan food! I love how it reflects the culture and movements of people throughout history and it tastes delicious of course.

If you could live anywhere in Asia and the Pacific regions where would it be and why?

I would love to travel/live in New Caledonia. The natural environment in New Caledonia is extremely unique, and the mix of cultures and people is just as unique and diverse.

What issue in Asia and the Pacific regions are you most passionate about/intrigued by?

I think language extinction in Asia and Pacific regions is an issue that doesn't get enough attention. Asia and the Pacific regions are hugely linguistically diverse, and the disappearance of many dialects and languages doesn't get as much media attention as other crises.

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