Affective Efforts of Migration: South and North Vietnamese Lifeworlds in Separated and Reunified Berlin
In the focus of our anthropological-psychiatric project are aging first-generation migrants from former North and South Vietnam. The diverse reasons for migration as well as the particular ways of migration to the FRG and GDR, respectively, were quite distinct for both groups of migrants, that is ‘boat people’ and ‘contract workers,’ with each scenario entailing diverse emotional and affective challenges. Using interdisciplinary approaches and methodology, we examine the affective efforts of coping with emotional crises in daily life. Additionally, we want to explore the various contexts that are in fact managed with the help of psychiatric-psychotherapeutic professionals. Thereby, our project contributes to the CRC’s general interest in the shaping of transcultural emotion repertoires. Furthermore, our project is characterized by our conceptualization of migrants as actors who actively shape their life worlds by drawing from different resources such as psychiatric-psychotherapeutic help.
The project researchers meet regularly in the context of the Anthropological-Psychiatric Work Group on Emotion and Migration (APAME).