Glasfäden is an interactive comic about Vietnamese contract workers in the GDR.
It is the story of two women from Chemnitz, Eastern Germany. The mother came to the GDR from Hanoi via the socialist brotherly aid program and stayed after the peaceful revolution in a country that was undergoing radical change. Her daughter was born into a family that was denied integration into society on many levels.
Glasfäden builds on interviews with former contract workers and their descendants from Chemnitz and the surrounding area, which have been woven into a narrative.
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The project was realized via the project neue unentd_ckte narrative 2025 of the club ASA-FF (Chemnitz, Germany). It is part of the piece “So glücklich, dass du Angst bekommst“ of the puppet-theater Chemnitz.
Partners and collaborators are: Die Theater Chemnitz, DOMiD, Causa Creations, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig, Lehrstuhl Humangeografie und Interkulturelle Pädagogik of the TU Chemnitz.
This app was funded by a project of ASA-FF e.V. and the Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung, Programm Jugend erinnert and the funding of the fond Soziokultur of the comission of the Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM) NEUSTART KULTUR.
Technical lead, code: Lisley Viraphong
Code: Christian Knapp
Graphics: Brian Main
Production and gamedesign: Ben „skodone“ Wahl
Audio: Ben „skodone“ Wahl
Narrative design: Georg Hobmeier
Editing: Dr. Frauke Wetzel, Ngọc Bích Trần
Project Lead nun and ASA-FF: Dr. Frauke Wetzel
Editorial/Interviews: Vũ Vân Phạm
Photographers Chemnitz, Germany: Fabian Thüroff, Isabell Scheithauer
Vietnamese translation: Ngân Neumann
Author: Ngọc Bích Trần
Editorial: Dr. Frauke Wetzel, Vũ Vân Phạm, Ngọc Bích Trần
A big Thank You to all our testers, interviewees, parents and partners and for all the wonderful text and images!