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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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Glasfäden is a project by:

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.

Funding partners:

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!