Fact Sheet

First name: Anh-Hoang
Country of origin: Vietnam
Year of birth: 1998
Field of study: European Studies
German university: University of Passau
University location: Passau
Type of stay: Bachelor
I have been writing for the blog since: October 2020
My hobbies and interests: Journaling, Photography, Netflix, Reading and Cleaning.

About Anh-Hoang

When I was a child, my favourite bed time story was “The ugly duckling” by Andersen. It stuck to me as a fairy tale about the concept of self with a happy-endling, in which the duckling finds his true family where he is warmly welcomed. Moreover, I was touched by this story because of another reason: I could recognise myself in the duckling’s life. Born and raised in Vietnam, I have always had a feeling that this is not the suitable environment for me. I got into literature-majored class of a National High school for the Gifted and even though I achieved a national prize for the subject of Vietnamese Literature in a competition for gifted students, I could tell this path was not for me. For this reason, I then applied for Hanoi University, where I have the chance to learn German. Like the ugly duckling finding his family, I could finally find the path I am supposed to take. Languages were the key for me to open up a whole new world. I had a year as an Au Pair in Passau, Germany to discover life and culture of both Germany and other countries in Europe.

However, I realized that there is a big difference between the duckling and a human being when it comes to belongingness. While the duckling had no other way but to find the community that shared the same appearance as him, a human being can always have a connection to others through empathy. Being able to study European Studies in University of Passau this year as a freshman, I no longer find myself lost or not belonging. This is a precious opportunity for me to tell the story of the duckling not just as a happy-ending tale, but as an empathetically-ending tale, as everyone in this world is born a unique swan.

More posts by Anh Hoang

A scene at the desk in the evening. The light is on.
All of these “was just”, because time in the end was just a few numbers show up on my phone screen after a single tap.© DAAD/ Anh-Hoang
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Blog post written by Anh Hoang
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A shot from a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. You can see a lighted shop, pedestrians in front of it.
It’s easy to highlight differences, but let us consider the similarity between the people, culturally and humanly. It’s evident to discriminate, but let us find out the resemblance between two nations, respectfully and diplomatically.© DAAD/ Anh-Hoang
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Blog post written by Anh Hoang
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A Calendar, notes, clock and laptop on a desk
“How are you? May you blessed with happiness” written in Urdu by a dorm-mate of mine, who is also DAAD scholarship holder for her master at university of Passau.© DAAD/ Anh-Hoang
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Blog post written by Anh Hoang
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