Project Description Lange Tafel Berlin-Los Angeles

Berlin and Los Angeles are both multicultural cities deeply shaped by immigration. Both cities engage in intensive social, educational, and cultural activities aimed at fostering integration. Drawing on this dual tradition, the well-established Lange Tafel (Long Table) Project from Berlin was brought to Los Angeles for Long Table LA for the first time on March 12, 2016.

Outcomes of this Event

A grassroots people-to-people cultural exchange with students, school children, their parents, and invited guests over a meal at the Long Table festival-style event.

  • In Oral History Workshops, students from Cal State Fullerton and the Goethe International Charter School learned how to write essays and stories about immigration based on inter-generational oral histories. They also developed their social and communication skills.
  • The Know How of the Lange Tafel was adapted for Los Angeles and revised.
  • In a certificate ceremony, the students were recognized for their engagement with the project.
  • We compiled a chronicle from the immigration stories out of LA, which we will bring back to Berlin.
  • We symbolically gave this chronicle to a community leader as our Honorary Patron during the event.
  • Friendship and exchange between the cities of Los Angeles and Berlin.
  • The project generated empathy for the diverse and trans-cultural communities in Berlin and LA and for the immigration experiences of people around the world.
  • A Film documented our process.
  • A visiting delegation from Berlin and the LA team completed an evaluation of the first Lange Tafel in LA in order to shape the direction of the next Lange Tafel