Philipp Rosler, Vice-Chancellor of Germany

Philipp Rossler

Thanks to Ben Efsaneyim, who wrote this story: One of Europe’s Most Powerful Men is Vietnamese. Philipp Rösler, according to Ben’s article and Wikipedia, is the Vice-Chancellor of Germany, and is originally from Vietnam. The Wikipedia entry says that he was adopted by German parents at nine months, joined the German army as a medic, and completed a medical degree. He’s every Asian parent’s dream! And now he’s in politics, where he’s moved up and up. Vice-Chancellor of Germany, the most economically powerful country in all of Europe. Wow. And not only is he a doctor, but he married a doctor too:

I don’t speak German, but this sounds pretty eloquent to me:

Anyway, I had two reactions to this:

1. My first reaction was to question: How is it possible for an Asian dude to get so high in the government of (what used to be) a highly racist regime? Hitler was less than 70 years ago. I think the answer is that parliamentary government is more likely to allow women and minorities to get ahead faster than a presidential system.

2. My second reaction was: It’s awesome that he was able to do this! I have no idea what German politics or culture is like, but this has to have a great effect on minority representation.

16 thoughts on “Philipp Rosler, Vice-Chancellor of Germany

  1. My knowledge of the Vietnamese German community is limited to Wikipedia, but it seems like that they are the largest Asian population in Germany, and have somewhat of a model minority status. And as far as racism goes, the Allied occupation did a good job of stamping out lingering Nazi sentiment- now, while that might not translate to removal of xenophobia or nativism or just plain suspicion of non-European minorities, I’m guessing that at the very worst maybe Germans are more worried about the visible presence of Turkish and other Muslim immigrants.

  2. He has a hot-looking gal, a Whiiiiiiiiite gal; wow, I guess he has achieved the pinnacle of success! (Just sayin’ what some are thinkin’).

  3. I think that he’s very cool not because of who he’s hooking up with, but because he has achieved a position of such leadership and respect within German society.

  4. I also notice that parliamentary systems seem to be more effective in letting women and minorities into the system. Though I’m sure it helps to have a German name in Germany as opposed to running for office as Philipp Nguyen.

  5. “And as far as racism goes, the Allied occupation did a good job of stamping out lingering Nazi sentiment- now, while that might not translate to removal of xenophobia or nativism or just plain suspicion of non-European minorities, I’m guessing that at the very worst maybe Germans are more worried about the visible presence of Turkish and other Muslim immigrants”.

    Look no further with our own backyards, Americans are still very prejudiced of Asians, and continue to see China as a threat, even though it’s an isolationist country and we clearly have the upper hand on many fronts.

  6. Well, kudos to VC Rösler for being able to accomplish that. But don’t get too excited. My sister reports that Orientalism is alive and well in Europe, from her many travels, including Germany, where she was an exchange student and probably has spent the most time in. In fact, she has reported men were even more aggressive about it. Due to probably a smaller presence of Asians in Germany, stereotypes become more prominent (they have fewer living, breathing examples), and the AF stereotype of being sweet, submissive sex dolls is no exception. Interestingly enough, she has found that wearing a headscarf usually shuts them up pretty quickly—effective, although probably for the wrong reason: appearing to be Muslim puts her into a category of “other” that people are afraid of. So they leave her alone.

    Of course, this kind of inconsistency (tolerance of minority leaders despite racism still continuing to exist) hits home very well—plenty of racism persists despite that we’ve elected President Obama.

  7. Majo,

    No, I wouldn’t have been mad. But as King said, it’s so common that I don’t see why I or anyone else for that matter would see it as groundbreaking in any way.

  8. Phillip rossler is great. If he were with a man instead i dont think that would diminish his life’s work.

  9. @Fun9876

    Go screw yourself. White girls are not for chinks.

    @author
    Minority representation? Why you’re glad that white people are becoming a minority. You want to “snag” one before they’re all gone you piece of shit?

  10. @Sun,

    I think Fun9876 have already screwed one (white girl) if you care.

    @2nd comment,

    Are you reading what I’m reading? Here’s the suggestion, take your pants off, read the WORDS with your best ability, not college degree.

    http://postimg.org/image/jffa1tdnb/

    No thanks!

  11. @bint

    The irony is that if my memory serves me correctly. Fun was a white ricechaser who has a thing for asian hookers.

  12. Just an odd thing that I’ve noticed: Hapa celebrities from Europe seem to tend to come from AM/WF marriages.

    Berenice Marlohe
    Alexa Chung
    Elodie Yung
    Marcel Nguyen

    This is almost the exact opposite from America. Except for Hapa hockey players, who all seem to have Japanese fathers and White mothers (just a weird trend I noticed!).

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