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.