Katrin Figge

Katrin Figge

Katrin Figge is a freelance journalist and writer based in Berlin, specialising in culture, lifestyle and social issues. Previously, she lived in Jakarta for more than a decade, where she was among others the features editor of the Jakarta Globe and managing editor of NOW! Jakarta magazine.

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Asian women writers gain a wider audience thanks to translations of their work crowdfunded by a British publisher

Female authors in Asia are the beneficiaries of a project by a non-profit British publisher to bring their stories and poetry to an English-speaking audience and show that feminism has different forms and voices.

Female authors in Asia are the beneficiaries of a project by a non-profit British publisher to bring their stories and poetry to an English-speaking audience and show that feminism has different forms and voices.

Asian women writers gain a wider audience thanks to translations of their work crowdfunded by a British publisher
11 Oct 2020 - 2:15PM
‘No one stood up for us’: Asians in Europe wake up to truth of racism, and are no longer afraid to speak about it

A photographer in Berlin, tired of being racially stereotyped – and worse – created a photo series of Southeast Asians speaking out against harassment in 2018. In the face of attacks on Asians during the pandemic, she has revived it on Instagram.

A photographer in Berlin, tired of being racially stereotyped – and worse – created a photo series of Southeast Asians speaking out against harassment in 2018. In the face of attacks on Asians during the pandemic, she has revived it on Instagram.

‘No one stood up for us’: Asians in Europe wake up to truth of racism, and are no longer afraid to speak about it
6 Aug 2020 - 12:59PM
Lesbian Indonesian singer bats away messages of hate to pen songs about acceptance of LGBT minority and respect for all

LGBT Indonesian singer and gay-rights activist Kai Mata sings songs about tolerance and acceptance, all the while deflecting hate messages. ‘I want everyone to know they are valued, respected and loved,’ the Bali-based musician says.

LGBT Indonesian singer and gay-rights activist Kai Mata sings songs about tolerance and acceptance, all the while deflecting hate messages. ‘I want everyone to know they are valued, respected and loved,’ the Bali-based musician says.

Lesbian Indonesian singer bats away messages of hate to pen songs about acceptance of LGBT minority and respect for all
26 Apr 2020 - 5:16AM
Soccer-mad Indonesia embraces women’s game with launch of national league, but female fans still face a fight for acceptance

Women’s soccer is gaining popularity in the country, and a national women’s premier league, Liga 1 Putri, has been launched – but there is still a long way to go before it becomes as big as the men’s game.

Women’s soccer is gaining popularity in the country, and a national women’s premier league, Liga 1 Putri, has been launched – but there is still a long way to go before it becomes as big as the men’s game.

Soccer-mad Indonesia embraces women’s game with launch of national league, but female fans still face a fight for acceptance
11 Mar 2020 - 8:20AM
How Southeast Asians in Germany suffer abuse with the rise of racism and the far right

Germany has a reputation for liberalism, but there has been an increase in racist attacks on Muslims and Asians. Southeast Asian residents of Berlin talk about far-right parties, anti-immigrant sentiment and their thoughts on the future.

Germany has a reputation for liberalism, but there has been an increase in racist attacks on Muslims and Asians. Southeast Asian residents of Berlin talk about far-right parties, anti-immigrant sentiment and their thoughts on the future.

How Southeast Asians in Germany suffer abuse with the rise of racism and the far right
3 Jul 2019 - 8:09PM
Four Indonesian women writers talk about finding their voice and pushing boundaries

Dewi Lestari, Leila S. Chudori, Laksmi Pamuntjak and Intan Paramaditha have all benefited from a recent growth in interest in women writers; they tell us about their inspirations – ghost stories, spirituality, history.

Dewi Lestari, Leila S. Chudori, Laksmi Pamuntjak and Intan Paramaditha have all benefited from a recent growth in interest in women writers; they tell us about their inspirations – ghost stories, spirituality, history.

Four Indonesian women writers talk about finding their voice and pushing boundaries
9 May 2019 - 5:45PM
How a rundown corner of Berlin became a refuge for city’s Vietnamese, and how other Berliners found it

Hired by East Germany as contract workers, Vietnamese who chose to stay in Berlin when the Wall came down gravitated to an indoor market in the city; today fellow Berliners go there for manicures and to shop.

Hired by East Germany as contract workers, Vietnamese who chose to stay in Berlin when the Wall came down gravitated to an indoor market in the city; today fellow Berliners go there for manicures and to shop.

How a rundown corner of Berlin became a refuge for city’s Vietnamese, and how other Berliners found it
11 Feb 2019 - 7:20PM