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Michael Kahn-Ackermann – Founding Director of the first Goethe-Institut in Beijing

Michael Kahn-Ackermann has actually been retired for almost ten years, but the soon-to-be 75-year-old is far from “retired.” Just a few months ago, he was hit by a wave of Chinese indignation after he translated the “Wuhan Diary” by writer Fang Fang into German. The book about the experience of the Covid crisis became a bestseller in Germany. Kahn-Ackermann finds it “completely ridiculous” that he is approached as a translator for the content of the text. But he knows, “The dynamics behind such cases are highly complex.”

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