Right before Christmas 2012, me and CBSI Danish society class (yes, we are a group of immigrants taking class about Denmark and its society) went to the one and only immigrant museum in the city. It was a trip arranged by our lovely teacher, Mai, who also came to Denmark when she was a toddler, yet immersing and identifying herself as Danish and part of Danish society (she is a good role model to me).
The museum is located in Farum culture center, 8 zones away from Copenhagen. It became my first long-haul train trip in Denmark; thanks for the free ticket CBSI!
Although people call it museum, neither it is a museum which city government assigned nor funded by government. It is an (brilliant) initiative of a historian, Sarah, and her friends. It becomes obvious to me that the government doesn’t want to make their hands dirty to build such a museum which depicts a sensitive issue like immigration in Denmark. Sarah explained that it was quiet a struggle to pin-point from which view the museum should tell stories about immigration, so that it would be more or less politically neutral.
Should it show-off the ugly facts about it? Or should it stay innocent by showing only the nice bed-time stories?
The answer is yes, the museum gets their hands down to the truth, yet narrating it in a beautiful way from series of artifacts, from pictures to day-to-day tools immigrants brought and used in Denmark.
Immigrant museum in Farum is a time travel, a mirror to reflect me and my study group that things we see in Denmark nowadays comes from a point of time, and interestingly has not changed that much since.
Sarah, our historian. Thanks for your dedication to collect valuable pieces that build Denmark today.
Danish flag –Dannebrog–the national symbol
This is how Danish passport looked like back then. And people from outside DK had to deposit certain amount of money in order to stay in the country.—not so much different with the immigration rules now, eh?
A group of workers from Turkey
A gallon of milk and sacks of potatoes are means of payment for many Polish workers back in early 1900. They lived in an arranged housing. And many Danes believed that Polish women have strong backbone, that’s why they are good working in potatoes field for bending and farming.
The story about one asylum application from Tamil being hold on and off by Danish immigration board. The board decided to wait if situation in Tamil parts of Srilanka showed a final rest. Only that it never does.
The Buddha is still waiting for visa.
A (funny) case where a buddha statue being placed in one’s garden managed to arise issue if placing it in open area is acceptable in Denmark.
Christmas tree. Is it very Danish? Many Danes think yes. Although, originally it didn’t come from Denmark. And because we put Danish flags on the Christmas tree (and almost on anything), it then becomes parts of Danish culture.
the key belongs to a Palestinian, who now live in Denmark. It is an access to his house which he believed was stood still by the time he left Palestine. What is home? Home is where your hearth stays.
When you open these drawers, different assortments of artifacts stored…those which were brought to Denmark and have influence the culture nowadays.
Like this one from America…hehehe American plastic
Me and my lovely noodle
This manuscript tells the history of how to become Danish citizen. Apparently, a child whose born from Danish parents abroad and has lived abroad for long time, has to take naturalization process in order to claim his/her citizenship
Denmark needs skillful talents from abroad. But does the country tax them too much??
Back in the day, if you were an immigrant, and running out of deposit money and remained illegal in Denmark, or if you were caught shoplifting, your image would be famous on this kind of public board. Uuuuhh not so nice..But many made it back to the country, though. Not so much different with current immigration condition, though
After muhammad cartoon scandal in Denmark, many muslim countries incl. Indonesia protested about it. I personally get annoyed with these uncivilized demonstration—what’s left then if people can’t make a criticism.? Hopefully they will be enlightened, someday.
Another anti danish poster—make me angry
Gypsy and its historical problem from being nomads
When someone entering an asylum center in Denmark, these are sets that they will be receiving
Danes use dannebrog motives on everything
International marriage, something that is inevitable in this global world. This Danish lady married her Malaysian husband. If her husband is a muslim, likely she would have to convert religion as many muslim countries do not acknowledge cross religious marriage.
Adoption to Denmark
Burka and its controversy From sarah, i was told that Danish government can only save person who is under threat from social pressure, such as forced-marriage and sets of outfit, by hiding her and clear her identity. And when I asked, “what about the real threats?” She answered, the government cannot point that one culture is wrong…ohh…common..it’s not about being polite, it’s about to stop inhumanity from continuing.
The danes and their pathway of immigration to the new world, America
Finally, ended my journey. It was healthy and mind-opening.