On a stony plateau, a group of people are sitting on several blankets under a tree. There are women, men and children of different ages. A little to the side, a boy dips his foot in a small stream. Mountains can be seen in the background.

A family picnic in the mountains near Chaharborj in northwest Iran



Parents and children

Shared joy and shared sorrow, big emotions and big conflicts: few relationships are as emotional, but also as crazy, as those between parents and children.

They can be inseparable even when they live far away from each other, like Valeriu Pocitari and his daughter Valeria. He works in Greece, she studies in Moldova - and yet the bond between them never seems to break.

In China, millions of children are growing up with their grandparents because their parents work far away. We talked to Photographer Tami Xiang about these children who were left behind by their parents, and about the gratitude she feels towards her own father, even though he, too, was absent when she grew up.

But parents and children can also be strangers, even if they have spent a lifetime together. British author Daljit Nagra describes the rift that has existed between him and his parents since his childhood in London. They are traditional Sikhs, he is gradually transforming into a “white man” before their eyes.

In families, generations negotiate and argue about life, politics and identity. What connects us to our parents - and what have we always wanted to tell our children?

October 2023

“I think the relationships you have with your parents, your siblings, your kids are interesting, because they have a real potential to make you grow”
Liv Strömquist
Author of graphic novels, Sweden

Discover the printed issue

In addition to our focus on parents & children, our IV/2023 issue included more reports, interviews and news items from around the world: 

A state held hostage The author Stella Gaitano on rope teams and interests in Sudanese politics

The legacy of Taylor Swift Writer Stephen Buoro talks about his debut novel “Andy Africa”

Many proud words Irish journalist Audrey Magee on the comeback of the Gaelic language

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Das Cover der Ausgabe IV/2023 von KULTURAUSTAUSCH. Auf dem Foto ist eine Gruppe Menschen zu sehen, die sich offenbar nahe stehen. Im Zentrum ein etwas älterer Mann mit kurzen grauen Haaren, um ihn herum gruppiert sechs junge Menschen.