Asia House (Essen)

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Asia House The Asia House is a German foundation set up in 1992. Since 1995 it is located in the former headquarters of Zeche Zollverein in the city of Essen. Once one of the most imminent coalmines in Germany and nowadays a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. The foundation is a loose/independent group of non-governmental organizations focused on Asia.

Among its members are the Asia Development Bank Working Group, the Burma Initiative, the China program, the South-East Asia Information Centre and the Philippines Office.

Due to international networking with similar organizations and like minded individuals within Germany and abroad; it is possible to make suppressed and restricted information accessible to the wider public. Its aim is to facilitate a deeper understanding of the region.

The Asia House tries to bundle the strengths of its member organizations. It considers itself as a project open for new developments and ideas. Under its roof it brings together various experiences, contacts and know how from all over this very region.


  • Sausmikat, Nora/Fritsche, Klaus (eds.) 2010: Global Concerns – Global Cooperation. How European and Chinese NGOs Can Learn from Each Other, Essen.
  • Sausmikat, Nora/Fritsche, Klaus (eds.) 2010: Civil Society in European-Chinese Relations of Cooperation, Essen.

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