The Guide and findings of a Global Citizen

In this course, I have learned that the entire world is connected. Each person is connected to and affected by people in completely different continents. Each countries economy is based off one another, and if one crashes (U.S.), they all start to decline. In everyday life, I eat foods of different cultures, including Mexican, Italian, Chinese, etc. A great majority of the objects I own were made in China. All of these points reinforce that we depend on each other from one person to another and one country to another. Also the worlds entertainment business is connected, with there being tons of successful Mexican actors/actresses and directors in the American movie business, as well as actors/actresses from Italy, Spain, China, Germany, I could go on and on.

I’ve learned about the tax system in the U.S. and how it matches up to China’s, more specifically the relationship of China’s production of commercial goods shipped to America for consumption and how that relates to tax. I then learned about different issues in various countries caught up in civil war and whether the groups involved were revolutionaries or terrorists. That jumped to watching a bollywood film, Chak Del India, where I realized that Indian films are very similar to American films, except for the length which shows more details about the subject of the film, and that bollywood films love music and dance and incorporate that into their films. Also bollywood films are much more realistic, with the actors looking like everyday people, unlike American films which make their actors/actresses look like super models. In fact I learned so much about how our world is so connected, that it was scary and very surprising, and after I do not know how I ever did not know our world was not connected.

When I started interim term in Global Citizenship, I had stereotypes about different cultures, such as every Indian woman wore saris, were very traditional, and treated as subordinate to men. This stereotype was shattered after I watched Chak Del India, seeing women in more modern clothes that girls in the U.S. where. The were in some ways treated as subordinate to men when they almost were not sent to the championships, but they proved equal when they won the championship. I have had to un-learn that stereotypes are true just because I saw a picture of Indian women wearing saris so they must all wear saris, because that is far from the truth.

I think that to be a successful global citizen, you have to do many things: understand that your perspective could be very different from someone else, communicate with other people about their perspective, sharing ideas and asking questions with one another, and then teach the world about the different cultures and their differing perspectives. Anything that you have learned that tells you to ignore these principles or disregard these, you have to get rid of them. I think you can help achieve these principles in many different ways, join after school clubs about different cultures such as the China club or Indian club. The main point to being a global citizen though is to just be active in your community, don’t wait for somebody else to.



One thought on “The Guide and findings of a Global Citizen

  1. I love the emphasis on connectedness in your final blog post; it’s one of the things I hoped for students in this course — that you would leave with a greater awareness that the human race is one race, that our well-being and our lives are interconnected with people we won’t ever meet. I’m glad that you unlearned some stereotypes, and that, in general, you became aware of how easily we let our perceptions and behavior be governed by false stereotypes. I hope that you have a chance to study in a foreign culture someday, James. I think you’d really enjoy the experience, and the other culture would enjoy getting to know America through you.

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