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Title:Lend me your eyes, I can change what you see...
Author(s):Kendzior, Michaela
Subject(s):Study Abroad
Abstract:For this project, I researched different world views according to students who have studied abroad. The reason I chose this topic was because during my travels abroad, I met many people from other countries. Their views of where I am from were intriguing to me. For example, when I traveled as a child, when I said I was American, many people would stick up their noses. When I said I was from Chicago, I heard many phrases about what Chicago is famous for, the most frequent one being “Oh Chicago! BANG! BANG!” (in reference to Al Capone). During my recent trip to Egypt, I decided to experiment with this phenomenon. Because the Bush administration was looked down upon by other countries, many people told me when traveling I should say I was German or Canadian. My friends and I tried this for a few days, however we would get confused on which nationality we had decided to be each day. Eventually, we resorted back to claiming our American nationality, in hopes that we would not be killed because of our past president’s reputation. To our surprise, the reaction to our Egyptian friends was not that they hated out nation, but that they loved our current president and in consequence, loved Americans. Soon, the responses changed from their indifference to our ‘German and Canadian nationalities’ to “Obama! We love Obama! We love Americans!”.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:ANTH 411; Fall 2010
Ellen Moodie, Instructor
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-10-11

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    This collection examines the influence of globalization on the university and the university's place in a burgeoning world market for higher education.

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