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How the World sees America…

March 28, 2008

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I sat down to eat my lunch today and turned the TV on to C-SPAN2.  Amar Bakshi was in the middle of a press conference speaking about his project- How the World sees America.  This fascinating project took him on a 5-month trip to 11 countries around the world.  Bakshi is a reporter for the Washington post.  This project was an attempt to provide a different vantage point from the standard headline journalism.

Bakshi states that he wanted “to humanize the actors in world politics.”  It is also fascinating because it combines the technology of the postmodern age–digital video, internet/You tube and puts us in touch with the people involved in these overarching political issues.  We see the Other as they are, not as we imagine them to be in our culturally conditioned views and predispositions.  We hear the Other in their own voice.  The Palestinian, the UK Communist, the Indian, the Israeli Jew, the Turkish Muslim….  We see a human face, human emotions, expressions–living a daily existense much like our own in many ways. 

I went to Amar Bakshi’s website and watched the following short video pieces:

The Border between Mexico and the U.S. (p. 1)

Cartoonist Paco Calderon (p. 1)

U.S. Soccer Lacks Sacred Fire (p. 2)

Bolivarian University of Venezuela (p. 3)

Minister Yonggi Cho (p. 3)

Growing up Amerasian (p. 4)

McMinister (p. 5)

Israeli Defense Forces on U.S. Terrorism (p. 5)

Holding Out in Hebron (p. 5)

A Palestinian in East Jerusalem (p. 6)

American Sister Returns Amid Beirut Bombs (p. 6)

American University of Beirut (p. 7)

Istanbul Protest:  “Curse PKK, Curse America.”  (p. 8)

Amar Bakshi on How the World Sees America (p. 8)

7-11 on 9/11 (p. 9)

Ahmed Rashid:  Bush Rejects Expertise (p. 9)

Lahore Theater Students Rehearse Imitate American Arrogance (p. 10)

America’s Over-educated Consumers (p. 11)

“Coca-Colanization” or “Just Bitter Water” in Kerala Plant (p. 11)

Professor Disappointed by U.S.-India Nuclear Deal (p. 12)

America-Style Consumerism in India (p. 12)

Most Americans Don’t Have Passports (p. 13)

Schwarzeneggar’s Green, But Bush’s Barely Catching On (p. 15)

As someone who is seeking to follow Jesus and see the world as God sees it, I find these video clips essential to living as a more informed global citizen.  I would like to see more of this kind of journalism.  Kudos to Amar Bakshi.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2008 2:46 pm

    Hi there, Thank you so much for this kind review. I’m glad you enjoyed the CSPAN presentation and the site. I see you’re involved with religious life in Pennsylvania, and I’m actually traveling around the state now and would love to talk or meet up in Lancaster if you’re free and around. Email me anytime at amar[dot]bakshi[at]gmail[dot]com. Looking forward to being in touch and thanks again, Amar

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/america

  2. just an apprentice permalink
    April 16, 2008 11:43 am

    Amar,
    Thanks. It would be good to meet up in Lancaster. Let me know when you will be in the area and we can set something up.

    Brian

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