In the course of the last 16 years in America, I have met hundreds of immigrants, new and old, who came to the USA with high levels of learning, higher education diplomas, and optimistic aspirations. However, for lack of English language knowledge, they have found it extremely hard to enjoy the professional and personal mobility the US economic, political, and social climate provides. In fact, I meet folks who hold Doctorates but remain stuck in low-paying jobs, mostly as dish-washers in restaurants and cab-drivers.
Some folks are perceived as a fixed reality. But more concerning still is that these very folks advance the idea that saying the truth about who they really are will take the perception about them away!
Many a time, my brain goes blank. The impact of philosophy, I guess. The brooding rises high above, far above the bounds of realism or the dictates of the moment. It is a question. It has been this way for so long. For the passing of a star, millions more take her place, and for the passing of each galaxy, an abundance of them light up the sky infinitely. How dare I, then, proclaim a victory over the question?!
The Case for Good International Visitors Leadership Program Interpreters:
In the international arena, cultures meet, and in the process they either integrate, fuse, or clash. But clashing is not really inevitable in cultural encounters. In fact, cultures integrate one another through processes of transfer and even interference. Cultures clash when the engines that drive them are clash-oriented. Folks who have an interest in clash will make every effort, through the power of money and media, to make the citizenry believe that cultures are averse to one another. However, when one looks at the real merit of cultures, one will find them to be so akin and so close to one another in more ways than one would even imagine. I have been in dozens of cultural encounters, and surely bear witness to their magic. I have believed in them and in their power to construct and create new cultural products. I have seen them happening in front of my eyes and connecting things thought to be incapable of incorporation. I have seen coffee mix with milk in ways more than amazing. I have seen love confirmed and strengthened among folks who have been told they can never love one another. I have seen many a conservative and many a liberal find all of a sudden that they agree much more than they differ. And I so certainly have found old enemies in peace with one another and in each other’s arms. I have found them more qualified to assuage one another’s concerns and worries through a short and long awaited encounter. Indeed, I have found visitors from across the world confirm how similar folks from regions far and near are when they are given a chance to experience the other, through a first-hand and direct encounter rather than through the divisive means of mass-control and phobia.
Many leaders come from prestigious and Ivy League Schools. But do they reflect, in their day-to-day public service, the issues and concerns of those they are supposed to serve? I do believe that they are the product of their time and space, and thereby cater to the very culture that produced them in the first place. Fool certainly is one who thinks that such a leader will all of a sudden become a turn-coat against the very institutions and the interests that brought her or him about. Being the carrier of a very specific culture, a person can most of the time only favor the special interests that enabled his ascent. Being a graduate of the Ivy League myself, I do see an enormous disconnect between its graduates and the various communities living in a shared space. Most people are average in terms of income and empowerment, therefore it is extremely hard for them to mount the arduous terrains leading to an Ivy League education. The few among us who manage to get an Ivy League education do so because these schools are pressured to accept a number of students of minorities and underprivileged groups. And yet, these students are usually living in their own world inside the Ivy League, and are at times looked at as less capable to mount the walls of an elitist education or to understand the materials under study. It is then fair enough to say that because of this disconnect between some institutions of Higher education and the majority of citizens, who have a multitude of pressures and concerns related to work, health, and justice, the masses should spare no effort to aggressively promote education at community colleges. These schools are essentially focused on technical and work-force development, and thus represent no “threat” to an elite culture of Ivy League education that perceptively seems to be geared towards a monopoly of the production of political leaders.
Almost all combinations add value. The effect is more likely to be greater when all the means of each category are leveraged. The effect is even much greater with the sum of all the sources of the categories combined.
In part 1 of chapter II, we studied the American Political Culture. This week, we are going to study part 2: American Ideology and Public Opinion.
Ideology is a set of ideas and beliefs about political values and the role of government in people’s lives. In the United States, two major schools of political thought are dominant: liberalism and conservatism. However, the United States is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial society where most citizens share the American Dream and practice their personal life and political convictions freely as guaranteed by the Constitution. But despite this diversity, most Americans continue to identify with their ethnic group even after many generations. People learn their political values, attitudes, and beliefs through the process of political socialization in which family, religion, gender gap, and education play an important role.