Marshall McLuhan , who was a philosopher of communication theory, predicted that the world would become a global village with the development of electric technology 15 years ago. And it seems like his prediction was correct. Now, the modern people can go anywhere in the world within 24 hours, experience a country without actually visiting there. The number of international tourists has increased, and people can easily meet foreigners in their surroundings.
The problem is, global citizens are not ready for welcoming new visitors. Discrimination toward foreigners still exist in a country, and immigrants are not fully accepted as a part of the society. However, the world keep changing. we cannot live in a small room anymore. It is time to open the door and go outside.
Then, what should we prepare for being a cool global citizen? I found some clue to be a cool global citizen from ULM international student, Chi Thee Boss from Jamaica. She is a good example of a global citizen. Chi is born at Nigeria, but she moved to Jamaica following her parents. As their parents keep strong culture of Nigeria, she needed to follow her parent’s culture. However, when she was hanging out with her friends at school, she naturally accepted Jamaican culture too. Influenced by parents who introduced her to other culture, she was also interested in other culture too. She said, ” Asian culture gave me a refreshing jolt. It was so new that I wanted to explore it more.”
It was interesting for me when I asked her identity. “I am not African, I am not Jamaican, neither Nigerian. I think I am in the middle ground.” For her, the tag that indicated where she was from is not important. She love to experience other culture and is ready to accept it. And that is why she decided to come to America. Chi said, ” American culture is a huge melting pot. The beginning of this country is from immigrants and lots of people came to America. I loved to experience various culture. So that is why I came here. And I am so happy to be here, since ULM has quite big international community.” ULM hold annual events for international students and try to give a chance to American students to meet international students. She is glad to participate those event and really enjoys those.
However, there were not always happy memories in the United States. One time she tried to visit one of her friends house but she could not go to the place because her friend’s parents did want their daughter to hang out with Black friends. “That was not a common happening but I was quite surprised because I thought America overcame racism somehow. But I realized that it is still in somewhere in America.” Besides this happening, she experienced cultural prejudice against her culture. “Whenever I said I am from Jamaica or from Africa, they start to see me with compassionate eye. “Can you afford this?”, “Do you need some food?”. People are just ignorant about other cultures.” About the silly questions, She thought it is hillairious rather offended or uncomfortable. Because she knew that they really did not what is going on the African continent.
Modern people already live in the global village. They cannot hide from the trend anymore. The necessity of people in the modern world, smart phone, more specifically, iPhone is not made in single country. Even though the head of Apple is in America, the actual products are made in other countries. Besides the iPhone, lot of goods are made in multiple countries. Now all the countries in the world need to get together and cooperate each together.
What I found the key to be a cool global citizen from her is her attitude to meet a new culture. She tries not to have a prejudice on a specific culture and to embrace their culture. ” I listen French music, love to watch Korean drama, I liked to watch Japanese animation, I eat Italian food, and I go to school at the United States. Culture is around us and I love to get into it.”
Open up your mind just a little bit and allow other cultures to get to you. The culture is in your own background.