Orientalism

I remember the day president Trump was elected. I obviously was born in the United States but more than two-thirds of my family live in France. The reason I’m talking about Trump’s election is that it was one of the more world-renowned elections ever to be held between two very strong candidates fighting against each other. When Trump was elected. my dad and mom truly contemplated what we were going to do about this guy in the office. Meanwhile half of our family in France was destroying our phone lines with the number of questions being asked about what we were going to do. I was so confused as to why they cared about the U.S.A. Election. I asked my dad being the nosey 15-year old I was and told me the best answer with only five words: “American News is World News.”

If you didn’t know what Orientalism was or didn’t understand it from what I just said Orientalism is a theory put forward by the late Edward Said. It is associated with the field of post-colonialism and the study of the cultures and identities of the Orient and Eastern civilizations by the West.

We as students live in a country that influences the world with its culture. Many different countries have big influence but America has the largest influence without even knowing. Some use this influence for good purposes and many just don’t know we have it.

2 thoughts on “Orientalism

  1. Micah D

    This really is so true and something I haven’t really thought of fully before. American news really is world news. Along with like every other part of our culture. Like movies, music and any kind of media. I really do not know much about other countries and their politics, but it really seems like other countries know as much about the US as Americans do.

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