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KelsieGleason Kelsie Gleason

  • 28 years old
  • From Illinois, United States
  • Currently in Barcelona, Spain

Visions and Revisions: Discovering the Culture of Barcelona

This journal will serve as a collection of my experiences, observations, and reflections over the next four months of cultural immersion in Barcelona.

The Listening Project

Spain Barcelona, Spain  |  Mar 29, 2011
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Yesterday we had a group movie night at a local restaurant. We watched The Listening Project, a documentary about a group of Americans that each visit different countries to ask them what they think of the United States and of Americans. They went to Japan, China, Russia, Afghanistan, India, Israel, Palestine, Tanzania, South Africa, France, England, Brazil, Mexico, and Canada to interview the people. It was really eye-opening to see other people’s opinions of our country, and surprisingly they weren’t as negative as I expected them to be. Before the movie started we talked in small groups about what we expected the people in the film to say about Americans, and we pretty much only came up with negative comments. A lot of the people had some positive comments to say about the US though. One man said that he liked that the US gives people in his country jobs, but didn’t seem to realize that the US outsources to save money and that people in the US earn much more than he did. Palestinians criticized the US for supporting the Israelis and their human rights violations against the Palestinians. Overall the general consensus was that the US is arrogant, ignorant, and wants to force its views on the rest of the world. A lot of people were able to separate the people of the US from the government of the US, and blamed most of the problems on the government, not on the citizens, so at least they don’t hate us. And as much as it sucks that most of the world sees our country as an arrogant bully, it just makes me want to change that view and represent the US in a better light, especially when we go to Morocco on Wednesday.

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