“The turn to nativism hinders international education”

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What the United States desperately needs is more patriots and global citizens (the two are not mutually exclusive) and fewer nationalists. The golden question is how to transform the latter into the former. Can this be accomplished through education and training, or are there other factors at play that make this impossible?

Here’s my latest University World News essay, a response to a number of articles there and elsewhere that confuse nationalism with nativism.  (Note:  The title was supplied by the editor.)

My main point is that nationalism in the US is nothing new, nor is there a connection between a rise in nationalism and the ascendancy of Donald Trump.

…I would argue that the ‘turn’ is not toward nationalism, which clearly predates Trump’s election, but toward nativism, the result of populist anger about the negative effects of globalisation.

Follow this link to read the article in its entirety.

MAA

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Happy 7th Anniversary, “International Educator in Viet Nam”!

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WordPress dutifully reminded me yesterday that it was the 7th anniversary of registering this blog.  That was at a time when I suddenly had more freedom of speech, relatively speaking, because of a job change.  No more pre-approvals, no more top-down censorship, no more “change this” or “delete that” because it might offend certain powerful people who happen to control purse strings.

Over the past seven years, this blog has offered ample evidence that the fields of education and international education in general and in Viet Nam, in particular, are many things; dull is not one of them.

So who has read this venerable blog since 2009?  US and other foreign colleagues, Vietnamese colleagues who have an interest in the issues I discuss and who read English, colleagues from the US and Vietnamese governments, competitors, and a veritable rogue’s gallery of other individuals.

The latter category includes people who work, how shall I put it?, on the fringes and in the dark corners of this multi-billion dollar business called education.  I have delighted some and angered others.  And the truth will set you free, even if it occasionally hurts and costs certain people and certain entities money.

Please join me, whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever your drink of choice is, in tipping your glass to seven (7) years of Information, Insights & (Occasionally) Intrigue!  Thank for spending some of your precious time to visit, virtually speaking.  I do it for you and for myself, i.e., writing as thinking and, sometimes, as therapy.  Happy 7th Anniversary, International Educator in Viet Nam!

MAA