Where are you Local?
Published: July 19, 2017
In the American Heritage and Immigration course, Collegetown Prep villagers strived to define the murky constructs of cultural and national identity. They were challenged with several thought provoking questions.What does it mean to be a citizen of a particular country? How do the various aspects of local, national, and global cultures affect individuals on a personal level?
Villagers initially compared their own stories of heritage and global citizenship, to provide context for these issues. Using their own experiences as a template, they then learned firsthand from members of Moorhead, Minnesota’s diverse local population. We engaged with staff members from the Concordia College campus, institutions that provide services to local immigrants, and even with newly-relocated refugees in the area. Although these discussions highlighted the drastic range of cultural differences and beliefs found within one single community, it also exposed the unifying similarities that all people share.