EIJP - Emerging International Journalists Program

Building on our original content expertise, we began our Emerging International Journalists Program for undergraduate & graduate students and recent graduates to tell the stories of the global work done by our Members.
 
The program acts as a training ground and platform for new voices on international topics connected to the Philadelphia region.
 
If you are interested in becoming a contributor with the Emerging International Journalists Program, email [email protected]
 
 
 

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In many regards, Philadelphia is the zenith of American iconography. This legacy, however, may have inadvertently limited the city’s reputation. Despite the quintessential American things about Philadelphia, there are a million others that represent international aspects of the city that many of its visitors and residents may not recognize. A certain non-profit exists to change that.
A native of New Dehli and a recent transplant from Vancouver, journalist Ritu Dixit became involved with the Global Philadelphia Association's Communications initiatives this summer. This is her story about discovering Philadelphia through preparations for GlobalPhilly™ 2013. 
An exchange between Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Dr. Richard Hodges, President of the American University of Rome and former Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, resulted in an intensive effort to gain international recognition of Philadelphia’s historical contributions to the world. Nutter visited the Penn Museum and Hodges, then Director, mentioned the World Heritage Cities Programme. The mayor took notice. 
Chestnut Hill College (CHC), located in picturesque northwestern Philadelphia, has been putting a lot of momentum in recent years behind its international outreach.
GlobalPhilly 2013 will present "Advocacy," as one of seven dimensions that make the Philadelphia region global (the others being Arts, Commerce, Cuisine, Education, Heritage, and Sports). This category of the exposition is reserved for GP13 events that focus on promoting dialogue about a host of issues affecting humanity worldwide, and how Philadelphians fit into the international discourse. GPA News contributor Dominique Johnson profiles a few of the embodiments of Advocacy that will occur during GlobalPhilly 2013.
Opened in 1926, the iconic Radisson Plaza - Warwick Hotel Philadelphia has been a staple of Rittenhouse Square for over eight decades. While many locals identify with the hotel’s brand, international clientele do not always recognize the Radisson Plaza - Warwick name. That is why Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced early this year that the hotel is to be re-branded as a Radisson Blu building. If “Radisson Blu” does not ring a bell to Philadelphia locals, that hardly comes as a surprise. 
Linguistic abilities and cross-cultural sensitivities are skills sometimes overlooked in higher education management and business programs. In 1983, the Lauder family of Estée Lauder Companies decided to address this by establishing the Joseph H. Lauder Institute in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A dual-degree and intensive language program prepares students for careers in international business. Director of the Lauder Institute Mauro F. Guillén spoke with GPA staff member, Kait Lavinder, about the importance of global awareness, his experiences as a native of Spain, and how Philadelphia can capitalize on its rich cultural history.
In July 2000, Lower Merion’s Harriton High School became the third public school in Pennsylvania to provide the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma to its graduating seniors. Since its start, the program has grown so that this past year around 60 of the school’s 304 seniors were part of the IB. Next year, 61 rising juniors are entering the program.
This November, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will present the largest collection of Lithuanian crafts and design ever in the United States. It is no coincidence that this and several other Lithuanian cultural events are coming to Philadelphia in the fall. This Northern European nation and largest of the three Baltic states assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on July 1, 2013, and Philadelphia is helping to celebrate.
He started life as a child of doctors, migrating at a young age from Pondicherry, India to mainline Philadelphia. Later, he would become one of the highest-paid screenwriters in the world. No matter your opinion of his films, M. Night Shyamalan epitomizes the American success story. But this isn't necessarily what occupies him.
The Philadelphia Carnival, which occurred in Fairmount Park on Father’s Day Weekend of June 15th, artistically celebrated Caribbean culture, and served as a platform to teach Philadelphians about this culture through showcasing artful expressions, including music, dancing, and costume.
Although a small family-owned business, for nearly the past 30 years Chemtech International has brought its services based out of the Philadelphia suburbs to clients the world over.
“Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection" is going on now though August 18th at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Designed by Mary Wilson, an original member of the Supremes, the exhibit will showcase the group’s stunning gowns which draw inspiration from all over the world, including pieces channeling Parisian, Japanese, and Caribbean influences.
On Sunday, June 9th the annual Odunde Street Festival kicked off on South Street with a full day of events celebrating authentic African culture in one of Philadelphia’s most historically African-American neighborhoods.The festival began with a gathering at the Schuylkill River, where attendees dressed in traditional African garments offered their prayers and blessings in a ceremonial procession. Next, thousands of individuals returned back to 23rd and South Streets for the start of the street festival designed as a traditional African Market.
Chinatown Learning Center was founded 20 years ago by Carol S. Wong, M.Ed. Wong and the first teacher hired to work at the center, Mrs. Chan, have been teaching preschoolers and school age children Chinese and English since February 1993. Wong’s official title is Director of Chinatown Learning Center. I attended the preschoolers’ end of the year celebration where the children performed songs and received their certificates. After the ceremony, Wong and I sat down to talk about the center and Philadelphia’s immigrant community.
Later this year, the city of Philadelphia will be the site of the fifth annual Beyond Sport Summit. The 2013 Summit will be held from the 9th to the 11th of September, and will consist of everything from practical workshops to large-scale panels about global sports. Topics will range from sustainability to social inclusion and securing funding. Attracting delegates from six continents, the idea behind these events is to bring together prominent leaders in sports, government and business to discuss how global sports can be used to address social issues such as the environment, education and health.
Language shares a profound and complex connection with translation. Throughout the book, Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World, authors Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche do an incredible job illustrating this connection. Kelly and Zetzsche, both translators themselves, focus their attention upon the intellectual and practical difficulties of translating and interpreting, and the related realm of nuanced differences between written and spoken translation.
This fall, Global Philadelphia Association is showing Philadelphians the world within their own city. Kicking off on September 15 and running through November 1, GlobalPhilly™ 2013 will be the city’s first showcase of international programs and activities in Philadelphia, including arts, advocacy, commerce, and food, among others.
On May 15, Dr. David Brownlee presented a lecture entitled, "Philadelphia, the Museum City," at the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Brownlee, the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, beautifully dissected the history of some of the city's many significant museums. The term “Museum City” serves as an effective reminder of the City of Brotherly Love's cultural prestige. As if being the birthplace of modern democracy wasn't enough, Philadelphia is also the birthplace of the modern museum.
Singaporean artist Meei-Ling Ng finds inspiration in Philadelphia's urban textures and dreams of a cleaner world through her art. Ng will be presenting at the Barnes Foundation on Friday, April 26.