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Mexico: IN View

Indiana’s relationship with MEXICO   As one of Indiana’s largest trading partners, Mexico has many ties to the Hoosier State. Whether it’s a long standing university partnership like the one between IUPUI and Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo or the Badges Without Borders program that provides public safety officials in Indianapolis with immersive learning experiences in Mexico, there are numerous ties south of the boarder throughout the sectors. With over 110,000 Mexican immigrants living in the state of Indiana there are many unique cultural ties within our communities as well as depicted in the WFYI program, Peregrinos.   
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Global Indiana and the Path to Citizenship

By Jeff Kamm, Operations Manager One of my favorite obligations as the Operations Manager at The International Center occurs on forty Thursdays throughout the year. This is when we have the opportunity to participate in the naturalization of many a brand new Hoosier. For someone like myself who has the blessing of being an American citizen by birthright alone, this is a great opportunity to reflect on and be thankful for the freedom and privilege we enjoy. For those unfamiliar, the path to citizenship is not particularly easy. Before the process can begin candidates must have resided legally in
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Celebrating (and Counting) Culture at IUPUI

By Deborah Hirt Neary, Office of International Affairs, IUPUI Can you guess how many countries are represented in the student body at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)? Most Hoosiers I asked said around 30, and one person even guessed 90. I’ll give you a hint, it’s pretty close to the number of countries in the United Nations (hopefully that hint helped). Turns out, students from 150 countries are right here in downtown Indy at IUPUI! This diversity is truly amazing and can be easy to miss…except during the month of February. Starting on February 1, all four floors of
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75 Years of Welcoming Emerging World Leaders

By Qindan Nie, Development Intern  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which is characterized by the U.S Department of State as the first recognized exchange initiative of its kind. This flagship exchange program invites emerging foreign leaders working in the political, economic, educational, media, religious and civil society sectors to experience U.S. society and values and to build abiding connections with American peers. These programs have provided opportunities for domestic and international emerging leaders to exchange ideas and collaborate on common challenges in order to build a more peaceful and prosperous world.
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Firefighting: A Universal Language

By Kelly Sexton, Relocations Intern This past semester I have been blessed with the opportunity to work in the relocation department here at The International Center. Through phone calls, e-mails, welcome packages, and orientation tours, we assist international employees who are moving from their home country to Indianapolis on a business assignment. At first it seemed relatively easy, clear-cut, and laid back. But let me assure you, it is quite the opposite. There is never a dull moment in the relocation office whether it be a client’s security alarm going off at 4 in the morning (and not knowing
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Study Abroad…in Reverse!

By Yin Li, China Project Intern   As an international student majoring in Communication, I am very interested in working in the diverse cultural environment, in which I can use my personal experience and improve my knowledge in communication. When I found this internship position from The Center’s website, I felt it would be a great opportunity for me. At The International Center, I work as an intern at the China Project Office, which aims to enhance the relationships between China and Indiana in the field of business, culture and education. As a student from China, I am very excited to
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Flags as a Way to Preserve a Global Identity

By Kelli Duncan, Protocol intern At the beginning of my semester-long internship when my Office of Protocol supervisor, Peter Kirkwood, told me (with much enthusiasm) about the importance of our flag collection here at The International Center, I was pretty sure he was overselling it. I mean, flags are just flags right? I was fairly certain that they existed in order to look nice in pictures and to prompt the removal of hats during the national anthem at baseball games before scarfing down the rest of a hot dog. But with the passing years our world has become a
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CITIZEN DIPLOMACY ALIVE AND WELL – AT HOME AND IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL

By Billie Fouts, VP Marketing & Development A year ago next month I boarded a plane bound for Washington, D.C. to rendezvous with a top International Center volunteer, Betty Bledsoe, along with 10 of her 11 adopted children. The occasion: They, not just SHE, were to be presented with the Lorinne Emery Volunteer of the Year award from Global Ties U.S. Global Ties U.S. is the organization under the purview of the U.S. Department of State that administers the nation’s premiere citizen diplomacy program for visits to the U.S. by delegations of emerging leaders from around the world.The Award
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When Romania Encounters Hoosier Hospitality

By Rachel O’Heran, IVLP intern Part of what drew me into my internship with the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) at The International Center were the ample opportunities to work with the international community. Through my studies, I have worked with individuals from African and Asian cultures. Although I thoroughly enjoy my work with both of these regions, I wanted to broaden my experience and to work hand in hand with individuals from all a variety of cultures. Over the past four years, I have been exposed to many cultures that call Indianapolis home, and it has been amazing
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Japan: IN View

Indiana’s relationship with Japan    Over the years Indiana has maintained and developed a strong relationship with Japan. In 1999, the Hoosier state established a sister-state relationship with Tochigi Prefecture. Since then, many Indiana cities have followed the state’s lead by establishing sister-city relationships throughout Japan. Hoosier-Japanese relations are enhanced further by the many business relationships and university partnerships that exist in our community. Indiana is the only state with all of the big three Japanese auto manufactures (Toyota, Honda, and Subaru). Cultural Insight – Honorifics In Japanese society, showing respect at all times is of critical importance. This
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