Stanford: International Perspective

Stanford: International Perspective

August 29, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


[Xylophone music plays]>>Tenzin Atruktsang: There are a lot of amazing students here, I mean, there are students from all walks of life. [drums and chant music plays]>>Tenzin Atruktsang: There are students from Singapore; there are students from Slovenia, from every continent.>>male #1: They were all a he; all were a reflection of him.>>Tenzin Atruktsang: If you look at them they look like a normal student but inside their brain, it’s just like there’ s crazy stuff happening. They’re like actually geniuses. [Music plays]>>Tenzin Seldon: I’m originally from India. I was born and raised as a refugee in the Indian Himalayas. My parents escaped from China when the communists had invaded. I lived my entire life in asylum.>>Deanna Tan: I think Stanford’s a pretty welcoming place and it’s also flocking with Asian Americans and I just feel like culturally there was a big connection for me. [Chinese speaking] [Laughter]>>male #1: We should just keep throwing stuff at him as he keeps talking [laughs]>>Deanna Tan: I think it’s also great that there’s a great international community at Stanford. There are students from everywhere and there are so many ethnically themed houses and activities and I think what’s even more wonderful is that just anyone can join these; you don’t have to be of the right ethnicity. [laughter and talking]>>Rocco Cervantes: We have people from all over the world, really. Everyone has their different point of view but I find it so enriching to be able to discuss with people there, how incredibly different we all are but we all have such similar qualities. [skateboards roll] [xylophone continues]>>Stephen Hinton: We have more international students than ever before. We have just a much more diverse mix of students than Stanford has ever had. But that mix is not just of an ethnic or racial mix or an economic mix, it’s also a mix of interests. [Singing and clapping]>>Stewart McGregor-Dennis: I had one friend that got a grant from Stanford to go to Paris for the entire summer and write a novel.>>Karen Scrivner: This past summer was spent volunteering at a health clinic in Honduras where I really able to use my knowledge of Spanish but also everything I’d learned in Human Biology.>>Michael Tubbs: Through Stanford I was able to go to El Salvador for one week and learn about liberation theology and march of solidarity for the 30th anniversary of Archbishop Romero. Because of Stanford I was able to go to South Africa for three months and study post-Apartheid reconciliation, post-Apartheid education and kind of compare what I know in America to what’s going on in Cape Town, South Africa which is amazing. [Lively music plays] [audience shouts]>>Tenzim Seldon: You in this university are not at all dictated by the color of your skin, by your religion, your race, your background, your socioeconomic status.>>Michelle Elam: It’s a really rich vibrant world unto itself that’s very international, it’s very cosmopolitan and part of that’s enabled by the fact that it’s in a place that validates that and celebrates those kinds of differences and tries to capitalize on. It’s a wonderful, thriving, vibrant place to be. [xylophone plays]