Bienvenido en Espana

Near the end of the spring semester, I piloted my survey in English on peers at William and Mary to find any glitches there might be. There were many. However, with those sorted out, I took every free second of three days and translated the survey into French and Spanish in preparation to send them out to citizens of these countries. Having fine-tuned the English one as well, I began to send it to participants: citizens of Virginia Beach 18 and older. My participant pool right now comprises contacts and coworkers of my parents, to get some semblance of sampling (because they work VERY different jobs) and I will add other contacts for numbers as I see fit.

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Abstract: An Analysis of Spanish Perspectives on Donald Trump upon Examination of the Media’s Rhetoric and Cultural Representations in Cádiz, Spain

Following the recent election of former business tycoon turn President of the United States, Donald Trump, political tensions in the United States are at an all time high. The recent United States presidential election has seen an increase in political polarization between Trump supporters and Trump opposers. However, this political divisiveness over Donald Trump is not limited to within United States borders. The win of President Trump has sparked an international debate over what it means to be fit for office. This Summer in Cádiz, Spain, I will examine and analyze cultural and political representations of Donald Trump to gain a larger understanding of Spanish perceptions of President Trump. To do this, I will examine Spanish articles, televised news sources, newspapers, graffiti, song, poetry etc., mentioning Donald Trump, taking into account any potential bias and the political leaning of the creator. It is my opinion that the recent Spanish Civil War and accompanying Franquist dictatorship will cause even the more conservative leaning Spanish citizens to have a less than favorable opinion on President Trump. Throughout my research this summer, I will attempt to prove this theory with my research.

Cultural Pride in Local Cuisine

I’ve completed my project, and I want to share some of the results.  The most important component of my project was the interview with José Manuel Córdoba, the dueño and head chef of the restaurant “El Ventorrillo el Chato,” a highly popular and famous restaurant in Cádiz. He confirmed that the historical presence of many cultures on the Iberian Peninsula has had a major impact on the types of foods prepared today.  He said that the city of Cádiz does indeed have its own signature plates.  On the topic of the impact of modern globalization, Córdoba said that the new means of transport that arise from globalization has indeed changed the preparation of food completely. It is possible to deliver products much more rapidly, and also enables the use of products from different countries.  He affirmed that food is of great importance in the culture of Cadiz. He observed that when gaditanos have some money to spend, they spend it on food to eat with their friends and family, because food is central to social and culture.

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Balancing the Magic of España with the Realities of Life

Despite the fact that this is my first blog, I have actually been working on this project bit-by-bit for the past month.  My study abroad has been amazing, but so incredibly busy! Not only do we have full-time classes (and exams this week!), but also planned program activities to explore Cádiz and weekend excursions to other cities in Andalucía.  So, my first difficulty has been finding the time to do everything that I want and need to do!

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