America inhabits an increasingly hostile world. Polls show anti-Americanism reaching all-time highs. This project aims to put a human face on hostile numbers through snapshots of individual lives around the world that are affected by America economically, politically and culturally.
Each day I'll post short text entries and embed videos that take viewers from a madrassa in India to a pub on game day in Manchester. What does a young cleric in Britain think of the U.S.? How about a craftsmen in northern Pakistan? A pop musician's mother in Iran?
Readers are essential to the success of this project. I'll move around the world offering glimpses into the lives of interesting people with diverse perspectives on the U.S. I'll rely on you to guide fellow readers to in-depth material, flesh out complex debates, and pose questions to my interviewees. I'll provide a schedule of my formal upcoming interviews. I’ll bring some of the most interesting people I meet online to answer your questions live. And I'll happily follow your leads on where to go and whom to visit.
Through these travels, I hope to foster a community of global users who ask and answer questions of one another, not just about politics, but also about ways of life. The goal is to create conversations, to show the humanity of distant populations, and, perhaps, to promote diplomacy led by citizens and journalists together.
To start off, I'll be visiting the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and my parents' country of origin, India. Let’s see what we find out about how the world sees America.