This guest post by my sister, Teryl Yogeeswaran, offers an interesting case study in cosmopolitan perspective.
I am a polyglot language teacher, and a total sci-fi nerd, so I was really looking forward to the film Arrival. I’m also an ex-pat, and aware of the subtle differences between my view of America, and the view I might have had if I had remained with most of my friends and family within it’s borders. I am absolutely fascinated by the different nuances between the American and the International trailers for this film. At least on Youtube one trailer is labeled “official” and one is labeled “International”. The clips they chose to include, and the order they chose to present them in, say loads about Hollywood’s sense of America as seen from within and from without.