The stakes of the 2020 U.S. presidential election are global, and so is the audience. Two days before the election, Baylor seniors Steven Yao '21 and Barry Yang '21, currently residing in China, produced a video regarding Chinese residents’ stances on this issue.
In Shenzhen and Hangzhou, two major cities in Southern China, Yao and Yang interviewed a variety of subjects, ranging from a pundit, a taxi driver, a former Baylor graduate, and, jokingly, a cat.
According to the video, most Chinese civilians “are not appeal[ed] by President Trump’s policies.” They do, however, believe that he is likely to serve a second term. On the other hand, many are also largely unfamiliar with president-elect Joe Biden and his policies due to the media’s lack of coverage, though the video indicates that the former vice president is considered a more “rational and diplomatic figure” across the country. At the end of the video, Yao and Yang urged Baylor students to “seek common grounds while reserving the differences.” In doing so, they shared their hope of creating a globalized and “better future hand-in-hand.”
To get more perspectives from other countries, Baylor sophomore Mavis Wang '23 interviewed Baylor international students from Japan, Bermuda, and Brazil to learn more about their viewpoints. All of the students tended to consider whether the results of the election will bring direct benefits to their home countries, instead of holding purely personal ideas towards either President Trump or President-Elect Biden, and some of them clearly showed discontent towards the exaggeration of the media in both their own countries and in the U.S. Although all the international students said that they paid less attention to the election compared to their American peers, they do think the results will directly affect their countries.
“In the past four years, Trump has done more things for Japan than the presidents of United Sates have in the past. My family and I hope he gets elected [over] Biden,” commented a Baylor ninth grader from Japan.The student also believes the media in modern day has made “the opinions of people both getting stronger or weaker,” adding, “there is a lot of biased media these days. From other countries’ point of view, depending on which media [outlet] they select, a lot seem[s] different from what [the true circumstance] is.”
Many other international students have a similar outlook that the U.S. election will play a big role in their country’s future, such as Melissa Oliveira '22, a Brazilian boarder. “Since the board is still closed, depending on who wins, we may decide to open it or not,” she said. “If either of them wins, it will effect positive and negative, but I don’t know how.” However, she does not think the media affects her judgment of the election. “I do not involve myself because there is nothing I can do about the politics in the country, and I am relatively a guest here,” added a senior from Bermuda.