We changed our name from Foreign Observer to Global Observer. Here’s why
Welcome to the newly renamed Global Observer. Our name was originally Foreign Observer. Yet less than a month after launching, the name of our internationally-themed, student-run publication ran into pushback.
over the past few decades, the word “foreign” has gained a negative connotation, especially in an era of globalization and large-scale immigration. Some view “foreign” as meaning outsider — a view that is also echoed in other languages.
For example, in Japanese, a word used to refer to foreigners is 外人 (gaijin — outside person). And this can be considered offensive. A more neutral term is 外国人 (gaikokujin – person from another country). Many people still use “gaijin,” but broadcasters and newspapers lean towards using “gaikokuji.”
At Northeastern, the word “foreign” resonates strongly because about one-third of the student body is international.
Despite the name change, the goal of Global Observer remains the same: To cover issues that matter to the international student community but are often overlooked by other publications — whether it’s obtaining a visa or battling loneliness thousands of miles from home. We will continue to provide high-quality coverage of these stories.
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About Global Observer
Global Observer is run by Journalism students from Northeastern University’s School of Journalism. We write about issues that matter to the international student community in the U.S. but often overlooked in other publications. These range from obtaining a working visa after graduation to fitting into the new environment without losing one’s identity. The School of Journalism does not endorse any of the views expressed. This is an independent publication and not an official Northeastern source for federal regulatory information about student visas. Please note that policies may have changed since the date of publication. All inquiries about visas, status, compliance should be directed to the Office of Global Services or the equivalent office at your institution.Learn more