Aliens with Visas is a podcast about studying/living abroad, and all that comes with it. Career pains, financial strains, and cultural assimilation are some of the topics discussed on the show. What are the seeds of motivation, driving this quest for success and what is the internal journey of a student immigrant through it all?
EPISODE NINE: TRUE AMERICAN
Welcome to the final piece of the puzzle! To understand what it truly means to be American, we listen to the views of Rashan as he talks about America's obsession with image, how it impacts the mind right from high school and how a lot of what comes out of America is truth mixed in a lie. This episode is as real as it gets when it comes to exploring one's own insecurities and biases with their identity and how to come out feeling empowered by something that often feels like a burden.
EPISODE EIGHT: DESI TALK
South Asians collectively are referred to as brown people but being brown is a different experience within the community. Episode 8 is about understanding that difference by taking a look at the Indian American experience. Vivaswan talks about growing up desi in the 90s and how identity impacts his life & career. Being Indian in America strays away from being a model minority today. He believes it comes with a stronger sense of responsibility and understanding on what it means to be a person of colour.
EPISODE SEVEN: IS IT WORKIN' OUT?
Identity can be defined as "qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and/or expressions that make a person (self-identity) or social group. Season Two of Aliens with Visas is an investigation of this very self identity, through the perspectives of American people and those well on their way to citizenship. In this episode, Ravi takes us through experiences in work, relationships and daily interactions that have shaped his identity as an Indian expat in America.
Shout out to the many forces that helped this idea come to life.
EPISODE SIX: GRADUATE FEELS
If not the legal route, the international student chooses to head back home. The internal process with re-assimilation tends to clash often with the past and this is the focus of episode six, where Anushya Badrinath reflects aloud on her experiences as a photography student in New York.
EPISODE FIVE: THE A TEAM
What do you have to keep in mind when looking for an immigration attorney is the focus of this episode. Liz & Lorraine of D'Alessio Law Group also lay down priorities to keep in mind during OPT, creative solutions for entry & mid level individuals, and talk about bottlenecks to expect in Hollywood.