Sam and Max are both half-European. Sam has a Finnish and Filipino background, while Max is Dutch and American. “One of the courses in our programme explored the construct of Europe, what it means and how it was actually established” says Sam, explaining how the song came about (Max is currently in the United States). “‘Europe’ could mean just about anything. The only way to clarify what it means is by talking about it. The flag is a good example: someone simply came up with the idea for the flag, but it only stood for something once people started using it and talking about it. That’s what our song is about. It’s meant to be a ‘conversation’ about what Europe means.”

(Text resumes under the video)

  • Europeanization (a song)

    Europeanization (a song)

  • Were your clothes made by children in unsafe factories?

    Were your clothes made by children in unsafe factories?

  • Cooking Class at the Sustainability Hub

    Cooking Class at the Sustainability Hub

  • Saving the bees one dance at a time

    Saving the bees one dance at a time

Sam doesn’t plan on voting, he says, even though he thinks he probably should. “I’ve only been living in Europe for three years, and before that I grew up in Laos. So it’s difficult for me to decide what’s best for a country. People who have lived here for a long time are in a better position to decide. I feel like I’m an outsider, so I’ll let my voice be heard only when it comes to international issues like climate change.”

Does Sam feel like a European? “That’s hard to say. I’m going on an exchange in Canada soon. Maybe while I’m there I’ll figure out what is European about me. I feel like I have a closer connection to a kind of international culture, if there is such a thing.”

Europeanization by Max & Sam,the lyrics.

What does it mean to be created discursively?
Discursively?
Yeah, what does that mean?
It means we talk about it.
Yeah, but we are talking about it.
No I mean, it’s more like…

See Europe’s one of those things,
with enough discussion it brings,
a mutual understanding of our own reality.
Like how fashion is always changing,
gender roles rearranging,
see now European countries have paternity leave.

Ok, so I get what you’re saying. So you are saying that since we are talking about Europe in the public sphere, we are constantly renegotiating the ways we understand society?
Yeah, pretty much.
Are you trying to say we talked the European Union into existence?
Well, not exactly, it’s more like…

The Commission commenced a mission to perpetuate a superstate.
In order to facilitate the European citizen.
Establishing a euro-zone, a flag, passport and a song.
To assure our synergy as European citizens.

I get it, I get it. So these symbols are being actively created by the commission in order to strengthen our shared cultural values as well as a European identity? (Shore, 2000)
Yeah.
Is Ashe European?
No.
Is Sara?
I won’t want to be.

From the outside it’s a fortress,
from the inside it’s a supermarket,
customers waiting to be served.
Not everyone is European at least not part of schengen.
But that doesn’t mean that we can’t be friends.

Do you get it now?
I think I get it now.
Ok, everybody now!

See Europe’s one of those things,
with enough discussion it brings,
a mutual understanding of our own reality.
Like how fashion is always changing,
gender roles rearranging,
see now European countries have paternity leave.

The Commission commenced a mission to perpetuate a superstate.
In order to facilitate the European citizen.
Establishing a euro-zone, a flag, passport and a song.
To assure our synergy as European citizens.

From the outside it’s a fortress,
from the inside it’s a supermarket,
customers waiting to be served.
Not everyone is European at least not part of schengen.
But that doesn’t mean that we can’t be friends.

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