When I first talked to International Relations Professor Mario Esteban back in March about shooting this video, he already knew what he wanted to do, and that was to dive with sharks. I wasn’t surprised because he is one of the most determined people I’ve ever met. However, sharks are sharks, right?!!! Hence, a few months passed until we finally got to the Valencia Oceanographic Aquarium. I hope you enjoy the result.

Prof. Esteban says that a lack of knowledge about other nations, other cultures, or sharks in this particular case, can often produce negative stereotypes and a fear of the unknown. That’s why he always tries to look at things in depth, to get a proper idea of what they are really about.

I’m speaking from personal experience, seeing as I had the pleasure of having him as professor when I took a degree in Asian Studies. I’ve also wandered around the back streets (Hutongs) of Beijing with him, looking for cheap films, and other weird and wonderful stuff. He is knowledgeable, reliable, and most of all, really good fun!!!

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