By jvenegas on Dec 2, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 Comments
The United States is a land made of immigrants, but is it the only one? The WWN, through the perspectives of our contributors, brings to you what immigration and emigration is like in other parts of the world. We hope that you find the rich material engaging and fulfilling as the capability to do so is very much there. A big thank your to Professor Julie Veltman of the Spanish Department for suggesting this issue’s topic.
We encourage you to use these few days of rest to peruse through our contributors’ articles and find out what goes on beyond the stars and stripes!
A happy Thanksgiving from your WWN editors,
Paul Romain, Jaime Venegas, Hailee Vandiver, and Giuliana Alfinito
By galfinit on Dec 2, 2013 in Russia | 0 Comments
What prompts citizens to leave their homeland forever and how does their life change because of it? I’d like to start my reflection at the first steps of the process – in the consulate, because as it happens, I was there this morning (don’t freak out though, I’m not moving).
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By rmaeda on Nov 26, 2013 in Japan | 0 Comments
Hi Everyone. Today’s topic is immigration. I think everyone is interested in this topic. What do you have the image of immigration to Japan? How many people do immigrate to Japan in a year? Where do people move into Japan from? Why did they come to settle in Japan? What are they doing for their life in Japan? These are what I am telling you today. Read the rest
By galfinit on Nov 26, 2013 in Colombia | 0 Comments
“Why are you leaving Colombia?” Someone asked me thisat the airport of Bogotá just before taking the plane to the United States. It took me a few moments to come up with an honest answer that would sufficiently express the reasons why I was leaving my beloved country. I replied to the question after some hesitation and followed up with an assurance that I will definitely be returning in a couple of months. Nevertheless, I thought about that simple but Read the rest
By blyu on Nov 26, 2013 in China | 0 Comments
Chinese immigrants (only mainland) take up almost 9% of the amount of legal immigrants in the U.S. ranking 2nd after Mexican immigrants, while only 0.1% of the population in China is immigrants. I don’t know if it’s hard to become a Chinese citizen or permanent resident, but Chinese government doesn’t allow double nationality. I guess many people are not okay with giving up their own identity. Read the rest
By promain on Nov 26, 2013 in Ecuador | 0 Comments
About twelve years ago, it was pretty common to hear that someone´s parents, siblings, cousins or children had moved to Spain. Yes, Ecuadorian families were moving like little ants to Europe-Italy and the United States. But Spain became the main target for Ecuadorian immigration, especially due to the fact that the official language is Spanish. The reasons for this massive exodus go from the particularly difficult economic crisis at the beginning of the 21th century, poverty, corruption and unemployment. Read the rest
By ebabashk on Nov 26, 2013 in Finland | 0 Comments
I have been, sort-of, an immigrant three times in my life. I say ‘sort-of’, because in all three experiences my use of the word can be argued against. The first time I was just a baby, therefore, apart from linguistic immersion and an array of multicultural nannies, I didn’t really experience the culture-clash. The other two could also be debated, since we moved to countries native to my parents. Here, however, lies the catch. Read the rest
By fhoegy on Nov 26, 2013 in France | 0 Comments
When I started my researches for this new topic on Youtube, I typed : “immigration en France” into the seach field. The three first links that appeared were “Muslim Immigration Destroying France”, “Immigration – Délinquance – Islamisation : La France en dangers !!” and “Immigrants in France : France’s suicide”. This sums up perfectly the hostility against Muslim immigrants in France, and how tough this topic is. Read the rest
By dcleary on Nov 26, 2013 in Australia | 0 Comments
Where I grew up in Perth, in Western Australia, the mix of ethnicities was such that it wasn’t until a much older age, perhaps in a history class, or perhaps reading something that I had stumbled upon, that I learned that it hadn’t always been like that. My country in fact, which nowadays prides itself on its multicultural nature (both in terms of cultural and linguistic diversity), had not always been that way. Read the rest
By acotton on Nov 22, 2013 in UK | Comments Off
The UK’s history of immigration will forever be tarnished by our collective memory of colonialism’s oppressive tendencies and its innumerable atrocities. Due to this less than flattering element of our no-so-distant history I am sure many still view the United Kingdom as a fairly unwelcoming and ultimately intolerant society. If this short article does nothing else than even begin to convince you otherwise I will be eminently satisfied. Read the rest
By dwuesche on Nov 22, 2013 in Germany | Comments Off
My article will talk about different points of view on immigrants in Germany and is again rather subjective based on what I have experienced, what my friends, teachers and fellow students have expressed to me and therefore cannot be generalized. In Germany there has been an ongoing discussion Read the rest
By galfinit on Nov 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off
Think about the role art plays in your life. Are you a musician, sculptor, actor or art historian? Have you ever strolled around the MOMA or danced in front of your mirror in your bedroom? Regardless as to how you are an art enthusiast, at some point in your life you probably were affected by art. This begs the question: how did you come to know art? Did you learn about it in a formal educational setting? Or did you mostly get instruction from your peers, or parents?
Perspectives on art, and how art is taught varies from place to place. Thus, we have decided to focus our next issue on Art History Professor Abigail Susik’s suggested prompt:
“”How prominent is the role that the disciplines of Art and Art History play in educational systems across the globe?”
We hope that you find our contributor’s responses as culturally enriching as we do.
Kind regards from your WWN editors,
Paul Romain, Jaime Venegas, and Giuliana Alfinito
By rmaeda on Nov 4, 2013 in Japan | Comments Off
Hi All! This topic is art.Art is not a part of my life. I have not learned Japanese art in school. So I just know a few of the Japanese arts. But I want to tell you that Japanese arts are interesting and beautiful. I am telling you about Japanese traditional art like Ukiyoe, Karesansui and Kado. I think some of you know or have heard to Katsushita Hokusai, who is the most famous Ukiyoe painter because he was selected by Life Magazine as one of the most
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By galfinit on Nov 4, 2013 in Austria | Comments Off
Gustav Klimt, a well-known symbolist painter, once said, “Art is a line around your thoughts.” Perhaps most of you are familiar with his most popular painting “The Kiss,” but did you also know that he was born in Austria?In this article,I would like to introduce you to some of my favorite Austrian artists and their work.I’m not very knowledgeable in the arts or art history because art has never been an important part of my education
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