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No, I’m Not Married »

So you’re going to the philharmonic with your host mom for the first time, and you’re making small talk along the way. She asks you if you’re dating anyone, and you say her, you have a boyfriend. She then jumps to the conclusion that “boyfriend” means “husband” and asks “so how long have you been […]

Old New Year and Other Russian Holidays »

Hello wonderful Willametonians! When it comes to holidays not typically celebrated in the United States, Russia has a whole calendar of them. Literally. Russia follows the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar\Julian calendar as well as the Gregorian calendar (which is the calendar Westerners use). An example of this would be how Russia celebrates New Year’s Day […]

The Floor is Hot Lava »

Привет/Privet dear readers! I must say, I had no idea that the floor is hot lava in Russia (remember those primary school days), and that the rugs go on the wall. Yet, this is one of the many lessons I have stowed away in my mental archives since embarking on a study abroad to Russia. […]

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, au revoir, hasta luego! »

Dear faithful readers, It is that time of year once again: the school year is coming to a end, and many of our wonderful contributors must fly home to their respective countries. For our last issue of the year, please enjoy this touching collection of farewell articles, wherein our authors speak about American stereotypes and […]

Take a Bite for Your Break! »

Culture is served! Indulge in a bite! Take a seat at our table and sample some multicultural cuisine. Our amazing chefs have prepared for you recipes from all around the world in their articles discussing some of their favorite dishes. Globally, food is a reason to gather, a reason to connect, and a reason to overcome cultural […]

Yummy! »

As a staunch believer of the saying “I live to eat” rather than the survival concept “I eat to live”, I am grateful to be born in Singapore. Singapore is commonly known as the ‘food paradise’ in the Southeast Asian. The diverse selection of Singapore foods is the reflection of the country’s unique multi-racial tradition. […]

Food in Switzerland: 9 out of 10 people like chocolate, the tenth is lying »

About cheese… When you think of Switzerland, you might think of expensive watches, greedy bankers, lush alpine pastures with grazing cows and… cheese! Indeed, cheese plays such an important part in our culture in that we eat it throughout the day: for breakfast, Swiss like to eat freshly baked bread with butter and a hearty […]

Sex in Your Culture »

Dear Bearcats, We would like to welcome our new contributors Jason Wu from China and Haruka Takahashi from Japan! To introduce the WWN’s sexiest topic yet: Sex in your culture. This topic is extremely important and is being talked about worldwide. In addition, sex is controversial and a taboo in several cultures. Social constructs around […]

Sex in Russia »

Privet, friends! So, normally I try to bring a personal connection into my WWN articles, but I doubt that when you scrolled to this entry today, you were intent on hearing details of my sex life ;). Instead, let’s look into Russian views of sex and sexuality as they exist today.

Adolescent Pregnancy in Colombia: A Public Health Issue »

My house in Medellín is located right next to the hospital in which all the pregnant women who have access to the social health program – which is basically focused on providing health benefits to the people with less economic resources in the country – go in order to receive antenatal, childbirth and postnatal care. […]

I think I can say some about sex in China… »

What’s up y’all! I was looking forward to this topic for a while because it’s always funny to see how people react to sex. First thing I want to say is that sex is talked about nowadays in China, at least among young people. I never get it why people of the same age of […]

Global Grooves »

Welcome back dear Willamette community! We wanted to celebrate the start off this new semester and our tenth anniversary by showing you our best moves! Thus, we present to you a variety of wonderful stories about dance from all over the world! Dance is an expression of history and culture, and many people at Willamette […]

Dance Dance Baby! [We all love Seahawks:)] »

First of all, happy super bowl weekend! Hope you all had a good time, Seahawks fans! Here’s a set of videos illustrating my perspertive on music from my region of the world!

¡Colombia es un baile! »

Colombia is a very diverse country in which music is deeply embedded in the culture and the traditions. As a result of the diversification of rhythms, sounds, and influences, Colombian dances have considerable variations. From one region to another, and taking into account different aspects such as weather conditions, African heritage, proximity to the Pacific […]

Why Do People Leave Colombia? »

“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 […]

Immigration! — China »

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 […]

Immigration to and, More Commonly, from Russia »

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).

Art and Art History from Around the Globe »

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 Made in Austria »

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 […]

Art Promotion in Colombia through Non-Governmental Entities »

Art has always been presented as an essential element in the development and evolution of man. It is through art that any selfless vision is able to be expressed using resources that can be plastic, sound, or linguistic. It is well known that the study of fine arts from an early age helps man to […]

In the Palaces of Russia »

Having grown up in U.S, I’ve seen Russia only as a tourist.Every other year or so, my family has traveled to St. Petersburg, where most of our family lives. Frankly, it’s my favorite city in the world (but don’t tell the other cities that). The “Venice of the North,” as it is sometimes called, holds […]

Art in China, the Country of China! »

Hello, dear friends! This is Lyu, and I hope you all are having a great time out there!I’m really excited to see what art is like in everyone’s home country! As you know, the name of my country, China, is the same as the name of “china”. Decorated china used to be the symbol of […]

Hello from China! »

Welcome To My Hood(Remix) Greetings folks! It is my great pleasure to write for the Willamette World News and work with our outstanding editors. My name is Lyu Boyuan and I’m a freshman here at Willamette. I was born and raised in Beijing. College has been so busy as far as I can tell. I […]