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1.72 percent ─ percentage of men taking paternity leaves in Japan »

In June 2010, the revised Child Care and Family Care Leave Law went into effect. One of the aims of this law is to make it easier for parents, especially fathers, to take maternity and child care leave. So, how many fathers are actually taking paternity leave in Japan? According to a survey conducted by [...]

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 the preconceived [...]

初めてでいっぱいの毎日;My life in the US is full of many new things everyday. »

Hi all,
I cannot believe that this is the last article I will write. Before I came to the US, I had a stereotypical image of the US. For example people living in the US eat hamburgers everyday, everyone is proud of their country and nationality, and they don’t care about other people at all. I know this sounds like a negative point of view,  but the point is that I didn’t know much [...]

Tschüß Willamette und danke für alles! »

Dear Willamette Community,
I cannot believe it, but my year at Willamette has come to an end. It has been a great experience and I have met many amazing people during my stay on the lovely West Coast of the United States. For me this wasn’t the first time that I have spent a longer period [...]

Thank you and Goodbye! »

My experience in the United States is divided in two periods of my life: the first one as a child; the second one as an adult.
Spending two years of my life in a small town in Kentucky, learning English and learning to adapt to a whole different place was no easy task. I learned that [...]

Adios Willamette! »

While I was in Bolivia, I “knew” the United States through the movies and the news. I had an image of a very violent place where anybody can have a gun, a place with many drug users and drug dealers, and place with a high level of promiscuity of its youth; consequently, it was not [...]

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 [...]

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 sexual practices differ [...]

Gender or Sex? »

Hi all,
Hope you are looking forward to reading my article.
This topic is kind of hard for me to talk about in public. But maybe we need to talk about it sometime and think about it seriously even in public. I will tell you “How socially acceptable is sex?” and “How does it affect my country’s [...]

Teenage Pregnancy in Japan »

Teenage pregnancy rate in Japan is 4%! Surprisingly, Japan has the lowest teenage pregnancy rate in the world according to unicef. Before I looked it up, I thought it must be higher that it is because I think sex education in Japan is not enough.The only time when I got sex education was at schools which are [...]

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. [...]

Piropos »

Ten years ago while I was still living in Bolivia, my friends and me we used to meet every Saturday at the main plaza of Cochabamba city. The main plaza is located at the heart of the city. Around the plaza there are many shops, restaurants with beer gardens, ice cream stores, pizza places, music [...]

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 are [...]