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SPRING 2015 »

New International Students and Culture Shock »

Greetings, Our second Willamette World News issue of the semester is out!  Our new international students have written an introductory article in which they talk about themselves and their initial culture shock they experienced when they arrived. Have a good read! Lara, Hailee, and Jordan The WWN Editorial Team /!\Please note: the statement made in these articles do […]

Law Enforcement »

Greetings, Our first Willamette World News issue of the semester is out! In light of the current controversy and movements against police brutality, we have invited our returning international students to write about the law enforcement in their nations, specifically how they are viewed by society and their interactions with civilians. Have a good read! Lara, Hailee, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

¡Vamos a bailar! »

Although it is a common stereotype to assume that all Latin Americans dance, it is true that music and dance play a significant role in Latin American culture. Starting with Salsa, probably one of the best known Latin American dances around the world, there is a significant variety such as Tango, Cumbia,Vallenato, Merengue, Mambo, Danzón, […]

Entrez dans la danse! »

If I am asked about dance in France, I feel like I have to talk about it on a regional scale. France is a small country, but it is composed of regions that vary a lot from one to another. Each has its own culture, dishes, traditional clothes, architecture, but also its very own dances, […]

Dancing My Way Across the Globe »

Namaste! Rosinka reporting from the other side of the globe (India)! No seriously, the time difference is 13,5 hours so it’s literally the other side. Anyways. Life here is hectic and finding time for extra writing is quite challenging, but I’m glad I was offered this chance to continue sharing some of my experiences with […]

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!

Dance In Japan! »

Hi all, How have you been? I hope you all are doing well.What do you have an image of dance we who are Japanese dance? We have any type of dances like Bon dance, fisherman’s dance, and traditional . Today I would like to tell you about Japanese traditional dance and how young generations dance.

Carnival Dancing »

For me, dancing has been in my life ever since I can remember. When I was five I started dancing in a German Carnival Club. Starting on November 11th every year, people in some areas of Germany celebrate Carnival. In German we call it Karneval, Fastnacht, or Fasching, and it celebrates the time before lent. […]

¡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 […]

Bolivian Dances »

There are a great variety of Bolivian dance and music. They vary greatly from one region to another. In general Bolivian music is created not just for playing, but mostly for dancing. The following are examples of some of the most popular dances of this country (based on their authenticity and originality), most of them […]

Immigration and Emigration – A Global Trend »

Willamette community! 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 […]