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Bits and Pieces of Art Education Systems in Russia and Finland. »

Art education is both a fun and a very frustrating topic. First, because there is such a huge amount of stories I could tell; second, because there is no simple or cohesive way for me to relate my experience.Like my life in general, my art education has been a patchwork of experiences and encounters. As […]

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 […]

The Willamette World News is Back! »

================================================================================== Ladies and gentlemen, the time you’ve been breathlessly awaiting has come! The Language Learning Center is proud to present…. (drumroll please) The 10th anniversary publications of the Willamette World News!!! The WWN is a blog written by Willamette international students, eager to share their stories from home and the differences they’ve been experiencing since […]

Welcome back to Willamette and Nice to see you! »

Hi everyone, I’m Rie and from Ibaraki of Japan. I’m the Japanese Language assistant from last year. So it’s my second year working at Willamette. I’m glad to be working in Willamette for two years. I have tutoring hours twice in a week. It is from 4-6pm every Monday and Thursday.If you have any questions […]

Friendship »

友谊・友情・Freundschaft・Amistad・Amitié・Friendship Dear Readers, This issue our contributors are addressing the topic of friendship.  Each culture has a different method of defining relationships, and sometimes those relationships are passed down through generations.  Come learn a bit more about what friendship means to our contributors, and expand your world view! Sincerely, WWN Editors Jaime, Lars, and Mary

¡Música, Maestro! »

“Without music, life would be a mistake” -Friedrich Nietzsche When one thinks about different cultures of the world, music is one of the first things that comes to mind as a central component of life. Music tells a lot about the soul of a people. In this week’s issue, it is our pleasure to introduce […]

Welcome back! »

We hope you all had a restful vacation! Now we’re back in full swing, and we are pleased to bring you an international education! Seriously, though, this edition is all about the “la maternelle” infant schools in France; the differences between the Hauptschule, Realschule, and Gymnasium educations; and the chain of educational development in Argentina. […]

I hear bells a-ringing… wedding bells that is! »

In honor of the upcoming holiday festivities we have decided to bring you an issue on… weddings? That’s right weddings! Learn about the running groom in China, the role of coca leaves in Bolivian Quechua weddings, what “Despedida de Soltero/a” means in Argentina, what Shinto ceremonies consist of in Japan, and more! Enjoy! WWN Editors […]

WWN, Dear Readers! »

Hello again, It seems to be time for a new issue! This time, we’re discussing the idea of “remembrance.” Whether for the living or dead, the idea of honoring and remembering family and friends is a key aspect of many cultures. Take a moment to learn about how each of our contributors view remembrance, and […]

Fellow WWN readers… »

This is a monumental moment in our blog’s history. It is a time that will determine the course of future blog posts to come and…wait, it’s just an issue about politics? With the election only a few weeks away, many of us are focused on the U.S. presidential race, so for this issue, we’ve asked […]

Bolivia Politics »

Bolivia is one of the richest countries in natural resources and cultural diversity in the world; between its ecological segments or stages there are a variety of flora, fauna, minerals, oil, natural gas, gold, lithium, precious stones, etc, but unfortunately Bolivia is the poorest countries in the Americas in human resources.

Willamette World News is Back! »

Hello dear readers! 2012 marks the ninth year of the Willamette World News (WWN) blog, a bi-weekly online publication that offers international perspectives on topics relevant throughout the world.  Each issue addresses a specific theme, ranging from Valentine traditions to how the Green Movement is playing out in different countries.  You can check out an […]

Bittersweet Goodbyes »

As the year is coming to a close, we have asked our contributors to share their final thoughts with us. Read about their reflections on their year here at Willamette- cultural surprises, best memories and thank you’s. The WWN staff and the Willamette campus have greatly appreciated all of the wonderful insights and stories that […]

International Fashion »

As you head into Spring Break some of you may have travel plans – wherein you may notice different fashions trends. Before you leave, take a look at this latest issue of the Willamette World News- read about trends in Germany, the season-less style in Colombia, fashion in China and more! Happy Spring Break! WWN […]

Kleider machen Leute?! »

In German we have the proverb “Kleider machen Leute” (“Clothes make the man”). Of course this statement can be argued, but definitely the clothes and the personal fashion style a person has, is a statement about him or herself. Just as everywhere else, in Germany factors like age, job and personal taste also determine the […]

We’ll be there »

Fashion, I think, is a BIG word for me, or for the whole world. Everything would be fashionable, not just people, beautiful clothes, impressive make-up, in China maybe the old people like my parents starting to learn how to use computers is also a kind of fashion. But actually some of the people get lost on the […]

The ‘In&Outs’ of fashion in Spain »

Fashion, I consider, is a very personal thing. Trendsetters and big name designers create the fashions we are supposed to live by but, sometimes, living up to the dictates of fashion can be a hard—sometimes even dangerous—thing. We cannot forget that the world is large enough that variety and diversity in fashion is something almost […]

Egyptian Fashion and Modesty »

Salaam Willamette! What I love about Egyptian fashion is the ability to dress beautifully and modestly at the same time. Many women wear hijab (a veil to cover their hair and neck), but are not restricted to the black attire often depicted by the media. In Upper Egypt, villagers wear colorful galabeyyas, which are long […]

Flavors from around the world! »

“You are what you eat” says the age-old saying. In this issue of the Willamette World News we bring the meaning of this saying closer to home with dishes from around the world! Entrées from Germany, Colombia, and China, accompanied with Japanese UME treats, sweets from Spain, and dessert à la France! Alongside these dishes we are introducing […]

漫谈鲁菜–Something about “Lu Cai” »

Since I’ve talked about Chinese food for many times, this time, I would like to show you some typical Chinese food from my home town Shandong, and the food there called “Lu Cai” (Shandong Cuisine).

Winter Break, here and abroad »

Welcome back! We hope you all had a fun and maybe different winter break. Our contributors from the international community certainly had a different experience than usual! We invite you to read about their experience in the States,  learn about traditions back home and the comparisons between the two! Happy 2012! WWN Editors -Nina and […]

My Christmas in the US »

I’ve decided to have a picture-based story of my winter in America – sometimes, it captures the magic of a moment more clearly than words. So here are random images of Salem and Washington DC last month (December 11th-20th), followed by a few words about my stay in Boston (December 20th-21st) and Philadelphia (December 22nd-January […]

The first winter away from China »

Hi, all!!! How was your break? I just want to say that mine was Great~!!! After this trip, I fell in love with another city–San Francisco!!! Here I’m gonna show you some of my pictures of California, if you want me to say something about this trip, it need a lot of words…..

4 productive weeks »

December 14, noon, I’m done with my last final, and starting a 4-week long break. A month! That’s long, I thought, when I saw the academic calendar at the beginning of the semester. In my home country, France, most universities, as well as lower education schools, have a 2-week-long Christmas break. It is long enough to include both Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but short enough so that your work rhythm isn’t broken by a month of nothingness (in terms of studying). In some institutions, such as Blaise Pascal University, where I spent my first year of college, they spoil everything by putting the finals after the break. So you spend your pseudo-vacations studying. In others, they are considerate enough to have the finals before.

Christmas in Spain »

Christmas has never been something really big in my family.