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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 [...]

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 about [...]

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!
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 you to [...]

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!
WWN Editors
Matt, Jaime, Lars, Mary

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 let us know [...]

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 our [...]

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 article [...]

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 our [...]

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 Editors,
Nina, Mirella [...]