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Modern Family »

Hello Willamette,
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays, we thought it would be appropriate to center the last issue of the semester around the new family unit. We asked the contributors to not only write about their families, but to also consider gender roles in the typical family structure, how the importance of [...]

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 [...]

La familia mexicana »

As in most societies, much depends on the family’s socioeconomic status to categorize a family’s life. It will need to be mentioned that daily life has historically been dictated by the father. This is a patriarchal society we speak about.

Celebrations in your Nation »

Hello Willamette,
After having just celebrated Halloween, we decided it would be appropriate to ask our contributors how they celebrate in their own countries. We asked them to include which holidays they celebrate—both those familiar and unfamiliar to Americans, what celebratory clothes or food they may enjoy, and what the alcohol/nightlife culture is like for them [...]

Sustainability and Job Markets »

Hello Willamette!
For this issue, we decided to draw inspiration from Willamette’s sustainability agenda here on campus and asked our contributors to tell us about their country’s environmental efforts as they relate to the economy and the job sector. Prioritization of renewable energy, origins of popular global brands, fluctuations in different job markets, [...]

Las economías de México y Los Estados Unidos »

As a dual citizen of both countries, my perspective is unique. Agriculture provided jobs for my parents to immigrate to the United States. The bracero program of the early 1940’s permitted one of the entry ways for men to work in this nation. The word stems from the word brazo, which means arm. Mexican men [...]

Culture Shock: Welcome to a new semester! »

Hello Willamette Community,

Welcome to a new semester of Willamette World News articles from both new and old international contributors. This issue is our largest ever with 22 articles total! We’ve also made a new addition to the WWN tradition as we’ve invited Willamette students currently studying abroad to contribute their unique perspectives as American students [...]

Greetings From Across the Pond! »

Hi Willamette community! My name is Rita. You may know me already, or have seen me around campus as I studied at Willamette and graduated in May 2014 with a degree in Spanish and in Latin American Studies. I also worked as Spanish/German Liaison for the Language Learning Center (aka the lovely folks who organize [...]

Greetings From The Town Of Blue Chocolate! »

Hello! My name is Rachel and I am ecstatic to be writing for the WWN this semester!
I come from the United States, more specifically I was born in California and moved to Oregon at 11. Now you Americans must be thinking now: “why is she writing for the WWN? She’s not from the world; [...]

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. It [...]

May you walk in beauty »

Saludos,
I was born in El Sauce, Michoacán, México. This is a small ranch five kilometers north of Cotija. The readers of this short piece may be aware that the country of Mexico is composed of 31 states and one federal entity, known as El Distrito Federal (Federal District) also known as la Ciudad de México. [...]

Things that help us dream! »

Hi everybody!
It is almost the end of the semester, and everybody is working really hard to get good grades, and finally be done with this amazing school year. For this reason we thought that it would be a good idea to bring a topic that refreshes our minds, when times are hard.
Music, books or movies [...]

Here’s to Sustainability! »

“Sustainability” is a hot word right now- especially at Willamette. Out of 1068 colleges and universities participating in a survey by the National Wildlife Federation, Willamette was recognized as the most dedicated to sustainability. So we thought we extend the question “What does sustainability look like to you?” to our international friends. In this issue, [...]

Valentine’s: Letter From the Editor »

Valentine’s Day in the U.S. is a very commercialized romantic holiday in which couples or friends often exchange, gifts, chocolates, flowers and cards. Generally it seems to be a recent phenomenon abroad, with the spread of all things American. In this issue, we learn about how this holiday is celebrated around the world, [...]