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The Meaning of Equality »

Greetings, Thanks for checking out our second issue of the semester! This issue’s prompt was contributed to us by Professor Allison Hobgood from the Willamette University English department and Women’s and Gender Studies Program: From world news media to Willamette’s own campus, we hear all kinds of talk about “equality,” “equal rights and opportunities,” and even “treating everyone […]

Equality vs. Equity »

By Guadalupe Torres Equality and equity are two concepts that are commonly heard of in the United States. In many occasions these can be topics that are difficult and/or uncomfortable to discuss for some people, but nevertheless they are important to speak about. I grew up learning that equality meant treating everyone the same – […]

Pop Culture Around the World »

Greetings, We are happy to introduce our first issue of the spring semester! For this issue, we recognized the influence that pop culture has and how unique it can be from country to country. We gave our contributors an opportunity to dive deep into their respected country’s current pop culture topic of their choices whether that be […]

Mexican culture in the United States: Cinco de Mayo and Día de los muertos »

By Guadalupe Torres As a Chicana, I have grown up in a Mexican culture environment, ranging from but not limited to parties, food, events, and music. I have also seen how the Mexican culture has been influencing the US culture from language, food, music, literature, amongst others. And it is not only the Mexican culture […]

Transcending Cultures: the trifles of internationals at Willamette »

Greetings, The topic for the next issue was given to us by one of Willamette’s anthropology professors, Professor Vandehey and gives us insight into the experiences of international at Willamette. As international students, you have undoubtedly encountered and experienced many situations on campus that seem shocking, inexplicable, odd, or even funny. Take a moment to reflect […]

Living in Two Cultures »

By Guadalupe Torres As a Chicana I practice the Mexican culture but I have also been exposed to the United States’ culture and have encountered several differences that have been a shock to me. These differences have been difficult to grasp because it can be said that I am living in two different worlds.

International Stories Untold in the American Media »

Greetings, Thank you for checking out our first issue of the semester! We realize that many very important and relevant issues around the world are being misrepresented or simply not publicized in the American news. In this issue, we gave our contributors an opportunity to find a news article from their nation that highlights one […]

Myth of the American Dream »

By Guadalupe Torres My name is Guadalupe Torres, I was born in California and I also recently graduated from Willamette University with two majors: Spanish and Latin American Studies. Even though I was born in the United States I am proud to say that my first language is Spanish and my cultural background is Mexican.

Fears and Phobias »

Greetings, In this issue, our contributors write about their fears and phobias. Have a good read! Lara, Hailee, and Jordan The WWN Editorial Team /!\Please note: the statement made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

Education Systems »

Greetings, In this issue, our contributors write about differences in the education systems in their nations. Have a good read! Lara, Hailee, and Jordan The WWN Editorial Team /!\Please note: the statement made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

Public Opinion of the Government »

Greetings, In this issue, our contributors write about the public opinion of the government and competing government parties in their nations. Have a good read! Lara, Hailee, and Jordan The WWN Editorial Team /!\Please note: the statement made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective […]

Seasons and Weather »

Greetings, In this issue, our contributors write about how the weather and seasons affect life in their nations. Have a good read! Lara, Hailee, and Jordan The WWN Editorial Team /!\Please note: the statement made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

Introducing Meghan Cusick in DC »

My name is Meghan Cusick. I’m a junior Willamette student double majoring in Politics and Communications. And I am not on a typical abroad program. I have traveled time zones and flyover states in order to study in one of the most elusive, confusing, troubling, and distant places from the American people: Washington, DC.

Law Enforcement In DC – An American Perspective »

The first time I went out in DC with some of the people in my seminar class, I heard one of those stories that you hope couldn’t be real. You hope the media invents these stories to stir up trouble. You hope there was another side. We’ve seen, in far more severe cases than the […]

Hallo from the Netherlands! »

Hallo! My name is Kristin and I am currently studying at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Nijmegen is a small city of 160,000 located on the eastern side of the country, close to Germany.

A thing or two about those oh-so-wonderful culture shocks »

When I was eighteen I moved from Finland to the UK. I was about to start my studies in Liverpool and I was so unbelievably excited and happy and excited, which left no room for the fear of the unknown. I arrived in Liverpool one September day and got instantly hit by a sweet and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, imports, exports, […]

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 […]

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; […]