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“Wie, du hast noch kein Hauptfach…???” »

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By Anne Schwobe

Before coming to Willamette, I was really excited to go back to the States since I had already lived abroad for a year and a half. Therefore, I thought I would be sort of prepared for most cultural differences. I was excited to come back, enjoy free refills, yummy brownies, and meet lots of welcoming people. Thank you Willamette for exceeding my expectations. :) Read the rest

Cross-Cultural Experience »

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By Shotaro Kumano

1. Opening the door for the next person:
People on this campus always pause to open the door for next person. In Japan, sometimes people do this, but not so kindly. I think one of the reasons for this is because Japan has automatic doors everywhere. So, we don’t get the chance to open the door in general. Since experiencing this custom, I now open the door considerately even in Japan. Read the rest

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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 such issue and give us their perspective on the issue. We encourage all readers to comment on the articles with any feedback they may have, whether it be in the form of opinions or questions to the author. Hopefully this will help us make this a more interactive experience and keep us more educated on the happenings in the world around us!

This year we are also transitioning the WWN into a multimedia publication with video introductions to the articles and our first-ever paper companion issue coming to Willamette’s campus soon!

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Have a good read!

Lara, Rachel, and Brie

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./!\

Myth of the American Dream »

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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. Read the rest

Diana »

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By Lucía Baigorrí Haüen

Ten years ago, terms such as “femicide” and “gender violence” were not part of Argentine mainstream media and were definitely not featured in everyday discourse. Now, in a time when reality is pervasively mediated by virtual experiences on social media, channels for denouncement, protest, and discussion are open to practically everyone. On the one hand, this allows for the advancement of people’s education on issues such as identity, gender equality, and the many facets of violence. Read the rest

Morocco: The First Constitutional Monarchy of the Arab World »

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By Sofia El Otmani

After crossing half of the world to be in Willamette University, I have discovered that being the only Moroccan here is a unique and very interesting experience. Not only do I get to see the surprise and amazement of people when I describe how it is to be from Morocco, but I also get to share the image of my country through my own eyes’ perception.

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The Despair of the 43 Students from a Mexican Point of View »

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By Kassandra Saltos

As the article, “One year ago, 43 Mexican students were killed. Still, there are no answers for their families,” points out, it has already been a year since 43 innocent students disappeared and neither the parents nor the entire concerned society has received any certain news about what happened to them. It has been kept as a very badly covered secret and rumor has it (but we most certainly know), that they were kidnapped and probably tortured, murdered, and/or disappeared by the government.

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The Calais “Jungle” Needs Help! »

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By Emmanuelle Schopp

I am Emmanuelle and I’m the French language assistant at Willamette this year. For my first contribution to the WWN, I would like to tell you a bit more about my country, France, and what is currently happening there. I have thus decided to talk about the refugees’ terrible living conditions in the Calais “Jungle,” in France, as well as the way the French government and several humanitarian organizations (NGOs) are dealing with it. Read the rest

Können wir das schaffen?? Jo, wir schaffen das! »

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By Anne Schwobe

Dear WWN readers,

My name is Anne Schwobe and I am working as the German Language Assistant at Willamette this year. I am happy to share some important news from my home country with you and I hope you enjoy reading it. For the first entry I chose a very current and important topic, the “refugee/migrant crisis.” Read the rest

The Wild and Wonderful World of Japanese Vending Machines »

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By Shotaro Kumano

In Japan, trend and culture have been changing quickly. Convenience machines, or vending machines have also been evolving. There are vending machines everywhere in Japan. As you can see in the article, “The Wild and Wonderful World of Japanese Vending Machines,” vending machines are essential for people in Japan, and not just to buy a drink but also for people to be safe and stay happy. Their existence is very important and should be spread to the world! Read the rest

SPRING 2015 »

Fears and Phobias »

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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./!\

Are You Afraid of the Dar… of the Ballot Box ? »

One of my passions in life–after eating cereals all day long on Sundays–is watching trailers. They are, I think, the best part of the movies themselves. In no time, they have to convince you to jump off your sofa and run to the movie theater. I believe that the more plausible the feelings delivered, the more likely you are to watch the complete version. Read the rest

Education Systems »

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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./!\

The German Education System and the “Children’s Garden” »

What is there to know about the education system in Germany? A lot and it’s also quite complicated.
The public school system in Germany is more extensive than in other countries and there are many fewer private and parochial schools. Some alternative educational models, such as Waldorf and Montessori, are also integrated and a valid choice for parents. Read the rest

The Educational System in Argentina: Differences, Similarities and the Challenges Ahead »

The educational system in my home country is at times very different from the American system but there are still some similarities… In order to give you a general picture, I will include the briefing I found in the EducationUSA website which may be of great help. Read the rest

Public Opinion of the Government »

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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 contributors./!\

What is the public opinion of the government/competing governmental parties? »

Written by Liberty Siegle.

Note: I am studying abroad in Irkutsk, a Siberian city close to Mongolia. I am over 3,000 miles from Moscow, so bear in mind that my experience here varies dramatically from what a student in western Russia experiences.

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Phony Abbott? »

 

Preface: I’m cautious of tackling the issue of “public opinion of Australian government.” For one, I’m not the greatest fan of our current Prime Minister Tony Abbott, nor am I aware of his latest moves of debauchery since I have been abroad. It’s also hard to generalise all of the public opinions towards our PM and his Liberal Party, but I will try to condense the general attitude of my demographic in this article. Read the rest

Seasons and Weather »

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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./!\

„An ambigious relationship- the Germans and their weather“ »

If you’re out on the street anywhere in Germany, you’ll often overhear conversations like: „Heute schon wieder. Grau in grau. Nimmt das denn kein Ende?“ (Again today. Grey in grey. Does that never end?). If you’re still not sure what is meant by that, I’ll give it away. Yes- they are talking about the weather and complaining. Read the rest

How do the seasons affect your life? »

Sometimes, we get so used to our environment that we even forget how we interact with the surroundings and are influenced by them. Seasons are clearly one of the things I tend to overlook even though they affect almost every aspect of my life! Since I was young, I experienced a wide range of weather because Korea has very distinct four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Read the rest

How the Seasons affect our Lives, or: A Declaration of Love to Summer (aka the best season ever!) »

IMG_20150319_160742638_HDR (1)Long, muggy evenings spent sitting outside and enjoying a drink, without the need for lights. Hot days at the lake/beach, without the need for a towel when you come out of the water. Taking walks or bike rides through nature until sundown, without the need for many layers of clothes. Being able to step outside the house, without the need to think about grabbing a jacket, and the sun shining into your face as soon as you step out. Pure, balking heat surrounding you in the streets. Read the rest

Nothing New Under the Sun? »

Hello, there!

Let me introduce you to the most used conversation topic in the whole world: the weather! It doesn’t matter if you are stuck in a broken elevator with a complete stranger or if you are just trying to flirt – or both at the same time, weather is the key. Talking about the weather will always save you and you know it.
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