Willamette World News

Willamette World News

Main Content RSS FeedRecent Articles

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 music, fashion, literature, movies, food and to compare that to American pop culture. Hopefully we can discover some overlap between countries and learn about some unique trends in other countries!

editors1

Have a good read!

Lara, Brie, and Kazu

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./!\

It’s All About That Kale… »

wwnAnne

By Anne Schwobe

I have to admit that this issue’s topic was a little harder than others. When I first read, “pop culture”, I did not really know what to write about, nothing really came to my mind right away. But after thinking about the term for some time and “making up” my own definition, I think I came up with something interesting for you to read. So for this article I associate the term “pop culture” with all kinds of trends, recent developments or changes in society, but mainly traditions that shape and maintain a culture. Read the rest

Chic Cumbia »

wwnLucia

By Lucía Baigorrí Haüen

It’s been interesting to search my cultural hard drive for a current token of Argentine pop culture that falls outside the mate-soccer-tango holy trinity. Having spent almost 6 months out of my country, I started feeling slightly unfit for the task. Naturally, I turned to the Internet for help. Going over my Facebook newsfeed, I found people sharing the same video over the span of a couple of days. The subject matter? Two women in their 20s covering cumbia villera songs. “Eureka!” I thought. Let the typing begin. Read the rest

Fashion Culture of Japan »

wwnShotaro

By Shotaro Kumano

Fashion is very important for Japan because it is one of the best ways for Japanese people to express themselves. Fashion trends change in an instant every year and Japanese people are very attuned to it. College students, especially, focus on fashion. Read the rest

Morocco »

ALIA

By Alia Razid

First things first, presentation time! Well, briefly, my name is Alia and I am a Moroccan exchange student from Al Akhawayn University. This is my first time in the U.S and I can say that the culture shock I was expecting didn’t really happen, or at least not as strongly as I expected it to be. If you are wondering why, read on! Read the rest

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

wwnGuadalupe

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 that is influencing the US culture but multiple Latin American cultures as well. It is important to state this because it is incorrect to say that all Latinas/os have the same culture, which is commonly misunderstood in the United States. Read the rest

Fête de la Musique »

wwnEmmanuelle

By Emmanuelle Schopp

Bonjour à tous,

For this issue of the WWN, the topic to be discussed is “the pop culture in your country.” Well, I have to say that I find it a very difficult topic because it is very broad and encompasses so many different things — hence my difficulty to find what I would possibly write about. As far as I am concerned, I see pop culture as a set of many different things that are embedded in a specific culture and that appeal to a large number of people (to the “masses”), as opposed to a higher culture that would only be accessible by a very limited number of people. Read the rest

_____________________________ »

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 on a time or place that initially seemed quite foreign to you. Describe the situation and reflect on your initial reaction to the cross-cultural experience. How did you initially understand what you were experiencing? Has your understanding changed over time as you have become increasingly enculturated at Willamette?

We hope you get a chance to enjoy these articles amidst finals and the holidays!

15-055-030

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./!\

A Mexican/American experience as an international student »

wwnKassandra

By Kassandra Saltos

When I first decided to come to United States to be part of an exchange program, I did not think that I would have much culture shock since I believed I was well aware of American culture. When I started school here I was honestly really nervous about making friends, living with a roommate, and taking full English classes, but as my international orientation days began, I felt more confident about being here–I was really excited. Read the rest

Taking a Step Back While Moving Forward »

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 3.15.31 PM copy

By Gesa Musiol

History is never objective. The act of recording events, in writing, audio, visual form, or film always presents a certain version thereof by choosing what to focus on, what to leave out, and which words to use. The knowledge of the fact that history is mostly written by the survivors, the winners, and the ones with the loudest voices is widely spread. Nevertheless, the way history is taught differs significantly from country to country as I experienced here at Willamette University. Read the rest

(Building Community) Hours »

wwnLucia

By Lucía Baigorrí Haüen

It is quite common to say that much of non-Americans’ knowledge of the United States is (mis)informed by mass media products, however that does not make it any less true. In my case, the entertainment industry has been a great source of education that has shaped much of my understanding of American life in general and the college experience in particular (J.J. Abram’s Felicity being at the top of my reference list). It is for this reason that seeing dorms, dining halls, university apparel, and a dancing bearcat during my first days at Willamette did not take much getting used to. Read the rest

What Makes Willamette Weird »

wwnEmmanuelle

By Emmanuelle Schopp

This year working as a language assistant for French at Willamette University is actually my first time on a campus outside of my country, France. This new experience is very interesting, enriching, surprising, and fun, but also at the same time sometimes rather “weird” and challenging because it is so different from what I am used to back home. I cannot say that there is one thing in particular that seemed shocking to me, but rather that there have been several little things that have appeared unfamiliar to me and even sometimes rather incomprehensible.

Read the rest

Living in Two Cultures »

wwnGuadalupe

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. Read the rest

A Moroccan In A Bistro »

wwnSofia

By Sofia El Otmani

When I first arrived at Willamette University, one of the first buildings that I visited was the Putnam University Center and the Bistro inside of it. I still remember the way the Willamette students first described the Bistro upon my arrival: the Bistro is warm, comfortable, and instills a wide variety of relaxing emotions. Read the rest

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

wwnAnne

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 »

wwnShotaro

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

_____________________________ »

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!

15-055-030

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 »

wwnGuadalupe

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 »

wwnLucia

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 »

wwnSofia

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.

Read the rest

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

wwnKassandra

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.

Read the rest

The Calais “Jungle” Needs Help! »

wwnEmmanuelle

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! »

wwnAnne

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