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Bolivian Dishes »

The Bolivian cuisine varies with the geography of the country. The ingredients of the Bolivian cuisine are one-hundred percent organic, mainly because the production of agriculture products are not for export, all of these products are for the internal market. There are many reasons for that situation, but those reasons are not the topics of the current paper.
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Forget about escargots! »

French cuisine…where should I start?

First, most of French traditional dishes are regional. Quiche Lorraine, boeuf Bourguignon, bouillabaisse Marseillaise…They are all named after the region they come from. Did you know that crêpes come from Brittany?!

My region, Alsace, has its own dishes as well. We notice the German influence by the importance of meat and deli meat. The most popular Alsatian dish is the choucroute, prepared with sauerkraut (sour cabbage), sausages, meats, deli meat and potatoes.

The tarte flambée (or Flammekueche in our dialect) is another favorite. It is composed of rolled bread dough, covered with fromage blanc or fresh cream, thinly sliced onions and small strips of pork. Tired of pizzas? Try it!

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Food, Glorious Food »

Hello Willamette! Long time no write!

I’m afraid this is going to be my last contribution to WWN so I better make it as tasty as possible, no?

As it happens, food is one of my great passions in life; whether it is eating, feeding, making or simply looking at food. (Google Images is both a blessing and a curse, I tell you. All those amazing pictures and no hope whatsoever of ever seeing let alone tasting the dish in real life…). I am especially partial to baking: any form of bread or pastry or thing made from dough will immediately catch my eye. Read the rest

¡Lunes papas! »

By studying a year abroad, I did not imagine how much food would affect my homesickness. Just like Popeye´s song claims, in the film version with Robin Williams, “Everything is food”, food is an important factor that concerns our daily habits. What I miss the most about food at home is the role it plays to bring family and friends together. Read the rest

Sex in Your Culture »

Dear Bearcats,

We would like to welcome our new contributors Jason Wu from China and Haruka Takahashi from Japan!

To introduce the WWN’s sexiest topic yet: Sex in your culture. This topic is extremely important and is being talked about worldwide. In addition, sex is controversial and a taboo in several cultures.
Social constructs around sexual practices differ based on cultural perspective. In a globalized world ideas of sex and sexuality are rapidly changing and this can often create generational gaps in understanding or conflicts in general.
This issue was inspired by the Huffington Post article titled “Japan Population Decline: Third Of The Nation’s Youth Have No Interest In Sex” which made a big splash last year.  In this issue our wonderful international students have written about their opinions on how  teen pregnancy, sex education, homosexuality, and other aspects of sexuality are perceived in their respective countries.  We hope you find this topic as fascinating as we do!

Love your WWN editors,

Paul, Hailee, Giuliana, and Lyu

/!\Please note: the statements made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

Gender or Sex? »

Hi all,

Hope you are looking forward to reading my article.

This topic is kind of hard for me to talk about in public. But maybe we need to talk about it sometime and think about it seriously even in public. I will tell you “How socially acceptable is sex?” and “How does it affect my country’s populations?” Read the rest

Sexuality in China »

Hi, folks. I am Jason Wu, an international exchange student from Xiamen University in China. Xiamen is regarded as the “garden on the sea” which is one of the most popular traveling destinations in China. Sunny weather, blue sky and clean beach are my favorite.

This topic totally scared me when first saw it. I have no idea of how to talk about sex. Why?
I think what I will talk about is the cause of this embarrassment and some phenomenon behind this reaction in my brain. Read the rest

Teenage Pregnancy in Japan »

Teenage pregnancy rate in Japan is 4%! Surprisingly, Japan has the lowest teenage pregnancy rate in the world according to unicef. Before I looked it up, I thought it must be higher that it is because I think sex education in Japan is not enough.The only time when I got sex education was at schools which are elementary school, middle school and high school. But the teachers did not teach enough information that we should have learned at those times.
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Sex in Russia »

Privet, friends!

So, normally I try to bring a personal connection into my WWN articles, but I doubt that when you scrolled to this entry today, you were intent on hearing details of my sex life ;) . Instead, let’s look into Russian views of sex and sexuality as they exist today.

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Adolescent Pregnancy in Colombia: A Public Health Issue »

My house in Medellín is located right next to the hospital in which all the pregnant women who have access to the social health program – which is basically focused on providing health benefits to the people with less economic resources in the country – go in order to receive antenatal, childbirth and postnatal care. What has always called my attention is the enormous amount of young faces that I used to see every day go inside the hospital. Read the rest

C’est la vie! »

French are very relaxed when it comes to talk about sex.

I don’t mean that we like to exhibit our personal experience, simply that generally, this subject is not taboo.

Just look at the recent revelations concerning Francois Hollande, the French president, who had an affair with an actress, cheating on his long-term partner. 77% of the French think that it is his own problem, and some even said that it made him more human. Admittedly, it was a scandal, but, “c’est la vie!” (this is the life!) as I read many time on blogs. Sex is just…normal. Read the rest

Ecuador: con las marcas del catolicismo »

Giggling nervously over films where naked people are shown is common in high school classrooms in Ecuador, as well as in some college level classrooms. Ecuador is a Catholic country as a result of the Spanish tradition. From colonial times up until Ecuador became a republic, Catholic religion was imposed as the only and true religion. In fact, the clergy  controlled  education in the country throughout the 19th Century. It wasn´t until the beginning of the XX Century, after the Liberal Revolution in 1895,  that Church and State separated. Read the rest

Piropos »

Ten years ago while I was still living in Bolivia, my friends and me we used to meet every Saturday at the main plaza of Cochabamba city. The main plaza is located at the heart of the city. Around the plaza there are many shops, restaurants with beer gardens, ice cream stores, pizza places, music stores, etc. This place is vibrant and lively (in general the whole city is) all year-round.
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I think I can say some about sex in China… »

What’s up y’all!

I was looking forward to this topic for a while because it’s always funny to see how people react to sex.

First thing I want to say is that sex is talked about nowadays in China, at least among young people. I never get it why people of the same age of my parents or in the past wouldn’t talk about sex. It’s not that sex has nothing to do with them but it was just defined as ‘untouchable’ somehow. Fortunately, I never had this situation of not being not allowed to talk about sex. And yes, it’s even joked about among friends. Just never do that with adults like parents. Read the rest