You all know the nuclear family structure – Mum (not Mom), Dad and the 2.5 kids. Dad goes out to work and Mum stays at home and… I dunno, bakes a pie or something. You also probably know this model has become rarer and rarer and, luckily for us, society has not completely fallen apart. Read the rest
Before starting this article about my interpretation of the “Modern Family” in France – based on personal experiences, observations and information – I would like to take a few lines to honour what has become another family of mine, as I was abroad for long period the first time in my life: and I’m talking about You, Willamette.
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“Family is always first!” That is how important family is back at home. In Argentina, we still value family as our Italian ancestors did. The big family reunion every Sunday for lunch with lots of uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents is still typical in these days. Read the rest
Family value is the fundamental value of Chinese and probably all other Asian cultures under the influence of Confucianism. Despite the strong trend of Westernization in modern day Asia, it is still deeply rooted in every Asian’s mindset. The traces of family value can be seen in various aspects of Chinese life.
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“Modern Family” … When I first heard the subject of this issue, I immediately thought about the show that you probably all know in the United States. Watching it makes us wonder what a typical family should look like. Can we, nowadays, find in any country something like a family pattern or a norm to follow? I think that nothing could be less sure. And as a French girl, I would even dare to say that there are as many types of families as there are different cheeses in France! Read the rest
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 married?” You have to hurriedly explain that he’s just a boyfriend, and though you’ve been dating for three years, you’re not engaged. She doesn’t believe you, and continues to refer to him as your fiance anyway.
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. Read the rest
In Chinese traditional culture, the concept of family is the basic unit of society. Which is easy to explain if we have a near look at the word “country” in Chinese – “Guo-Jia”. This is not a cold harsh political term, however, it means the “collection of family units”. The reason why the concept of family has been raised to such a priory level is Chinese people consider the measure of a man’s success by looking at the standard of “building a family and achieving a career”. So the family have been of significant importance in Chinese culture. Read the rest
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 back home.
We hope you have a good read!
Hailee, Lara, and Jordan
/!\Please note: the statements made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\
The title above comes once or twice removed from one of my fellow internationals from the UK, who doesn’t drink. While that is definitely an option, it’s not one you come across too often. I wasn’t really sure how to define “holidays” as that back home just means when you have time off – Bank Holiday, Summer Holiday etc. (basically interchangeable with “vacation” over here). So as this is on celebrations, this is how we celebrate in the UK.
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Talking about celebrations and holidays, you guys have probably already heard of traditional holidays such as the Chinese New Year, the Dragon Boast Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival….etc. Since I’m the Ning and I’m pretty sure there have been many Chinese students writing about those traditional ones, I want to write something that perhaps not many foreigners have heard of. It is a modern holiday with increasing popularity among the younger generation —- the Bachelor’s Day.
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Every year it attracts people from all over the country and many from all over the world. After Mendoza became the Eighth Great Wine Capital of the world in 2006, and also the host to the second most important Harvest Festival in the world (after Thanksgiving) according to National Geographic, it has been more and more recognized by its excellent offering of wines, especially Malbec blends. Read the rest
Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize of literature, 1992, states in his book The Labyrinth of Solitude, that the Mexican discharges his soul during fiestas. In the United States, at our Fourth of July parades, spectators outnumber the participants. While, in México, there are no spectators. All people participate in the thousands of celebrations that take place yearly. “The life of every city and village is ruled by a patron saint whose blessing is celebrated with devout regularity.” “Fiestas are our only luxury, they replace theater and vacations.” To the uninitiated, the common fiesta in the country of México can appear to be utter chaos with booming, earth- shaking fireworks, loud music, smoke, costumes, alcohol, food, laughter, crying, and bright colors filling one’s eyes. Read the rest
Hello wonderful Willametonians!
When it comes to holidays not typically celebrated in the United States, Russia has a whole calendar of them. Literally. Russia follows the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar\Julian calendar as well as the Gregorian calendar (which is the calendar Westerners use). An example of this would be how Russia celebrates New Year’s Day twice. They have what they call the New Year’s and the Old New Year\Orthodox New Year. New Year’s corresponds to January first on the Gregorian calendar, while the Old New Year corresponds to January first on the Orthodox calendar, but January fourteenth on the Gregorian calendar. While New Year’s is a holiday celebrated all over the world, in Russia it is an extremely large celebration similar in intensity to the American Christmas. Gifts are exchanged, trees are decorated, and parties are everywhere. Classic New Year’s movies are watched, there are, of course, fireworks, and everyone watches the clock in Red Square strike twelve on television.
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