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“Functioning Society of Alcoholics”: Celebrations in the UK »

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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“Please don’t give me good guy card!”— Celebration of Bachelor’s Day in modern China »

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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The Grape Harvest Festival: Celebrating Wine »

The Grape Harvest Festival, or “Fiesta de la Vendimia” as it is originally called in Spanish, is the most important festival in Mendoza and the Cuyo region in Argentina.

Election of the Queen of the Grape Harvest 2014

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

Las celebraciones de México »

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

Old New Year and Other Russian Holidays »

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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“Life is like a box of chocolates” »

My last article on French society made it clear that strikes are a part of our everyday life. So, in France, whenever public transportation isn’t working, and you are surely going to be late to an important appointment, a touch of hope almost always makes an entrance. It lies in this simple question: “Oh wait! Is it a public holiday?” And the answer to this question will determine if there will be no bus due to a strike, or if your bus is just late because of limited service on that day. Read the rest

Green, White & Gold (Absinthe, Malibu & Tequila): A beginner’s guide to Alcoholism »

Welcome to your cultural education lesson number 3 for Northern Ireland: my Nation’s Celebrations. Ireland has a few great traditions and given the drinking stereotype of my country, alcohol does play a role in many of them but of course not everything we celebrate has you reaching for the Guinness (although it may seem like I’m about to prove that wrong haha). Nevertheless most of these celebrations are about family and community so enjoy your reading.
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It’s similar, yet so different! »

Since around three-fourths of the population in Taiwan are immigrants from China, we share the same major holidays (such as Chinese New Year and Moon Festivals). Besides the nationally-occurring political holidays that actually get you out of school or work, many of the Taiwanese celebrations and festivals only happen regionally.

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Laternen, Nikolaus-Stiefel und Schützenfeste »

Dear readers,

When I first heard about this topic, I thought that there are way to many celebrations in Germany to talk about every one in any depth. Therefore, I’m going to write about celebrations coming up soon and also typical for where I’m from. I chose three which I will elaborate upon more in the following.
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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, and the writers’ esteemed fields of work are all topics discussed in this issue.

We hope you get a chance to learn more about this very relevant subject in the articles written by some of our fantastic international students!

WWN Editors,

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./!\

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 were invited to the United States to work in agriculture for a period of six months. They received permits and were encouraged to return after the holidays or after the spring time. California, Oregon, and Washington were states directly affected by this international hiring of workers. These two countries have extensive connections. Economically and otherwise, they continue to affect one another well into their southern and northern regions.
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From Renewable Energy to Birkenstock »

Dear Readers,

this entry focuses on Germany’s renewable energy, bicycle-friendly cities, exporting and German brands. I’ll try to give you some interesting and fun facts about German efficiency 😉 If this sounds reasonably intriguing, please continue…
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Howdy from the land of Steak and Malbec! »

In this issue I will focus on two very attractive topics for me: economic activities and renewable energy. Well to begin with, I will start describing a little bit about Argentina’s economy. My country is well-known for having one of the best steaks in the world, but contrary to what many people think, that is not the only product that we export. Argentina is also highly popular for selling one of the best “Malbec” wines of the region as well as grains such as, soy (it is the third largest world producer) and wheat.  Read the rest

Danone, L’Oréal and revolutionary French »

Hi guys, it’s me again!

Remember? Valentine, this girl from France. Ah la France… Just hearing this makes you daydream about Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, Versailles, the Normandie, the Provence, the smelly cheese, the overwhelming amount of wines coming from every single part of the country –Champagne, Bordeaux, Bourgogne,… Or maybe just about Paris (and that’s a lot already!). Read the rest

Potatoes + Titanic x More Potatoes = Northern Irish Economy »

Welcome back, fans, to the second issue of the WWN; “The job market/economy and your country’s environmental efforts.” Obviously there is a lot more than just potatoes going on back home. Within this (what was intended to be short) piece I will dissect the economic branches of Northern Ireland, including a folktale, my sister’s predictable future, a Lindsey Lohan reference, a catchy song that sounds rude but isn’t, and (in classic Northern Irish style) political disagreement. Enjoy :)
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France’s Future, Economy & Environment: a Pragmatic and Optimistic Outlook »

Well hello there!

Hope everything is awesome at Willamette, even though I have very little doubts about this according to my personal experience, and that y’all are enjoying life!

Coming back from picking grapes in Alsace (a pretty bucolic region in the Northeast of France), I do have a few things to tell you about our economy, our job market and my country’s environmental efforts, and will do my best to keep it nicely clear and organized.
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Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of — The Economy and Job Market of Shanghai »

When I first heard of this topic, it was difficult for me to come up with a draft for an article. Since China has the largest population, second largest economy and third largest landscape, it has great diversity between regions and to conclude that in one single article was extremely hard for me. So I decided that I would write only about Shanghai instead, a city I love and hate at the same time. Read the rest

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 students in France, Wales, Japan, and Russia. This issue, we’ve asked our amazing group of international travelers to tell us a little about themselves, where they’re from, and what culture shocks they’ve experienced so far. We also have new additions to the WWN editorial team: Lara and Jordan. In this issue we have 18 countries represented and 12 languages. We have a great deal of diversity on campus with the presence of our wonderful international students this year. Please take this great opportunity to get to know them and hear their amazing stories. We will have more interesting topics coming up soon. We hope you have a good read!

Hallo, Grüß Gott, und Guten Tag! :) »

My name is Julia, and the above are three ways of saying “Hello” in German (there are way more, especially when you take into account all the regional dialects). When looking at a map of Germany, you would find my hometown, Würzburg, more or less in the very center of the map.
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How different cultural backgrounds in me respond to culture shock »

It’s been almost 6 weeks since I arrived at Willamette University. Everyday I spend here is wonderful with new information of things I’ve never seen before. It’s my first article for the Willamette World News, and since I’m Ning, I want to start things in a different way. Read the rest

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 this blog), and was manager there during my senior year. The reason I was invited to write alongside all these fabulous international students who are starting to integrate themselves into WU life is that, since leaving my cozy Salem home I have chosen to lead a rather international life, which the WWN team thinks will be interesting and maybe even educational (we’ll see). So anyway, here’s a brief introduction of myself and my plans for the future. Read the rest

Kon’nichiwa from Japan »

Hi, my name is Naoko Matsuo.
I’m from Tokyo, Japan.
This is a very small city, but a lot of people live in there.
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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; the United states does not count as the world! This is a disgrace to Willamette World News!”
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The Floor is Hot Lava »

Привет/Privet dear readers!

I must say, I had no idea that the floor is hot lava in Russia (remember those primary school days), and that the rugs go on the wall. Yet, this is one of the many lessons I have stowed away in my mental archives since embarking on a study abroad to Russia. It is considered a dirty place, not suitable for sitting on, putting your purse on, etc.

A brief introduction to myself; my name is Giuliana Alfinito, I am a senior at Willamette. I am majoring in International Studies, minoring in (surprise) Russian, and I’m a professional shower-singer on the side. I currently live in a place that almost no one seems to have heard of: Yaroslavl, Russia. It’s nicely sandwiched between Moscow and St. Petersburg, and is a calm, easy-going city of about 700,000 people. Other discoveries I’ve made here include but are not limited to:gs that should touch it are your feet, enclosed in house slippers (тапочки/tapochki).
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Irish And Not Ginger?! Breaking News! »

My name is Jordan Henderson (not to be confused with the other Jordon Henderson on campus who is incidentally in my Psychology class) and I am one of the editors for the WWN, as well as being an international student myself.

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