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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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Global Grooves »

Welcome back dear Willamette community! We wanted to celebrate the start off this new semester and our tenth anniversary by showing you our best moves! Thus, we present to you a variety of wonderful stories about dance from all over the world!

Dance is an expression of history and culture, and many people at Willamette are taking dance classes. Therefore, we were inspired to ask Professor Jessica Fouts for this issue’s topic. The question she posed: “What types of dance are typically performed in your country and how have they evolved over they years?”

As you go through these articles written by our contributors, you will discover all kinds of movement, from the plie to the polka. In addition, a lot of cool videos have been added to demonstrate to you how the world moves! So bust a move, get your groove on, and check it out!

From your WWN editors,

Giuliana, Hailee, & Paul

¡Vamos a bailar! »

Although it is a common stereotype to assume that all Latin Americans dance, it is true that music and dance play a significant role in Latin American culture. Starting with Salsa, probably one of the best known Latin American dances around the world, there is a significant variety such as Tango, Cumbia,Vallenato, Merengue, Mambo, Danzón, Bachata, Samba, Mapalé. Many of these dances first appeared in coastal regions in Latin America. Even though Latin America is a region and not one country, like Simón Bolivar wanted it to be, music and dance are definitely a unifying characteristic among Latin American people. Read the rest

Entrez dans la danse! »

If I am asked about dance in France, I feel like I have to talk about it on a regional scale. France is a small country, but it is composed of regions that vary a lot from one to another. Each has its own culture, dishes, traditional clothes, architecture, but also its very own dances, music and celebrations. This cultural wealth is a legacy that has been transmitted from one generation to another over centuries. Read the rest

Dancing My Way Across the Globe »


Rosinka reporting from the other side of the globe (India)! No seriously, the time difference is 13,5 hours so it’s literally the other side.

Anyways. Life here is hectic and finding time for extra writing is quite challenging, but I’m glad I was offered this chance to continue sharing some of my experiences with you.
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Dance Dance Baby! [We all love Seahawks:)] »

First of all, happy super bowl weekend!

Hope you all had a good time, Seahawks fans!

Here’s a set of videos illustrating my perspertive on music from my region of the world! Read the rest

Dance In Japan! »

Hi all,

How have you been? I hope you all are doing well.What do you have an image of dance we who are Japanese dance? We have any type of dances like Bon dance, fisherman’s dance, and traditional . Today I would like to tell you about Japanese traditional dance and how young generations dance.

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Carnival Dancing »

For me, dancing has been in my life ever since I can remember. When I was five I started dancing in a German Carnival Club. Starting on November 11th every year, people in some areas of Germany celebrate Carnival. In German we call it Karneval, Fastnacht, or Fasching, and it celebrates the time before lent. There are several Carnival Clubs in my area, also in the 900 people village I grew up in. A Carnival Club in my area usually consists of several dance groups, a prince and princess, and other representative figures. Read the rest

¡Colombia es un baile! »

Colombia is a very diverse country in which music is deeply embedded in the culture and the traditions. As a result of the diversification of rhythms, sounds, and influences, Colombian dances have considerable
variations. From one region to another, and taking into account different aspects such as weather conditions, African heritage, proximity to the Pacific Ocean or the Caribbean Sea, and the shared traditions and customs with other countries, Colombian dance exemplifies a wide variety of movements, performances, and cultural representations.

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Bolivian Dances »

There are a great variety of Bolivian dance and music. They vary greatly from one region to another. In general Bolivian music is created not just for playing, but mostly for dancing. The following are examples of some of the most popular dances of this country (based on their authenticity and originality), most of them can be seen during Carnaval (South American Mardi Grass) or other traditional Bolivian festivities.
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Immigration and Emigration – A Global Trend »

Willamette community!

The United States is a land made of immigrants, but is it the only one? The WWN, through the perspectives of our contributors, brings to you what immigration and emigration is like in other parts of the world. We hope that you find the rich material engaging and fulfilling as the capability to do so is very much there. A big thank your to Professor Julie Veltman of the Spanish Department for suggesting this issue’s topic.

We encourage you to use these few days of rest to peruse through our contributors’ articles and find out what goes on beyond the stars and stripes!

A happy Thanksgiving from your WWN editors,

Paul Romain, Jaime Venegas, Hailee Vandiver, and Giuliana Alfinito

Immigration to Japan »

Hi Everyone. Today’s topic is immigration. I think everyone is interested in this topic. What do you have the image of immigration to Japan? How many people do immigrate to Japan in a year? Where do people move into Japan from? Why did they come to settle in Japan? What are they doing for their life in Japan? These are what I am telling you today. Read the rest

Why Do People Leave Colombia? »

“Why are you leaving Colombia?” Someone asked me thisat the airport of Bogotá just before taking the plane to the United States. It took me a few moments to come up with an honest answer that would sufficiently express the reasons why I was leaving my beloved country. I replied to the question after some hesitation and followed up with an assurance that I will definitely be returning in a couple of months. Nevertheless, I thought about that simple but Read the rest

Immigration! — China »

Chinese immigrants (only mainland) take up almost 9% of the amount of legal immigrants in the U.S. ranking 2nd after Mexican immigrants, while only 0.1% of the population in China is immigrants. I don’t know if it’s hard to become a Chinese citizen or permanent resident, but Chinese government doesn’t allow double nationality. I guess many people are not okay with giving up their own identity. Read the rest