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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 and, More Commonly, from Russia »

What prompts citizens to leave their homeland forever and how does their life change because of it? I’d like to start my reflection at the first steps of the process – in the consulate, because as it happens, I was there this morning (don’t freak out though, I’m not moving).

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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

Soy América Latina: Un Pueblo Sin Piernas Pero Que Camina »

About twelve years ago, it was pretty common to hear that someone´s parents, siblings, cousins or children had moved to Spain. Yes, Ecuadorian families were moving like little ants to Europe-Italy and the United States. But Spain became the main target for Ecuadorian immigration, especially due to the fact that the official language is Spanish. The reasons for this massive exodus go from the particularly difficult economic crisis at the beginning of the 21th century, poverty, corruption and unemployment. Read the rest

On Migration, Bureaucracy and Culture Clash »

I have been, sort-of, an immigrant three times in my life. I say ‘sort-of’, because in all three experiences my use of the word can be argued against. The first time I was just a baby, therefore, apart from linguistic immersion and an array of multicultural nannies, I didn’t really experience the culture-clash. The other two could also be debated, since we moved to countries native to my parents. Here, however, lies the catch. Read the rest

Living Together, on Both Sides of the Mediterranean Sea »

When I started my researches for this new topic on Youtube, I typed : “immigration en France” into the seach field. The three first links that appeared were “Muslim Immigration Destroying France”, “Immigration – Délinquance – Islamisation : La France en dangers !!” and “Immigrants in France : France’s suicide”. This sums up perfectly the hostility against Muslim immigrants in France, and how tough this topic is. Read the rest

But What Exactly Does Multicultural Mean? »

Where I grew up in Perth, in Western Australia, the mix of ethnicities was such that it wasn’t until a much older age, perhaps in a history class, or perhaps reading something that I had stumbled upon, that I learned that it hadn’t always been like that. My country in fact, which nowadays prides itself on its multicultural nature (both in terms of cultural and linguistic diversity), had not always been that way. Read the rest

Great Britain: A Post-Colonial Immigration Nation »

The UK’s history of immigration will forever be tarnished by our collective memory of colonialism’s oppressive tendencies and its innumerable atrocities. Due to this less than flattering element of our no-so-distant history I am sure many still view the United Kingdom as a fairly unwelcoming and ultimately intolerant society. If this short article does nothing else than even begin to convince you otherwise I will be eminently satisfied. Read the rest

Immigration in Germany »

My article will talk about different points of view on immigrants in Germany and is again rather subjective based on what I have experienced, what my friends, teachers and fellow students have expressed to me and therefore cannot be generalized. In Germany there has been an ongoing discussion Read the rest