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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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I say GRÜß GOTT, SERVUS – CZESZ, WITAM to the United States! »

Guten Tag and dzień dobry! My name is Tina and I am currently an exchange student from Germany with polish heritage.
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Bonjour tout le monde! »

My name is Lucile Brown and I come from the beautiful country of France. I’m a senior at university and am here at Willamette for a semester.
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Grüße aus dem Norden »

Hallo,

my name is Karoline Gotchel and I am very glad to be your German language assistant for this year.

I’m from Hanover which is located in the middle, northern part of Germany. Although mainly people only know it either through its fairs or passing by with the train, it has much more to offer.

First of all, it is supposed to be the most green city in Germany with half a million people living on 200 km². Almost 12 percent are green area. These areas include the Maschsee with its Maschpark,  the Georgengärten, Herrenhäuser Gärten and the Eilenriede (see pictures). Read the rest

Hello! Bonjour! »

Hello! Or Bonjour I should say. Let me introduce myself: my name is Valentine, I am 22 years old and I come from France. What city am I from? This is a simple question and yet, it requires a complicated answer from me.  Then keep Google Maps within an easy reach  and all aboard, ship’s boy (or girl)!

Heading for Ajaccio, the city where I was born long long long ago and also the capital city of Corsica, coordinates: 41°55′36″N 8°44′13″E ! Welcome to a French island inhabited by a fierce people eager to protect their land from the drifts of globalization (heavy construction over virgin fields, loss of traditional values,…) You may wonder why, after all it is a worldwide phenomenon nowadays. Read the rest

Tingyu Hu?? Tingyu Me!! »

Hi, everybody.

My name is Tingyu Hu; nice to have a chance to write for the WWN.

I’m from Nanchang, China. A major southeast city with a population of 5 million.
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