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Saludos,

I was born in El Sauce, Michoacán, México. This is a small ranch five kilometers north of Cotija. The readers of this short piece may be aware that the country of Mexico is composed of 31 states and one federal entity, known as El Distrito Federal (Federal District) also known as la Ciudad de México. The Mexican state from whence more immigrants have come to the USA is Chihuahua; number two on that list is Michoacán. A poor economy is the primary reason for immigration from one country to another practically anywhere on planet earth. Mexico is a very mountainous, arid, land. Only 7% of the country is considered fertile. The state of Nebraska alone produces more corn than the country of Mexico. Illinois and Iowa in that order produce more corn than the Cornhusker state. Granted, not all the crop is utilized or grown for human consumption (cattle feed and gasoline additives). Wealth and power in México is controlled by the elite, roughly 2% of the population. We are speaking about a country of 110 million individuals. The disparity between wealthy and poor is simply astounding. Read the rest

Back to France, Bonjour from Home! »

Hi, wonderful Willamette community!

Long time no see… Gosh, I miss so many of you!

My name is Paul (last name “Romain”, pretty confusing as it is a popular first name in France, haha!), and for those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m from France.

I spent last year at Willamette as an exchange student, and now that I’m back home after what has been the best year of my life so far, I felt the desire to get more involved in the Willamette community, which will remain in my heart forever… And what better way to do that than contributing to this good old Willamette World News, right?! Indeed,  most part of last year, I was a co-editor for the WWN, and it’s now an honor and pleasure to contribute from overseas to this awesome project! So, with no further delay, let me introduce myself in proper terms. Read the rest

The city I am from, Daegu. »

I come from the ‘large hill’ in South Korea. Yes, that’s what my city, Daegu, literally means. I guess many people reading this article know about or are interested in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. Maybe, I shouldn’t be talking about my city that probably no one cares. But, as a person who spent my childhood in Seoul, and moved to Daegu later, I have grown a considerable amount of love for this city, and now I proudly call it ‘my city’. I want to tell you how unique, crazy and lovable this city is by introducing a few key words related to Daegu. Read the rest

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, au revoir, hasta luego! »

Dear faithful readers,

It is that time of year once again: the school year is coming to a end, and many of our wonderful contributors must fly home to their respective countries.

For our last issue of the year, please enjoy this touching collection of farewell articles, wherein our authors speak about American stereotypes and the preconceived notions they had about the U.S. before arriving, as well as their impressions and insights based on the experience of being at Willamette this semester or year.

This is always a bittersweet time for our Team, but we look forward to seeing you again next year to take another literary trip around the world together! :)

Prenez soin de vous, 后会有期, hebet Sorg zo uch, tanti auguri, verdi vel med pig, cuidense, tem cuidado, удачи,
Paul, Hailee, Lyu, and Giuliana

Not stories on unicorns or dragons, just heartfelt words for America »

When I was five years old, I vividly remembered two things about America. The first thing was the president of United States lived in the white house. The second was Gotham City was the most ‘famous’ city in America. This belief stemmed from early exposure to western pop music & various American TV shows. Read the rest

初めてでいっぱいの毎日;My life in the US is full of many new things everyday. »

Hi all,

I cannot believe that this is the last article I will write. Before I came to the US, I had a stereotypical image of the US. For example people living in the US eat hamburgers everyday, everyone is proud of their country and nationality, and they don’t care about other people at all. I know this sounds like a negative point of view,  but the point is that I didn’t know much about this country before I came here. Actually, I was not interested in the US at all.Living in the US has been a mind-opening experience.
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Tschüß Willamette und danke für alles! »

Dear Willamette Community,

I cannot believe it, but my year at Willamette has come to an end. It has been a great experience and I have met many amazing people during my stay on the lovely West Coast of the United States. For me this wasn’t the first time that I have spent a longer period of time in the US. In 2011, I did an exchange year at Kent State University in Ohio. Read the rest

Thank you and Goodbye! »

My experience in the United States is divided in two periods of my life: the first one as a child; the second one as an adult.

Spending two years of my life in a small town in Kentucky, learning English and learning to adapt to a whole different place was no easy task. I learned that my own perception of my country was completely insignificant in such a big nation like the United States. I learned there are some many other little “worlds” besides my little Ecuadorian reality. I also learned that I missed and appreciated my country so much more once I left it. Read the rest

Adios Willamette! »

While I was in Bolivia, I “knew” the United States through the movies and the news. I had an image of a very violent place where anybody can have a gun, a place with many drug users and drug dealers, and place with a high level of promiscuity of its youth; consequently, it was not in my plans to come to the U.S. , instead I always wanted to go to Europe or Australia. Read the rest

¡No es más que un hasta luego, no es más que un breve adiós! »

It is time to say goodbye, and I would like to start this piece of writing by saying that I did not consider the United States as my first option to have an experience abroad, but now that I reflect about it, this is the perfect place to have a multicultural experience. I used to have mixed feelings about this country, I was reluctant at first but later I changed my point of view concerning many different aspects. My view of the United States has changed enormously. Read the rest

She flies with her own wings »

When I first came to the United States in 2009, I went to The East coast. Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, DC… Huge cities, crowded roads and very industrialized regions.

But as I came to Oregon, I heard someone saying “Left coast is definitely the right coast”. And to me it is so true…

I fell in love with the nature of the West coast. Oregon and its 6,000 lakes and 120,000 miles of rivers that I wish I could all kayak. Read the rest

Take a Bite for Your Break! »

Culture is served! Indulge in a bite! Take a seat at our table and sample some multicultural cuisine. Our amazing chefs have prepared for you recipes from all around the world in their articles discussing some of their favorite dishes. Globally, food is a reason to gather, a reason to connect, and a reason to overcome cultural boundaries. Whether it’s celebrating your friend’s birthday with cake, eating ice cream after a long day, or coming home to your mom’s homemade specialty, food is something we all have in common. So enjoy your spring break, and perhaps try out your culinary skills by whipping up some of these delectable dishes while learning what the world feeds on!

Bon appétit! Buon appetito! ¡Buen provecho!いただきます!Приятного апетита!

Your WWN editors,

Hailee, Lyu, Paul, and Giuliana

Yummy! »

As a staunch believer of the saying “I live to eat” rather than the survival concept “I eat to live”, I am grateful to be born in Singapore. Singapore is commonly known as the ‘food paradise’ in the Southeast Asian. The diverse selection of Singapore foods is the reflection of the country’s unique multi-racial tradition. From the all-time favourite’s Indian roti prata to the Chinese’s sensational chicken rice, Singaporeans have every reason to pamper themselves with good food no matter how bad the day gets.
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Buddha Jumps Over the Wall »

Hi all!

I am super excited about this topic—food. Why? Because “there is no love more sincere than the love for food”.
As for Chinese dishes, people tend to think they are healthy and tasty. Yes, they are. But today, I would like to introduce to you a ridiculously delicious and mysterious cuisine from my hometown: Fo Tiao Qiang. Fo Tiao Qiang is a Chinese name which sounds boring. Let me give you its English translation — “Buddha Jumps Over the Wall”. See, astonishing and hilarious! Literally, its name doesn’t create any correlation with delicious food. Confused? I will tell you the story behind that. Read the rest