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What Kind of Japanese Food Would you Like? »


Hi all,

Food Food Food! I am sorry I was so excited about this topic. Since I came to US, have met people who live all over the world and like Japanese food like Sushi, Sashimi and Udon. However today I am going to tell you about Japanese foods that you do not know yet, but you will love. Read the rest

La Comida Colombiana: una deliciosa combinación de sabores »

One of the most representative Colombian features is its cuisine. The richness of our food makes Colombians very proud. Every region of the country has its own traditions and customs regarding food and cooking habits. This is also related to the types of food that grows in each region.  If you travel around the country, you will find many significant differences, however, you will be amazed by the incredible variety of flavors, smells and tastes. I would like to show you some of the most characteristic dishes of my country.

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Ich bitte zu Tisch! – German deliciousness »

Whenever somebody asks me what I miss most about home (except my family and friends) I tell them it is food. I LOVE German food and there is no way I could go without it for a longer period of time! Before you start reading, you should keep in mind that
– like in every country- different regions have different foods, therefore, I will speak mainly from my own experience in the area called Franconia, situated in the North of Bavaria.
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Bolivian Dishes »

The Bolivian cuisine varies with the geography of the country. The ingredients of the Bolivian cuisine are one-hundred percent organic, mainly because the production of agriculture products are not for export, all of these products are for the internal market. There are many reasons for that situation, but those reasons are not the topics of the current paper.
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Food in Switzerland: 9 out of 10 people like chocolate, the tenth is lying »

About cheese…
When you think of Switzerland, you might think of expensive watches, greedy bankers, lush alpine pastures with grazing cows and… cheese! Indeed, cheese plays such an important part in our culture in that we eat it throughout the day: for breakfast, Swiss like to eat freshly baked bread with butter and a hearty slice of Emmentaler, a savory and
rather mild yellow cheese. Read the rest

Forget about escargots! »

French cuisine…where should I start?

First, most of French traditional dishes are regional. Quiche Lorraine, boeuf Bourguignon, bouillabaisse Marseillaise…They are all named after the region they come from. Did you know that crêpes come from Brittany?!

My region, Alsace, has its own dishes as well. We notice the German influence by the importance of meat and deli meat. The most popular Alsatian dish is the choucroute, prepared with sauerkraut (sour cabbage), sausages, meats, deli meat and potatoes.

The tarte flambée (or Flammekueche in our dialect) is another favorite. It is composed of rolled bread dough, covered with fromage blanc or fresh cream, thinly sliced onions and small strips of pork. Tired of pizzas? Try it!

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¡Lunes papas! »

By studying a year abroad, I did not imagine how much food would affect my homesickness. Just like Popeye´s song claims, in the film version with Robin Williams, “Everything is food”, food is an important factor that concerns our daily habits. What I miss the most about food at home is the role it plays to bring family and friends together. Read the rest

Food, Glorious Food »

Hello Willamette! Long time no write!

I’m afraid this is going to be my last contribution to WWN so I better make it as tasty as possible, no?

As it happens, food is one of my great passions in life; whether it is eating, feeding, making or simply looking at food. (Google Images is both a blessing and a curse, I tell you. All those amazing pictures and no hope whatsoever of ever seeing let alone tasting the dish in real life…). I am especially partial to baking: any form of bread or pastry or thing made from dough will immediately catch my eye. Read the rest

Sex in Your Culture »

Dear Bearcats,

We would like to welcome our new contributors Jason Wu from China and Haruka Takahashi from Japan!

To introduce the WWN’s sexiest topic yet: Sex in your culture. This topic is extremely important and is being talked about worldwide. In addition, sex is controversial and a taboo in several cultures.
Social constructs around sexual practices differ based on cultural perspective. In a globalized world ideas of sex and sexuality are rapidly changing and this can often create generational gaps in understanding or conflicts in general.
This issue was inspired by the Huffington Post article titled “Japan Population Decline: Third Of The Nation’s Youth Have No Interest In Sex” which made a big splash last year.  In this issue our wonderful international students have written about their opinions on how  teen pregnancy, sex education, homosexuality, and other aspects of sexuality are perceived in their respective countries.  We hope you find this topic as fascinating as we do!

Love your WWN editors,

Paul, Hailee, Giuliana, and Lyu

/!\Please note: the statements made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

Gender or Sex? »

Hi all,

Hope you are looking forward to reading my article.

This topic is kind of hard for me to talk about in public. But maybe we need to talk about it sometime and think about it seriously even in public. I will tell you “How socially acceptable is sex?” and “How does it affect my country’s populations?” Read the rest

Sexuality in China »

Hi, folks. I am Jason Wu, an international exchange student from Xiamen University in China. Xiamen is regarded as the “garden on the sea” which is one of the most popular traveling destinations in China. Sunny weather, blue sky and clean beach are my favorite.

This topic totally scared me when first saw it. I have no idea of how to talk about sex. Why?
I think what I will talk about is the cause of this embarrassment and some phenomenon behind this reaction in my brain. Read the rest

Teenage Pregnancy in Japan »

Teenage pregnancy rate in Japan is 4%! Surprisingly, Japan has the lowest teenage pregnancy rate in the world according to unicef. Before I looked it up, I thought it must be higher that it is because I think sex education in Japan is not enough.The only time when I got sex education was at schools which are elementary school, middle school and high school. But the teachers did not teach enough information that we should have learned at those times.
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Sex in Russia »

Privet, friends!

So, normally I try to bring a personal connection into my WWN articles, but I doubt that when you scrolled to this entry today, you were intent on hearing details of my sex life ;) . Instead, let’s look into Russian views of sex and sexuality as they exist today.

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Adolescent Pregnancy in Colombia: A Public Health Issue »

My house in Medellín is located right next to the hospital in which all the pregnant women who have access to the social health program – which is basically focused on providing health benefits to the people with less economic resources in the country – go in order to receive antenatal, childbirth and postnatal care. What has always called my attention is the enormous amount of young faces that I used to see every day go inside the hospital. Read the rest