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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

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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