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JANUARY 2014 World Languages and Cultures Contents Expand yourself  Study abroad!  Why is Culture Important? Help for language learners  Meet your teachers  Focus on culture INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Study Abroad : Discovering Independence Help for YOU Piñatas! 2 3 4 My memories of 5 growing up in China Meet and Greet your Professors 67 Costa Rica Connections 8 Tico Food! 9 Great Information 10 Culture is a strong part of people's lives. It influences their views, their values, their humor, their hopes, their loyalties, and their worries and fears. If you are from New Mexico or Montana, if your parents are Cambodian, French Canadian, or Native American, if you are German Catholic or African-American, if you are Jewish or Mormon, if you are straight or Gay, if you are a mixture of cultures your culture has affected you. So when you are working with people and building relationships with them, it helps to have some perspective and understanding of their cultures. Dr Anne McGee Her article “La Reina del sure: The Globalization of Narcocultura” is accepted for publication in the book Cruzando fronteras en las But as we explore culture, it's also important to remember how much we have in common. A person who grew up in Tibet, will probably see the world very differently than someone who grew up in Manhattan-but both people know what it is like to wake up in the morning and look forward to the adventures that of the day. We are all human beings. We all love deeply, want to learn, have hopes and dreams, and have experienced pain and fear. Article from: Dr Ernesto Lombeida The selection committee for the XIII International Congress on Latin American Literature has accepted Leslie L. Ginn his proposed presentation entitled “Myth, History and Being chosen as the Fall Américas/Crossing Boundaries in the Americas 2013 recipient for the Lillian Language in Latin American Barton Memorial Scholarship Literary Tradition” for March 2014

WLC Newsletter, January 2014

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