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Elena Cavallero
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Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe. Before becoming the country that is today the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Swabian, Visigoths and Arabs dominated and passed by the western part of the Iberic peninsula. Given the long history and developed culture, Portuguese language, people, and inventions arrived to influence many parts of the world.

For instance, the Portuguese were the first Europeans explorer to arrive in the unknown lands of America and Africa. Portugal went on to establish many colonies and create its own monopolies. Brazil was discovered in 1500 and became Portugal’s richest colony. 

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Elena Cavallero

Singapore in Singapore

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Singapore, also called the Lion city, is an island located on the southern tip of Asia at the edge of Malaya. Singapore is a state-city: one of the rare cases where if you visit a city you also visit the whole country! But the limited geographical extension doesn’t mean that this place has little to offer. Indeed, Singapore is one of the most wonderful “melting pots” of culture in the world.

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Eva Hong

ZIJUN WANG, An International Graduate Student from China

Zijun Wang

 

  1. What are you studying at Duke and what are some of your campus involvements?

Liberal Studies is a very interdisciplinary program. It offers you the freedom and a lot of opportunities to explore. I have explored psychology, literature, creative writing, and Buddhism meditation. I like it very much. Now my focus is in creative writing and literary translation. As for campus involvements, I am in a poetry club, where I also did some acting.

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Elena Cavallero

Croatia, country of wild nature, intriguing history, and extremely welcoming people, it is gradually gaining popularity among tourists heading to Europe. So, if you are planning a summer adventure or want to learn more about this country, scroll down and explore Croatia with us!

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Eva Hong
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China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion.[13] Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area,

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**For the latest updates on Hurricane Florence, please monitor Duke Alert and Working@Duke on Twitter for the latest and most accurate information.**

 

The following message was sent to all international students on Tuesday, September 11, around 3 p.m., regarding preparations for Hurricane Florence:

Dear Students, Scholars, Spouses, Families

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Lizzy Huang

Have you ever thought about your identity? Do you think you are often stereotyped as someone from a group that you are thought to belong to? I think many people do not notice these identity questions until they are out of their comfort zone and they feel they get misunderstood; at least I have been exploring these questions since I am away from home. I wish I would learn more about myself and the perspectives from others from the “Identity” workshop this Thursday. The workshop was hosted by Assistant Director Paige Vinson. Our guest host Mr. Tyrone Jean, Assistant Director of Duke Center of Multicultural Affairs, tried to guide us to understand identity through some group activities.

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Lizzy Huang

Have you been watching the U.S. presidential race? You may even be able to say some “big” names since the media coverages are everywhere these days. The President of the United States is the elected head of the state and the head of the government, as well as the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. He or She is considered as one of the world’s most powerful people. No wonder the U.S. presidential election has been closely watched not only nationwide, but also across the globe.

This week’s CLG Workshop, hosted by SangHee Jeong, we invited two American undergrad students, Tarela Osuobeni and John Benhart, to explain the entire U.S. presidential election process.

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Vivian Tan

Get excited! It’s Super bowl season! To help international students appreciate how big of a deal this game is in America, the International House held a Connect, Learn and Grow (CLG) workshop on American Football 101. Byron Turner moderated the workshop and speeches were delivered by two of Duke’s very own footballers, former players Lex Butler and Patrick Kurunwune.

Football is played between two teams with 11 players each. Each team is then further divided into three categories: offense, defense and special teams.

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