By Katerina Bodovski
Born in Soviet Moscow, Katerina Bodovski was once twelve years previous while Mikhail Gorbachev got here to strength, coming of age because the «perestroika» and «glasnost» flow won complete velocity. She may later arrive in Israel in the course of the top of the peace strategy in which time top Minister Rabin used to be assassinated. Her ultimate circulate to the US, months after the dissatisfied of 11th of September, could additionally at once and in a roundabout way form the way in which her own trip unfolded.
the original function of this paintings lies within the mix of autobiographical narrative and sociological research. through personalizing debts of immigration, schooling, and relatives variations, this booklet discusses the author’s firsthand studies in Soviet Russia, Israel, and the USA. The e-book speaks to students of schooling via supplying examples and styles in academic platforms of the Soviet Union, Israel, and the USA. past academia, the publication will resonate with immigrants who've skilled transitions among lands and languages. additionally, Dr. Bodovski makes use of her girl standpoint to light up assorted facets of relatives lifestyles, immigration procedures, and, eventually, her reviews in usa academia as a doctoral pupil and a professor.
Across 3 Continents: Reflections on Immigration, schooling, and private Survival can be of particular curiosity to girls, in particular younger women, who're attempting to determine the interaction among their relatives lifestyles and what's attainable for them to aspire for and to accomplish. this article is perfect for classes curious about comparative schooling, women’s stories, Jewish experiences, sociology of schooling, adolescence, and immigration
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He was a friend of my homeroom teacher’s son. He took me to the theater e a s te r n e u r op e : r u s si a | 37 and we hung out at my place. He was a true gentleman and behaved like one. For my 16th birthday he brought me 17 roses. It may not seem like a big deal in the country where people buy roses in dozens or by twenty, but in 1988 Soviet Union it was a very big deal. Still, I was a child and could not truly appreciate it. My mother clearly was more impressed than I was. So many years later I still have the fondest memories of those six months that we were dating.
The rest left for either vocational education or special professional education (nursing school or early childhood education) or other high schools. This is fairly representative of the Soviet system; only about 20% of the late Soviet cohorts continued to higher education. As opposed to some unpleasant accounts of high school experiences shared by people in the United States, mine was very positive. We really got along. We either were good friends with each other or respected each other enough so there was really no gossip or drama during those two final years.
My mother’s friend made the change, and I ended up with a mini dress, light pink with silver sparkles. My mother took an organized trip to Yugoslavia that spring and brought me grey suede shoes with silver sparkling contour heals, so I was all set for the big day. At the time, I had thick, long, fairly straight hair which I considered pretty boring, so I tried to curl it for all important occasions. The problem was how to make it stay in place. Hairspray and other fancy products were not a part of the Soviet reality.
Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, Education, and Personal Survival by Katerina Bodovski