Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, by Katerina Bodovski

By Katerina Bodovski

Born in Soviet Moscow, Katerina Bodovski was once twelve years previous while Mikhail Gorbachev got here to energy, coming of age because the «perestroika» and «glasnost» circulation received complete pace. She may later arrive in Israel in the course of the top of the peace strategy within which time major Minister Rabin was once assassinated. Her ultimate stream to the USA, months after the dissatisfied of Sep 11, might additionally without delay and not directly form the best way her own trip unfolded.
the original characteristic of this paintings lies within the mix of autobiographical narrative and sociological research. by way of personalizing money owed of immigration, schooling, and family members variations, this booklet discusses the author’s firsthand reviews in Soviet Russia, Israel, and the U.S.. The ebook speaks to students of schooling by means of delivering examples and styles in academic structures of the Soviet Union, Israel, and the us. past academia, the booklet will resonate with immigrants who've skilled transitions among lands and languages. in addition, Dr. Bodovski makes use of her lady point of view to light up various elements of relatives existence, immigration techniques, and, eventually, her stories in usa academia as a doctoral scholar and a professor.
Across 3 Continents: Reflections on Immigration, schooling, and private Survival could be of particular curiosity to ladies, in particular younger ladies, who're attempting to work out the interaction among their relatives lifestyles and what's attainable for them to aspire for and to accomplish. this article is perfect for classes eager about comparative schooling, women’s reports, Jewish experiences, sociology of schooling, formative years, and immigration

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My boyfriend’s mother gave me her wedding dress to alter. She had a red wine stain on it so the dress had to be cut really short. 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.

I got B’s throughout the 4th grade; it was better during the 5th grade but bad again in 6th grade. She was an extremely tough grader. One grammatical or punctuation mistake in the entire essay landed you a B. Starting in 7th grade, she would give me an equal number of A’s and B’s during a marking period and then offered me a deal. She said that she would give me a B as a final marking period grade or examine me on all materials for that marking period. Not in a written test—she would basically interrogate me for as long as it took to assess me.

I got to see Gone with the Wind only in 1989—fifty years after the film came out. I am still unsure what the communist government’s problem was with the film. So without other distractions I became lost in books. My favorite era was the 19th century. I first dove into Russian literature (I read War and Peace at age 12) and then slowly graduated to some Western books. My reading was limited by the books available at home or at my grandmother and uncle’s. Our personal libraries were fairly large but it all came down to what had been translated into Russian.

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