Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, by Katerina Bodovski

By Katerina Bodovski

Born in Soviet Moscow, Katerina Bodovski was once twelve years outdated whilst Mikhail Gorbachev got here to strength, coming of age because the «perestroika» and «glasnost» circulation received complete pace. She may later arrive in Israel in the course of the height of the peace technique in which time best Minister Rabin was once assassinated. Her ultimate circulate to the USA, months after the disillusioned of 9-11, might additionally at once and in a roundabout way form the best way her own trip unfolded.
the original function of this paintings lies within the blend of autobiographical narrative and sociological research. through personalizing money owed of immigration, schooling, and kinfolk differences, this ebook discusses the author’s firsthand reports in Soviet Russia, Israel, and the U.S.. The e-book speaks to students of schooling via delivering examples and styles in academic structures of the Soviet Union, Israel, and the USA. past academia, the publication will resonate with immigrants who've skilled transitions among lands and languages. in addition, Dr. Bodovski makes use of her girl standpoint to light up diversified facets of kinfolk existence, immigration tactics, and, eventually, her reports in usa academia as a doctoral scholar and a professor.
Across 3 Continents: Reflections on Immigration, schooling, and private Survival can be of particular curiosity to girls, particularly younger ladies, who're attempting to work out the interaction among their family members lifestyles and what's attainable for them to aspire for and to accomplish. this article is perfect for classes interested in comparative schooling, women’s experiences, Jewish experiences, sociology of schooling, youth, and immigration

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The process included filling an old metal bucket with water, soaking an old gross piece of fabric in it, squeezing the water out, putting it on the mopping stick, and cleaning the floor. You had to go through this several times and then take the bucket with dirty water to the bathroom to dump it out. I felt respected by other students. Being a good student is usually depicted as being a nerd and having problematic social relationships. I think I was probably too outspoken and straightforward to be called a nerd.

Parents were supposed to sign our book every week. Essentially it served as a disciplinary tool for teachers; information recorded in there effectively got kids into trouble with their parents, and I believe that they were aware of it. I was never in trouble with my parents because of school grades or remarks, but looking back years later I recognize that many kids were severely punished at home for bad school records, or, by today’s standards, physically abused. I remember boys running from teachers with their gradebook; I remember kids tearing pages or trying to erase marks.

All in all, in my two decades in Russia I visited quite a few places in Ukraine, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Georgia. My dad and I attended classical concerts at the Moscow Conservatory. For years we had a membership that included five Sunday concerts per year. My dad loves classical music, and I had been learning piano for 7 years so I was exposed to a great part of the classical repertoire through these experiences. Chopin has always been my favorite. I have attended many theater performances with my mom.

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