Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, by Katerina Bodovski

By Katerina Bodovski

Born in Soviet Moscow, Katerina Bodovski used to be twelve years outdated while Mikhail Gorbachev got here to energy, coming of age because the «perestroika» and «glasnost» flow received complete pace. She might later arrive in Israel in the course of the top of the peace technique in which time major Minister Rabin was once assassinated. Her ultimate circulate to the USA, months after the disenchanted of September 11, might additionally without delay and in a roundabout way 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 bills of immigration, schooling, and relations ameliorations, this e-book discusses the author’s firsthand reports in Soviet Russia, Israel, and the us. The publication speaks to students of schooling through offering examples and styles in academic structures of the Soviet Union, Israel, and the USA. past academia, the booklet will resonate with immigrants who've skilled transitions among lands and languages. moreover, Dr. Bodovski makes use of her girl viewpoint to light up varied facets of kinfolk lifestyles, immigration methods, and, eventually, her stories in usa academia as a doctoral pupil and a professor.
Across 3 Continents: Reflections on Immigration, schooling, and private Survival might be of particular curiosity to girls, specially younger women, 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 concerned about comparative schooling, women’s stories, Jewish reports, sociology of schooling, adolescence, and immigration

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During the muddy fall and spring, and snowy winter, changing shoes was probably not a bad idea. We were also supposed to clean the classroom ourselves. If you imagine a neat, colorful Japanese classroom in which happy kids clean the floor, it was nothing like that. Two students were responsible for cleaning every day. I had no problem with wiping the blackboard or sweeping the floor. But I absolutely hated, as did all of my classmates, mopping the floor. 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.

I was not drawn to any sport in particular, and I don’t remember kids around me being involved in sports. Later on, I met Russian people who, during their childhood, were involved in swimming or gymnastics. My encounter with sports was limited to watching figure skating. I remember being in my maternal grandmother’s apartment and watching these competitions with her. This breathtaking combination of music, dance, costumes and gravity-defying leaps has been a pleasure of mine for many years. I remember most, if not all, winter Olympic Games, starting with 1984.

Personal Life I began falling in love and having crushes on boys when I was about 8 years old. I loved the feeling of agitation, hope, and expectation to see the object of my infatuation. By the age of 12, when none of my crashes had reciprocated, I started thinking very seriously about the prospects for my personal life. I knew I wanted to get married, and I was having serious doubts about the likelihood of finding someone whom I liked, and who liked me back. It did not seem to come in any way from my family conversations or any other clues I could have picked up from my environment at such a young age.

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