By Katerina Bodovski
Born in Soviet Moscow, Katerina Bodovski used to be twelve years previous whilst Mikhail Gorbachev got here to energy, coming of age because the «perestroika» and «glasnost» move won complete velocity. She may later arrive in Israel through the height of the peace approach in which time top Minister Rabin was once assassinated. Her ultimate movement to the USA, months after the dissatisfied of 11th of September, may additionally without delay 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 money owed of immigration, schooling, and kinfolk differences, this booklet discusses the author’s firsthand stories in Soviet Russia, Israel, and the us. The publication speaks to students of schooling via delivering examples and styles in academic structures of the Soviet Union, Israel, and the U.S.. 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 viewpoint to light up diversified features of relations lifestyles, immigration tactics, and, ultimately, her reviews in usa academia as a doctoral scholar and a professor.
Across 3 Continents: Reflections on Immigration, schooling, and private Survival should be of particular curiosity to girls, in particular younger ladies, who're attempting to work out the interaction among their relations 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 experiences, Jewish reports, sociology of schooling, adolescence, and immigration
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While among Russians it’s still a New Year’s tree, one can no longer ignore that others call it a Christmas tree. We are not a religious family but culturally we are certainly Jewish. So we don’t put up a tree or other Christmas decorations. Since I hadn’t grown up with Jewish traditions either, the Jewish holidays to which I was exposed later on in Israel hold intellectual and cultural meanings for me but very little emotional connection. I’m rather indifferent to Passover and we rarely host it in our house, preferring instead to celebrate it at others’ houses the way one does birthdays or anniversaries.
He looked at my first problem and approved it and then showed me where I had made a mistake in the second. Then, completely unexpectedly, he told me to pick up another ticket. I did not understand. He repeated his request; I picked another one, went to a desk to solve it and came back in 15 minutes. I was lucky this time around; my solutions were correct. He opened my examination booklet and wrote an A in it. I am not sure what kind of expression was on my face but he said: “Think as if you took two exams today.
I was actually very excited about learning French. I was reading tons of Russian classical literature, and the Russian aristocracy spoke fluent French, so for me it was in a way transforming to a different time period. I was a pretty good student and most teachers liked me. You can get away with a lot of things once your reputation is established. I was also pretty active in student life, although its structure and content were vastly different from that offered in the West. Every classroom had to have an academic leader (“starosta”); I filled this position for several years.
Across Three Continents: Reflections on Immigration, Education, and Personal Survival by Katerina Bodovski