Vera Kishinevsky's Russian Immigrants in the United States: Adapting to PDF

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By Vera Kishinevsky

ISBN-10: 1593320566

ISBN-13: 9781593320560

ISBN-10: 159332118X

ISBN-13: 9781593321185

Kishinevsky tells the shops of 3 generations of girls who immigrated to the U.S. from Russia and satellite tv for pc states, inviting the reader into their truth and featuring their worldviews, attitudes and views via strong and intriguing existence tales. She interviewed 5 triads of immigrant girls (retired grandmothers, midlife moms and teen daughters). Her research of those robust items yields unforeseen conclusions concerning the energy of family members ties and intergenerational impacts that proceed to form the worldview of younger Russian-Americans. The booklet is written from a multicultural viewpoint exploring such basic matters as acculturation, assimilation and mental adjustment of immigrants because it applies to the Russian immigrants.

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I wrote a letter to my aunt and asked her to make the necessary papers. When we were leaving, I invited all my friends and former classmates for a farewell party. They left their husbands at home with children with such pleasure, and I took Dosia to my mother. In my class, I was among the heavier girls. And before the departure, I noticed that I was the thinnest. It was really funny that all the girls that were so thin in their youth became very fat after giving birth. They had a more or less stable life, so they kind of lost the drive to look good, turned into mother hens.

We lived in bad conditions—one room in a communal apartment in an old neighborhood; we had to go to the backyard to use the water pump and the outhouse. It was my fate to live in horrible old houses all my life. We shared a corridor with several neighbors, so my mother cooked on a kerosene burner there or on a tiled stove in the room. She was a great cook. She used to make such wonderful meat pies, Crimea style, the way her people made them. My mother got married very late because she was not goodlooking, and I always felt uncomfortable because of my long crooked nose.

Here, of course, it is so different, more humane, all the amenities. Today the day was cold, so we had heating on in September, we did not ask for it, but they turned it on for half an hour in the morning—very good. When we were leaving, we knew that we would live in better conditions, so we did not risk much. Many people left good apartments, even better than what they have here, but even these apartments were badly heated. My sister lived on the fifth floor; she used to freeze there. Things were getting worse after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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