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By Katerina Bodovski

Born in Soviet Moscow, Katerina Bodovski was once twelve years outdated whilst Mikhail Gorbachev got here to energy, coming of age because the «perestroika» and «glasnost» circulate received complete pace. She may later arrive in Israel through the height of the peace procedure within which time leading Minister Rabin was once assassinated. Her ultimate flow to the United States, months after the disenchanted of September 11, could 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 blend of autobiographical narrative and sociological research. by means of personalizing bills of immigration, schooling, and kinfolk modifications, this ebook discusses the author’s firsthand reports in Soviet Russia, Israel, and the us. The ebook speaks to students of schooling by means of delivering examples and styles in academic platforms of the Soviet Union, Israel, and the USA. past academia, the booklet will resonate with immigrants who've skilled transitions among lands and languages. in addition, Dr. Bodovski makes use of her woman standpoint to light up various points of kin lifestyles, immigration methods, and, ultimately, her reports 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, specially younger ladies, who're attempting to determine the interaction among their kin lifestyles and what's attainable for them to aspire for and to accomplish. this article is perfect for classes inquisitive about comparative schooling, women’s reports, Jewish experiences, sociology of schooling, early life, and immigration

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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. I have always had friends. Not dozens, but two or three really close ones, at each step of my journey. I am really good at maintaining my friendships. Across more than three decades and three continents I am still very much in touch with my very first friend from first grade.

I did not, and the next year my grandparents from both sides shared the cost of a brand new piano. In 7th grade I became very interested in ballroom dancing. There were several programs in the city; the closest was about 20 minutes away by bus. It is strange to think today that back then the activity was not available to anyone who was interested. But during Soviet times, extracurricular activities for their own sake were not prevalent. They existed mainly for competitions, as an Olympic sport, professional theater, or dance.

Most importantly he changed both Russian and American literature forever. To this day I’m fascinated by Nabokov. When reading his novels and short stories in Moscow at the end of the 1980s, I couldn’t have imagined that we would “meet” at different places and that my journey would bump against his quite a few times. I took several classes on Russian literature at the Hebrew University. It just so happened that one of the semesters I was looking for such class, we had a Russian-speaking visiting professor from Cornell University, where Nabokov had taught for a few years.

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