Russian Immigrants in the United States: Adapting to American Culture

Russian Immigrants in the United States: Adapting to American Culture

Russian Immigrants in the United States: Adapting to American Culture

Russian Immigrants in the United States: Adapting to American Culture

Synopsis

Vera Kishinevsky was born in the former Soviet Union and immigrated with her family in 1978. She graduated from Odessa State University and, in 2001, received a Ph.D. from New York University. She works as a school psychologist and teaches graduate courses at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY

Excerpt

It is a hot day in late July. Natasha is sitting on a couch in her sunny apartment overlooking the ocean. She is in her mid-forties. Large dark eyes with long lashes beam with warmth on her round face. With her small chiseled nose, bottomless eyes and curved lips, she resembles a Renoir portrait. The phone rings. “Yes, mama, I am OK, and Tanya, too. Yes, she had breakfast. I made sure, I know. Don’t worry, she is coming home for dinner.” Bedridden after a massive stroke, Natasha’s mother regularly checks that Natasha’s daughter Tanya, a college senior, eats three full meals every day. Natasha hangs up and gets off the couch with a visible effort. She is walking to the kitchen, and I become acutely aware of her swollen ankles and heavy, dragging sounds of her feet. She returns with a bowl of fruit and a platter of homemade pastries. Natasha tells me that she has been seriously overweight since a year after she arrived to the United States. She tried many diets, but none helped. Once she managed to lose forty pounds, just to gain fifty during the following year. “I went to the doctor last week,” says Natasha, returning to the conversation interrupted by her mother’s call. “He insisted that I lose weight to avoid serious health problems. I know I have to do it, I will try again, I promise. Look, I bought an exercise bicycle and I plan to work out for an hour every day.” Natasha sounds frightened enough to make the necessary changes.

Tanya walks in and talks about her latest achievement—she slimmed down from 172 lbs. to 140 lbs. She proudly lists her routines, “I have been exercising in the gym and running four days a week, honest! I eat healthy—no fat, chicken, grains, vegetables. I knew I had . . .

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