Young people from former Soviet Union countries share their impressions of Seattle (Produced by Valeria Koulikova in a UW Communication Dept video workshop)
I’m proud to be one of hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Russia and Post-Soviet Republics currently living in Washington State.
I’ve been in Seattle for over seven years now and I’ve met a lot of fellow immigrants. We’ve built friendships and helped each other preserve our cultural values. One thing almost everyone has in common is a love for the Pacific Northwest.
But no matter which country they come from, modern Russian politics have always been a sensitive subject. Disagreements over political issues–especially opinions about Vladimir Putin–have even created tensions between strangers and friends.
There were 22’s of local beer, calf tattoos, bikes, a guy named “Joy” bragging about his small family farm and French Screamo music. It could have been a late summer evening in Seattle – well, minus the presence of heavily bribed park guards and bored-looking horses.
Globalist video on Zhanaozen shooting and interview with survivors. Contains graphic imagery.
What do a communist, an ultra-nationalist and a gay rights activist have in common?
In Russia, they all oppose the regime of President Vladimir Putin.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in central Moscow on Saturday in the first major protest in three months, proving that the anti-Putin movement still has the numbers, even if they can’t agree on much else.
Audio/Visual Postcard by Jessica Partnow, Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill
Zombie Fest could have taken place in a sunny mountain meadow somewhere in the Northwest. It just so happened it was in Kazakhstan.
But that didn’t change the homebrew hairstyles and patched jean jackets, the unhinged, angsty music, or the enthusiastic welcome we got showing up as total strangers asking questions about music, life and politics.
It did mean it was harder to communicate across an English/Russian/Kazakh language barrier.
But when it comes to Screamo, I don’t think you’re supposed to be able to understand the words anyways.