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'Russian mainland': what affects our people who moved to the USA

Svetlana 55 years, of which the last so .. thirty she lives in California. A large house of a typical white color with a green lawn, a male programmer. Two cars, two Russian-American citizenship and two adult sons, but one, Svetlana barely speaks English.

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However, does she need him?

All the women’s friends are Russians. In the evenings, she watches Russian TV shows and reads Russian news. On weekends, he calls in, of course same, Russian supermarkets. Do not think, she will be able to explain herself in the store in English. But not more. He is not required for work, Svetlana is a housewife. Cabbage pies and okroshka are constant companions of her home table from year to year.

Every six years, she regularly gives her vote for Putin. However, it is not in a hurry to go back at all.

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“Maybe in old age we’ll buy a house somewhere in the suburbs, we’ll come ... In the meantime, we haven’t paid the mortgage yet, there are 30 years left from 15! - Svetlana sighs. “The prices for good housing are crazy here ...”

I'm trying to understand what it is. All these pies, Russian shops and girlfriends. The desire to preserve the native culture? Or fear of leaving the notorious comfort zone?

Reluctance to take root in the US? Reluctance to return to Russia?

Who knows ... Such “Russian islets” are hereenough. Maybe in ten years from these islands there will be a whole mainland?

Original column published on the blog. Dumb America on Yandex.Zen.

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