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Not in a deadly serious way, Through Alien Eyes gives a scoop on:
And this is not even the tip of the iceberg - there is much more to explore.
Now, if to get serious for a moment: "We knew that everything the communists told us about communism was a lie," one Russian joked, "but we didn’t realize that what they told us abut capitalism was true."
How much difference is there between "Soviet propaganda" and American "spin," really?
For an American newcomer, there always will be a question what to accept and what to leave out creating a fusion of Eastern and Western qualities - adaptation to the new life demands not just moral courage but sometimes profound compromises, which might become an ultimate road to success.
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|© Elena Popova, 2009. Contact the author. Original art by Vadim Bora|
Table of Contents"How Did You Get to the United States?"
Serious Stuff: Food
Legends of the Sex Drive
Pets, the True Love
Isn't That Custom Strange?
Myths and Standards
Several Horror Stories
Searching Where the Grass Is Greener
"A Nation of Victims"
The Globe of America
The War of the Worlds
Borrowed Lifestyle: American Extravagance
"Moose and Squirrels!" or Images of Russians
Demons She Fights: Adjustment Period
The Show Must Go on
Watch Your Language
To Execute or to Pardon?
A Woman at the Door
The Competition of Congregations,
or Which Christian is More Christian?
Russian Men vs. Their Western Counterparts
The Land of Loneliness
Meanings and Means: "Just a Click Away"
Lies, Love, and Humiliation: Visa Stories
What the Statistics Reveal
Goods and Services
Creating a Victim
Tactics of Violence
First Person Stories
Love: Russian Style
A Young Wife’s Diary
From the Horse’s Mouth,
or So the Horse Says
He Says — She Says
Back on Track
Needle in a Haystack
Bridges and Dividers