Monthly Archives: September 2010

Bishkek Street Art: Graffiti and Freedom of Speech

One feature that has always stood out to me, as an American, about post-Soviet Central Asian cities is the lack of a culture of street art. The presence of quasi-anonymous public art gives voice to the thoughts and feelings of … Continue reading

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A New Independence Day

On August 31, 1991 the Supreme Soviet (roughly the equivalent of parliament during the Soviet Union) voted to make the Kyrgyz Republic an independent country. Since then, the day has been commemorated with parades and other various patriotic fanfare in … Continue reading

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The First Day of School…

September 1 marks the first day of school for children all across Kyrgyzstan. To distinguish this day, parents dress children in their nicest clothes. The uniform colors are black and white for everyone, boys in black suits and girls in … Continue reading

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