Ekaterina is 23 years old and from Russia. She is a holder of a Fulbright scholarship that allows young English teachers from all over the world to come to the US and study at an American college for one academic year. Her primary role in BU is a teaching assistant and she also performs as a cultural ambassador.
At Russian Tea Parties, Ekaterina intends to tell students about different aspects of the Russian culture behind the language they are learning, giving them the chance to encounter a native speaker as well as getting to know other students of Russian to feel part of a great community. And of course, Ekaterina offers her students delicious Russian food (Pastila or Syrniki and Oladi) and students can listen to traditional Russian songs as well.
Do you believe in fairy tales? Fairy tales are the voice of a culture and are a subcategory of folktales involving magical, fantastic or wonderful episodes, characters, events, or symbols. As with folktales, fairy tales are narratives that are not taken literally and believed to be fictional. The settings are usually not set in our time and space and take place in unspecified, generic places, for instance, once upon a time in a magical kingdom…
Many children are familiar with Snow White's evil stepmother and her poisonous apple, Cinderella's fairy godmother, and the witch in the gingerbread house waiting to eat Hansel and Gretel for dinner.
have you ever heard about Baba Yaga, the old crone who is both wise and cruel, who lives in a house standing on chicken legs, and whose servants bring with them the day, sunset, and the night? Baba Yaga, the iconic witch of Slavic fairy tales, is one of the characters kids will meet in their journey through Russian fairy tales in order to entertain, inspire, enlighten, and in some cases condition their beliefs and behaviors. What about the fairy tales in your culture? What have you learned during your fairy tale journeys?
During the Russian tea party a kind old lady joined us. The interesting thing is that no one knows the mystery lady. I was very amused to see her in a group of young people.
Nowadays technology and advanced communication are the most important locomotion vehicles in the world of business and society. Writing letters are replaced by WhatsApp or WeChat. Even the stock market indicates a significant change: people do not invest in old-fashioned companies anymore. They prefer high-tech firms such as Apple, Amazon, or Google. Especially for Baby Boomers, difficulties arise when it comes to coping with a high-tech environment. The older generation misses the adaptation of Google, Apple, or the social-technology environment in general. They are not networking with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The younger generation is losing its communication skills and the ability to develop a creative mind-set, which affects the entire (social and economic) environment and we should stick to fairy tales in order to keep our cultural ID.
At least my question to you: what do you think, what will you miss when you are a grandparent?
С любовью из Бостона,
With love from Boston,