This autoethnography is about the author’s arranged marriage to a Jewish, Soviet scientist, a transaction meant to release him and his family from their home country at a time when leaving for Jews was nearly impossible. Arranged marriages offered possibility but brought subjective complexities over the ethical and even safety concerns to those involved. Drawing from the author’s journals, this story foregrounds subjective connection to these ethical concerns. While this story is the author’s (and Misha’s, a pseudonym), it captures the human story of finding humanity in those we disagree with, those we find difficult, those we want to reject, including maybe especially ourselves.
Russia Remembered: An Autoethnographic Journey
Grace A. Giorgio holds a BA in the humanities from the University of California, Berkeley (1986), a MA in cinema studies from San Francisco State University (1995), and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001). Her research, writing, and teaching examine communication practices in interpersonal and public domains with the intention of bridging the personal and the political. She studies the experimental use of qualitative research methods to investigate the intersection of self, culture, and the public sphere. Her research interests branch into two directions: using writing as a method of inquiry to creatively and critically explore the cultural expectations and tensions in interpersonal and family communication contexts, and writing, public speaking, and debate as modes of civic engagement.
Grace Giorgio; Russia Remembered: An Autoethnographic Journey. Journal of Autoethnography 1 April 2023; 4 (2): 224–235. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2023.4.2.224
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