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Last night, I submitted the following post for publication in the community pora_valit. Most of you probably know the community is focused on the topic of immigration from Russia. Immigrants share their stories and perceptions about how life in the Motherland differs from the country to which they immigrated. I see alot of posts from this community in TOP ЖЖ, almost always focused on America and Americans. I submitted my insights because one of my readers thought it would be an interesting topic for pora_valit subscribers. This morning, I awoke to a message that my post was rejected because they "are not a political board." And how is the following post political?? I expressly state that I'm speaking only about human relations NOT geopolitical ones. Today there's a post in the community about federalization in the State of New Hampshire - a clearly political topic!

I'm obviously not a Russian immigrant, but the topic of my post is about people and cultural differences in communication styles between Russians and Americans. I think I'm a pretty good judge of this, given that I communicate with only Russians almost every day on my blog. The content of my post isn't directed toward my normal readers, but the general ЖЖ community. Perhaps pora_valit doesn't want to publish an English language story there? That's fine, it's their choice, and I'll respect their decision. However, I copied my original post below and ask that you pass it along to others because I believe the content is important and worthy of reading and introspection.

Original Post:

I'm not Russian. I was born in America, and have lived here my entire life. I've traveled to over thirty countries, including three trips to Russia in the past two years. My English language blog on ЖЖ, consisting mostly of travel stories, is read only by Russians. We frequently discuss my travels from around the world, social issues and the prime cultural differences between America and Russia. Almost no one in my country uses ЖЖ, or has even heard of it. It's now completely dominated by Russian speakers. I write here because I'm curious about Russia and former Soviet bloc countries, and the inhabitants of these regions. The primary goal of my blog is to promote tolerance towards different viewpoints, ideas, cultures and lifestyles.

We have a lot of interesting discussions and the majority of my dedicated Russian readers are smart, with proper manners. However, my subscriber numbers have remained static for the past few months (around 1,500). So, I recently decided to promote two of my English language posts on the Cyrillic homepage. The main purpose was to draw more Russian readers to my blog, but the promotions in the Cyrillic community were also a social experiment...to see how Russians would react upon seeing something highly unusual - English text in the top promo box of ЖЖ.

Grab the popcorn, and let's see how the animals in the Russian blogosphere behaved...!

Unfortunately, the responses were exactly what I expected. Here's a sample of the comments I immediately received after the English posts appeared in the promo box:

"Why this shit lay down here in russian segment promo?!"

"нахуй это здесь?"

"
I do not want to see this kind of post in promo of russian segment, it is ridicilous and stupid..."

"
This is huita."

"
чё за гавно висит в промо?"

"Люби Россию - пиши по-русски!"

"do you suck dick?"

I'm sorry, but I can't understand such rude and aggressive behavior. Why is there no curiosity or intrigue at the sight of something new? Absolutely no desire to understand my motives for being here. Instead, some type of animalistic behavior kicks in and people in the Russian blogosphere immediately attack. After all, writing some idiotic and unoriginal insult is much easier than taking the time to understand something, or someone, different. Civil people ask questions, in search of answers. Why not ask why an American is writing here, instead of attacking me?

Other Russians decided to give me advice about my dating life, a topic wholly unrelated to the post. A few psychoanalyzed my mental state, concluding that I must be miserable and unhappy because I'm unmarried and childless at age 41. Then, there are those Russians who refuse to accept that an American woman could legitimately be interested in Russian culture or people, creating all types of conspiracy theories in their heads. The most common conspiracy theory amongst the
ЖЖ community is that I'm a former Soviet English teacher. Look at these comments, all posted in my journal over the past year:

"Мне тоже кажется, что английский в процитированном блоге идет скорее от очень качественной советской учительницы английского языка, чем от реальной американки. Так как неестественно много пассива, past perfect, have been, придаточных предложений перед главным и т.д."

"Она не американка. Она употребляет perfect там где американки употребляют indefinite. Наверное советская учительница или что-то в таком роде."

And my absolute favorite! "
Пользователь peacetraveler22 не американка, а вероятнее всего гуская беженка. Тексты в его/ее блоге написаны не на амерыкэн-инглиш. Причем настолько не амерыкэн-инглиш, что oн/она даже не могёт имитировать. Брайтон Бичь - наше всё, бггг.."


In America and most European countries, there's the mentality "to live and let live." In other words, do not be so concerned with the lives of others. I don't feel the need to correct or insult people, to know every detail of their life, or to contemplate or judge their inner happiness or well-being. I write here and communicate with Russians in search of answers, enlightenment, and greater insight into Russia and daily life there. I don't ask every woman I meet if she's married or has children, and assume she is flawed or unhappy if the answer to both questions is no. I don't care if someone is gay, an immigrant, Muslim, or has crazy opinions with which I don't agree. In fact, such people are sometimes the most interesting you will meet. To have an open dialogue with them leads to better self-understanding and reflection. It broadens your mental and analytic abilities. More importantly, it heightens the skill to process different beliefs, cultures and lifestyles, and choose the ones which best suit you. We are talking about basic human relations here - NOT geopolitical ones.

How about Russians who have immigrated to America - do Americans frequently correct your English, criticize your accent, question why you're in the USA, ask for every detail about your life/family, or constantly treat you with hostility?


So this is a plea and call to action for the ЖЖ Community. Please...let's tame the animals in the Russian blogosphere, or at least encourage them to be more creative with their insults. Because I'm growing tired of the monotonous phrases they write.


Do not be afraid to explore the unusual or different - be it ideas, cultures or people. Such exploration can be life transformative, if you only put your swords down long enough to open your minds and truly think.

Comments

kremlin_curant
Oct. 7th, 2014 09:56 am (UTC)
>>>> Anyway, not all posts there are about immigration. I saw something about an orphanage yesterday<<<<

But any post contain some hints either pushing people out of Russia or keeping them there. Orphanage post clearly proves Russia is disgusting, you better off emigrate from there.
As a lawyer you could explain there what are the legal ways to emigrate in the USA..
Also there is american community in LJ, called ONTD with 100,000 members. Lately there was a scandal here in the USA with big process in the court the paparazzi agency tried ONTD and LJ. You should hear about..
peacetraveler22
Oct. 7th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
I don't know the community ONTD. I will look at it tonight. I will absolutely given no advice on legal immigration to the U.S., except to inform people about the Green Card Lottery, which is going on right now. It's dangerous to give legal advice to random people, because they can come back and sue you for malpractice.
kremlin_curant
Oct. 8th, 2014 07:46 am (UTC)
OK. But at least you can write how to become a lawyer in America and what are the rules for wannabe the new americans.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 8th, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
Today I see the idiotic post in Top LJ about the person jailed in America for offering help to the child in the lake. I responded in the post. We have Good Samaritan laws to protect ordinary citizens who render aid, so the post is complete bullshit. But, makes a lot of Russians happy. Further nonsense that we are all savages in America! :)))
kodak2004
Oct. 9th, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
It's an axiom of russian worldview - "America is so f**ked up, you can't even help anyone on the street without being sued to death afterwards!"
peacetraveler22
Oct. 9th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
I'm a lawyer, so that post really irritated me! I tried to respond to her ridiculous story in the comments, but apparently the blogger doesn't understand English, and isn't so intelligent. After all, in one of the responses she said Chicago is in Michigan. :)) If you don't know the answer to where Chicago is located, it takes only one second to google it. But I guess she was too lazy.
kremlin_curant
Oct. 9th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
Yes, I saw that post before you did and put the comment this is a nonsense, advising people to check in Google the words "Good Samaritan"
Anyway several users replied to my post, kept insisting this bullshit is true.
Now you can see around 80% russians are morons, not saying about their propensity for cheating and swindling.
If you are so sensitive to be insulted by those morons may be it's not good idea to publish your posts in promo zone, because inevitable the morons to swoop on you, defacing your writing?
baron2012
Oct. 8th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Russians never sue on these issues.:) Even labour disputes happen very rarely in Russia.

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