Welcoming Anisa to the podcast today, who works as a food photographer under the delightful moniker @thewonkystove - a title just as quirky, unique, and delightful as Anisa herself. Anisa arrived in the US as a very refugee from the former Soviet Union. Anisa’s Jewish Ukrainian family suffered especially cruelly under their communist rule. Her mother’s great courage in fleeing to the United States, and resilience in the face of tragedy once she arrived here, is an inspiration. Beyond that, Anisa’s experience with food insecurity teaches us how we, as a society, need to respond to and support brave family’s like Anisa’s. If this sounds like a dark episode, you’ll learn that humor is one of the greatest legacies of Anisa’s family - and perhaps a secret weapon in their success. I couldn’t be more honored to share Anisa’s stories. Welcome Anisa - and welcome to YOU, listeners, who honor Anisa’s story by listening.
- The subversive answer her mother gave to the Communist Party as a child
- Anti-Semitism in the USSR
- Her uncle's sentence to Siberia and the risky way Anisa's aunt worked to set him free
- How Odessa is unique in Ukraine - Romani, Jewish, Greek, & Turkish people
- "I live with myself. Sometimes I'm not that great."
- The generosity of Ukrainians & the joy of feeding others
- Leaving the Soviet Union and arriving in the US as refugees
- Anisa's experience with food insecurity and helping the right way
- "To go crazy from too much"
- New Year's Celebration & Russian Folklore
- Eggplant Rolls
- The proper way of choosing and preparing eggplant
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