Heather Wright

I was born in America. In college I studied Russian literature, language and culture. After I finished mhy degree I lived, studied and worked in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Although I was born in America, I feel I truly became who I am today while living in Russia. I consider myself both American and Russian. The Russian concept of motherland differs greatly from the American concept. In Russia it is not only the place where you were born but also is based in its religious, historical, and literary traditions. The motherland is a pure and strong idea in Russia. In America the concept of motherland is not as clearly expressed, perhaps due to its relatively short history. The understanding of our motherland is through the media, primarily television. These stamps show the differences in understanding of "motherland" in Russia and America.