Author Archives: Cristiana

VOA For Roma, Life in US Has Challenges

In the spring of 2011, I was featured in a Voice of America (VOA) piece about Roma people in the U.S. VOA is the broadcasting institution of the U.S. federal government.  Once a source of radio news, it has expanded with technology to include TV and internet programming. The interview was broadcast on International Romani Day, April… Read More »

The New York Times Bringing Out the Gypsy in Me

Shortly after my return to Vanderbilt in the fall of 2010, France decided to clear the camps inhabited by Roma people. They were deported to Romania and Bulgaria, the countries of their origins. In the ensuing scandal, the news was widely covered by international media. The conversations among my classmates and around campus were more heated… Read More »

BALLET I took my kid to ballet

I grew up in a simple family with parents who supported my education and encouraged me to be open-minded. However, they were busy making a living and did not have a chance to satisfy my need for sports and artistic activities. Years passed and, as a young adult, I almost fell into the trap of believing that ballet, a dance that I so much admired,… Read More »