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Mother’S Will


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Mother\'s Will is written by Durnyam Mashurova and published in Kazakhstan in Uighur and Russian languages in 2010, illustrated by Hashim Kurban

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Mother’S Will

  2. 2. Mother’s Will: Culture <ul><li>Context of Uighur culture in rural Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Town of Jarkent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chon Chighan village </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Mother’s Will: Places <ul><li>Context of places </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kazakhstan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural and urban </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real cites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New York on 9/11 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Huntington Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zharkent Mosque </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Mother’s Will: History <ul><li>Historical background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stalin repressions in late 1930s. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broken families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children of “Enemy of State” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Mother’s Will: History <ul><li>Historical background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World War II </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soviet regime in rural Kazakhstan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perestroika </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modern times </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Mother’s Will: Work <ul><li>Strong female characters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World War II and women labor in rural Kazakhstan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Years of poverty and famine </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Mother’s Will: Family <ul><li>Historical background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>China - Kazakhstan migration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Migration’s effects on families </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Mother’s Will: Culture <ul><li>Uighur traditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Naming a child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funeral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commemoration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Muslim holidays </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Mother’s Will: Culture <ul><li>Uighur Culture Context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food recipes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lagman, Zhutta, Manta, Tono Nan, Zhit, Chushur </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wedding: folk and modern influences </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Mother’s Will : Music <ul><li>Uighur music </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12 Uighur Muqams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Folk music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modern music: group Dervishi </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Mother’s Will: Love <ul><li>Developing a story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stories of love as main line in a book: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tursun and Saadat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Amanzhan and Guzyal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and others </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Mother’s Will: Kindness <ul><li>Human relationships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Characters from diverse backgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Neighbor Polina and her son Sasha, Afghan War veteran </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Mother’s Will: Names <ul><li>Special meanings of character names </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mehriban - loving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guncha – flower bud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ruth – friend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soledad - solitude </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Mother’s Will: Truth <ul><li>True Women Stories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prostitution and AIDS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drug addiction and crime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic violence and rape </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Mother’s Will: Worldview <ul><li>Dialogue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different value systems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Story line </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead character, Mehriban, Uighur writer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opposition character, Ruth, American business lady </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Mother’s Will: Conclusion <ul><li>Like Uighur quilt made of little pieces of fabric, the book is made of little stories and has different layers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Women stories set in different times (later 30s to present day) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Historical background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dialogue between Uighur and American characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardships made women stronger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Story of love as main line </li></ul></ul>
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