Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Entries Tagged as 'Tajikistan'

“They Think Drums Are Not for Women”

November 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on “They Think Drums Are Not for Women”

I first became aware of Tajikistan’s tiny rock scene this past summer, when I read this dispatch about the straight-edge, black-metal band Al-Azif. I am always drawn to stories about artists who create despite hardship, and so I was naturally intrigued by the band’s zeal for playing Western music in such an oppressively conservative country. […]


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Accept Your Lot in Life

October 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Whoever was in charge of putting together this orientation handbook (PDF) for St. Petersburg’s migrant workers probably had the best of intentions. Yet their decision to portray those workers as mere tools, as opposed to flesh-and-blood humans like the welcoming Russians, was a revealing faux pas. As a Tajik blogger so forcefully put it: We […]


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The Western Union Economy

July 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Western Union Economy

As we continue to plow through Patrick Radden Keefe’s excellent The Snakehead, we’ve been giving tons of thought to the impact of immigrant remittances. We never cease to be amazed by how much working-class immigrants are able to save and then contribute to the families they left behind—so much, in fact, that some economies become […]


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