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Graduate Student Profile: Hannah Reiss

A video interview with Hannah Reiss, PhD candidate in Anthropology

Duration: 01:58

Map of Central Asia

Hannah Reiss is a Ph.D. student in the UCLA department of Anthropology where she focuses on medical and psychological anthropology. Hannah is currently designing her dissertation research on Tajikistan that will address issues of migration to Russia and the growing problem of infectious disease in Tajikistan. She is interested in how discussions of health within the family and narratives of illness are influenced by political and ideological ties beyond the borders of Tajikistan to the Middle East (particularly Iran) and to Russia. Hannah spent the summers of 2009 and 2010 in Tajik speaking cities in Central Asia, first in Samarkand, Uzbekistan and then in Dushanbe and Penjikent in Tajikistan.


TRANSLATION OF TAJIK SONG

Why didn’t you look at me
Why didn’t you look at me

I adore your black eyebrows
I adore your black eyebrows

Why didn’t you put more (usma) mascara [on your eyebrows]
Why didn’t you put more (usma) mascara [on your eyebrows]

Why did you walk breaking, not straight
Why did you walk breaking, not straight
 

Notes:

Why did you walk breaking, not straight  - She sings about why you walked not straight but unusually different (breaking) that attracted me to you, that I got interested on you.


(translation and notes by Sharaf Davlatov)

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