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Added by Qristina Zavačková Cummings on April 14, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Speaking Out

So, yesterday I had to read part of a paper I wrote--which I hope might become part of my thesis. It was what they call an "autoethnography", which is something that include your own voice and research that other's have completed.

I wrote about my life as phurnavi (light-skinned Roma) and difficult and hurtful times because of it. It was hard to write and even harder to read. …


Added by Qristina Zavačková Cummings on March 22, 2012 at 18:00 — 2 Comments


I found out that I won't get to speak at the TEDx event. I think that I am not good enough or something. I really wanted to give a talk about Roma and the Porajmos and education for our children. I gave them an outline and they said to me:

"There aren't Roma in the United States and if there are somewhere, they aren't in our area"... I said, but wait, I'm Roma! They said, no, you're not Roma...

So, I am very upset. I feel like I've let myself and everyone down. I don't have PhD…


Added by Qristina Zavačková Cummings on March 19, 2012 at 4:03 — 2 Comments

What are you?

I was asked today, "what are you?" when I was talking about Rroma. They said, no no, there are no Romanians here. I said no, I am Rroma. So, I had to explain gypsy.

They told me "you don't look like one, you can't be one". I argue for an hour that my ethnicity is what I say it is.

I am not used to that. In Europe people hate me openly for being prostitute dirty thieving gypsy. Here in US people think I "died out" or don't exist. Or worst still, I am a ... Disney…


Added by Qristina Zavačková Cummings on February 28, 2012 at 1:08 — No Comments

Baxtali sem.

či džanav sar. aj, ćerav bući crra pe vrjama. so džanes te ćeres…

puh… či halam vadži…. me sem bokhalo! so si te halpe???!!!! naj manřo… mislil-pe adžes či hav mahklo! 


adžes si šukar vrjama numa šl si mande …

si tumende ašundon e mulikane čiriklja? thaj čiřiklořa? Mende si čiřiklořa… thaj.. gravoro. 

lačhe… šaj jek kafava?



Added by Qristina Zavačková Cummings on February 17, 2012 at 23:30 — No Comments


I am trying to incorporate Rroma into my masters thesis. I want to make it personal but... I don't know how. I feel like no one Rroma is in Masters programs. I don't know who to ask or anything. I feel like I'm going to fail because I can't frame my own story. Does that even make sense? I feel it could be a chance to educate those in my program, my university, my area about Rroma and about our lives. No, we are not indigenous but we are still worthy of respect. We…


Added by Qristina Zavačková Cummings on February 8, 2012 at 2:30 — 3 Comments

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