Date of Submission

Spring 2023

Academic Program

Anthropology; Russian and Eurasian Studies

Project Advisor 1

Naoko Kumada

Project Advisor 2

Olga Voronina

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This project is an anthropological examination of the Kyrgyz community living in Chicago. It involves a deep examination of who the Kyrgyz are as an ethnic group, how they have developed a shared identity, and how this identity forms the basis of their community in Chicago. It also includes an ethnographic examination of two formal organizations—a nonprofit and a restaurant—that are run by Kyrgyz people and serve the Kyrgyz population, and a similar examination of Kyrgyz-Chicagoans’ relationships to institutions. After analyzing the complex web of relations between community, organizations, and institutions, I argue that informal organizations and institutions are especially important for creating community among the Kyrgyz in Chicago, while formal organizations are especially important for sustaining community.

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