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A Tradition in Two Worlds: Russian-American Cultural Exchange

On a warm April evening in 1990 on a bank of the Dnepr River in Kiev, I was sharing a traditional Central Asian meal with the Uzbek delegation to the Second International Folklore Festival. A Russian representative of the Soviet Ministry of Culture raised his glass to the success of the festival and invited everyone present to the next international Soviet-sponsored festival planned for Tashkent in 1992.

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