Accented American, & Proud
February 10, 2016 - accent chair
Every time Elona Vaisnys speaks people wish to know where she is from.
“Because we have an accent,” she said. “I was comparison than 9 when we came to a States, and by that age a intelligent cortex matures, and we keep a accent unless we work on losing it.”
But Vaisnys pronounced she never felt a vigour to remove her a accent.
“I complicated other languages, and Americans are really passive and accept anyone vocalization English with an accent,” she told WNHH-LP’s “K Pasa” horde Norma Rodriguez-Reyes on a latest part of a show.
Vaisnys came to be an American who speaks English with an accent after her family left Lithuania to shun a Soviet Union when she was 13. “We were refugees, usually like a people who are using from Syria now,” she pronounced of her family, that left Lithuania with a garments on their backs and 3 suitcases.
Today she serves as co-president of a League of Women Voters of Hamden-Norrth Haven, as good as membership executive of a state league.
Vaisnys spoke on a module about what it was like to be in need of retreat and to find and find it in a U.S.
The family, that enclosed her mom and father and dual other siblings, lived in replaced persons camps in Austria for 4 years before being connected with a priest during a Connecticut church in need of an organist. Her father had been a arch show conductor of a state show behind in Lithuania and knew how to play a organ.
“That’s how we got to New Britain,” she said.
“You wish to be Helen. Ellen. Or Eleanor,” she was told in school. “I said, ‘No. we am Elona.’”
Unlike immigrants of yore who wanted to shake off their aged identity, or were forced to do so, her family found a colourful Lithuanian-American village that helped them say their tie to their aged home, while assisting them navigate their new one. The village helps members of a village not usually to say their temperament today, though also to pass it on a generations of Lithuanians innate in a U.S.
“We reconstituted Lithuania in a U.S.,” Vaisnys said. “We accommodate all over a U.S. We send a children to summer camp, some to denunciation soak camps and inhabitant events like final year’s strain festival. We have Saturday schools to learn a children a language. We keep in hold with any other.”
Vasinys majored in French novel during Boston College. One day she beheld errors in a book for one of her courses; she wrote to a author — who happened to chair Yale’s French department. The highbrow invited her for a chat, and afterwards organised for her to accept a full grant to Yale, where she warranted her PhD.
Vasinys went on to offer as a commissioner on a U.S. Presidential Commission, work in a Governor’s Office of Policy and Management and offer on a inhabitant state and internal levels of a League of Women Voters, including her stream positions.
A revisit behind to Lithuania struck home a significance of a county sector, with volunteers ancillary a polite society—a zone that thrives in a U.S., and was compelled in a former Soviet Union. Hence her joining to organizations like a League.
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