"There are great psychological problems present in the majority of Russian-American families, especially when the husband is from Russia and the wife is from America. The more Americanized the wife, the more difficult it is for a traditional Russian to establish mutual understanding with her. A great number of such marriages end in divorce. "
"In an overwhelming number of cases, at some stage, the generations of one family become more distant from each other, lose their ties and see each other only on major holidays several times a year. Incidentally, one of the most popular targets of jokes in America are mothers, which is jarring to ears of a person of different culture. These jokes are much more rude then, say, traditional Russian anecdotes about mothers-in-law. There is a traditional beginning: “Your mother is so fat (thin, hairy, ugly dirty etc.) that ...” Here are the most inoffensive examples: “Your mother is so fat that she can be seen on GPS”, “Your mother is so ugly that even blind children start to cry when they see her”, “Your mother’s mouth is so huge that she speaks with a stereo effect”, “Your mother is like a public library – everyone can enter her” or “Your mother is so dirty that the terrorists use the water in which she washes as a chemical weapon”. "
There are such jokes about other members of the family, but the mother is the main object. They reflect not lack of respect to mothers (a mother is respected here not less than in Russia, there is even a national holiday called Mother’s Day) but a certain historical provinciality of the everyday culture of the United States.
in the U.S., as a rule, people do not take each other by the elbow and do not tap each other on the shoulder if they want attention, they do not embrace each other like brothers
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