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Living in the city of stone

Tashkent youth dream not only of America and Europe, but South Korea as well, being one of Uzbekistanís strongest economic partners. Itís no coincidence that Korean is an alternative to English as a foreign language, being that it provides access to better jobs and salaries. Apparently a good university education would seem to provide access to an adequate Western standard of living. However, in Uzbekistan, invested with a deep culture of patronage, itís easier to finish college by purchasing a degree than by merit or actually studying. Taskent youth are a wonderful example of tolerance and positive coexistence as Uzbekistan is comprised of several different ethnic groups. Firstly Uzbeks, but also Tajik, Tartar, Armenian, Russian, Korean and Kazakh. Seemingly no cultural differences exist since first Russian, then Uzbek, are the languages of communication, as if the Soviet period still existed.

The majority of Tashkent youth have never been outside of Uzbekistan nor have they seen other Uzbek cities like Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Karimov, the eternal president, maintains a continuous media censorship with little other than Russian entertainment and music available.

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Lilya studies English and Japanese. It was not her choice but her fatherís desire, hoping that in the future she can find a job as a tour operator.
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Yan is Russian. He lives with his uncle because his parents are still in Russia. Heís unemployed.
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The interior of a foreign language studentís home near Chilonzor.
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Public housing near Oybek.
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An Armenian pop singer rehearses at the National Conservatory of Tashkent.
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A student rehearses at the National Conservatory of Tashkent.
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Boris is Russian. After six months and finding a job as a part-time warehouseman, he still dreams of going back to Saint Petersburg, where his family and friends await.
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Interior.
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A young Tajik-Armenian couple.
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A room interior of an Armenian family house.
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An example of Soviet architecture of the Ď70s.
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After 1998ís crisis, in order to sustain the main economical activity, cotton cultivation, child labor is diffusely tolerated.
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Joha is a Muslim Uzbek. He strongly believes that the westernization of the city will only bring decay. He is deeply respected by his friends and is in a relationship with a Christian Armenian girl he wants to marry.
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Kamola speaks fluently English thanks to the American TV series she watches at the local internet point and to the expensive private school her family manages to send her to, with great economical sacrifices.
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A scrap of a Lada near the racetrack bazaar in the Armenian neighborhood.
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A russian guy plays with his nephew.
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After the 1966 earthquake, the Soviet Union decided to rebuild Tashkent following the regime dictates. In a little more than ten years, Tashkent became one of the main cities for the people of the former Soviet empire.
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Kristina: an aspiring model of Armenian origins.
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A living room interior of a wealthy Tajik family.
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A carousel near the Babur park.
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