2007.11.20: November 20, 2007: Headlines: COS - Uzbekistan: COS - Kazakhstan: Registan: RPCV Michael Hancock writes: I flew to Tashkent, Uzbekistan in January of 2005 to join Peace Corps Uzbekistan. Following the Andijon Massacre and the ensuing closure of the Peace Corps program in Uzbekistan, I opted to transfer my service to Kazakhstan.

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RPCV Michael Hancock writes: I flew to Tashkent, Uzbekistan in January of 2005 to join Peace Corps Uzbekistan. Following the Andijon Massacre and the ensuing closure of the Peace Corps program in Uzbekistan, I opted to transfer my service to Kazakhstan.

RPCV Michael Hancock writes: I flew to Tashkent, Uzbekistan in January of 2005 to join Peace Corps Uzbekistan. Following the Andijon Massacre and the ensuing closure of the Peace Corps program in Uzbekistan, I opted to transfer my service to Kazakhstan.

I was placed in Sayram specifically to provide an Uzbek community with a Volunteer, since Peace Corps Kazakhstan did not train Volunteers in languages other than Kazakh or Russian. During my 5 ½ months in Uzbekistan, I studied Russian, though my site was the predominantly Uzbek city of Jizzax, halfway between Tashkent and Samarkand. In Kazakhstan I studied Kazakh, even though this did not do much to prepare me for learning Uzbek. The alphabets have small differences, the grammar is slightly different, and various other minor changes added up to the point where all of my Kazakh left me while I studied Uzbek in Sayram. My Russian, on the other hand, was always my safety net in Chimkent, the big city nearby.

RPCV Michael Hancock writes: I flew to Tashkent, Uzbekistan in January of 2005 to join Peace Corps Uzbekistan. Following the Andijon Massacre and the ensuing closure of the Peace Corps program in Uzbekistan, I opted to transfer my service to Kazakhstan.

Amir Temur in World History: A Review

CoverTodayís book review is the rare gem Amir Temur in World History, only published in Uzbekistan. Published by the Tashkent ďSharqĒ Printing Office in 1996, weighing in at 258 pages, only 3000 copies were printed. Itís an academic work, and the names printed are as follows: Iriskulov, A. [editor]; Saidkasimov, Saidmoukhtar; et al. Iím sad to say that even if there werenít three names on it, youíd still be able to tell that three people [at least] were involved on throwing it together. Itís very difficult to cuddle with, and is definitely a sentimental part of my book collection, not a useful part.

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My name is Michael Hancock. Iím 26 years old. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but I wasnít born here. I was raised in rural mid-Michigan, in the thumb region, if you care to visualize the lower peninsula of Michigan as a mitten. I finished High School and went off to Western Michigan University, where I majored in Music Composition and English. In 2003 I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.

Following some Music writing gigs and composition projects, I applied for and was accepted in the US Peace Corps. I flew to Tashkent, Uzbekistan in January of 2005 to join Peace Corps Uzbekistan. Following the Andijon Massacre and the ensuing closure of the Peace Corps program in Uzbekistan, I opted to transfer my service to Kazakhstan. I began my second Peace Corps term on June 1st, 2005. After a second round of cultural and language training, I moved to my site of Sayram, in South Kazakhstan Oblast, near Shymkent [Chimkent, as the Uzbeks in my town called it]. I was placed in Sayram specifically to provide an Uzbek community with a Volunteer, since Peace Corps Kazakhstan did not train Volunteers in languages other than Kazakh or Russian. During my 5 ½ months in Uzbekistan, I studied Russian, though my site was the predominantly Uzbek city of Jizzax, halfway between Tashkent and Samarkand. In Kazakhstan I studied Kazakh, even though this did not do much to prepare me for learning Uzbek. The alphabets have small differences, the grammar is slightly different, and various other minor changes added up to the point where all of my Kazakh left me while I studied Uzbek in Sayram. My Russian, on the other hand, was always my safety net in Chimkent, the big city nearby.

In Sayram I taught English to students from the 2nd to the 11th forms, and lived with a host-family for two years, finishing my service in June 2007. My plans are now to pursue a Masters Degree in Central Asian Studies and return to the region as soon as I can. Iím not planning on living there permanently, but I canít deny that it certainly has a hold of my attention now and for the foreseeable future. I keep a personal blog [www.peaceclog.com] which I started at the beginning of my Peace Corps adventure, and I also am Vice President of the NPO New Music Project [www.newmusicproject.org] out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, which is a business concerned with supporting classical music composers at the beginning of their career. Shameless plugs out of the way, I hope that you now have a little better idea of who I am, and where Iím coming from. Iím hoping to regularly contribute with book reviews and any news reports I receive from my friends still in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.




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