Remembering the Kyrgyz Woman Who Adopted 150 Children During the Siege of Leningrad

“A legend”: this is how Kyrgyz and Russian media are referring to Toktogon Altybasarova, 91, who sheltered 150 children evacuated from Leningrad over the course of a two-and-a-half-year blockade during World War Two that cost up to a million lives.

In 1942, as Nazi Germany bombarded Russia’s second city, now called St. Petersburg, 16-year-old Altybasarova, who died last week on June 11, spared the evacuees from hunger and hosted them in a dormitory for local factory staff in her remote home village of Kurmenty, northeastern Kyrgyzstan.

She had just been elected head of her village council at the time.

Altybasarova determined the children’s age and gave them first names. Supervising a team of carers, she saw the children through to adulthood as they left to work and study in different parts of the Soviet Union.

According to Kyrgyzstan’s state broadcaster, Altybasarova kept and treasured letters from her adopted children until her death. 



The Television Center in Almaty (Alma-Ata), Kazakhstan, 1996. The building was built during the Soviet Era and unfortunately lacks information about its architect and construction date. It was inspired by the historical cities of Central Asia, whose regional capital was Almaty. The design recalls the Persian muqarnas (complicated geometric niches and domes clad in tiles or mirror) of the mosques and madrasas of Registan, Bukhara, and Khiva. The style was adapted to the cityscape by using metal cladding and glass.


Paintings by an Uzbek artist, Saira Keltaeva.

Saira Keltaeva was born on 16 May 1961 in Kumyshkan, Tashkent region, Uzbek SSR. In 1979 Saira Keltaeva graduated from the National Music Art School, boarding arts class on easel painting, she was taught under the guidance of Art teacher A.P.Perova - national artist of Uzbekistan. The same year she entered Theatre and Art Institute in Tashkent. Saira Keltaeva is a member of the Creative Union of Artists at the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan. Saira’s works are exhibited in museums and Art Galleries, as well as in private collections in Korea, China, Turkey, Germany, Holland, Italy, France and the United States.


So I decided to post my portfolio I made for Gobelins last spring. Not all the pages though :p

Gobelins part 01
This story is called “guardian of the mountain” (super original name as you can see)

It’s a mongolian based universe with a little bit of fantasy!

the main character is a little girl called Chuluun. She’s so easy to draw! X3

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 oui j'ai été prise :p c'est le début de la grande aventure là 8D haha merci!


The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan

Kaindy Lake is a 400 meter long lake in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Tian Shan Mountains located 129 km from the city of Almaty. The lake was created after an earthquake in 1911 that triggered a large landslide blocking the gorge and forming a natural dam. Subsequently, rainwater filled the valley and created the lake.

The lake is famous for its scenic beauty particularly the submerged forest and the imposing trunks of spruce trees that rises out of the lake water. The water is so cold (even in summer the temperature does not exceed 6 degrees) that the great pines still remain on the trees, even 100 years later. (x)

Half Indian/Half Filipina and from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (also in Asia, specifically West Asia for those of you who don’t know/still think that the Middle East is its own continent…btw admin, I also think that ‘West Asia’ should be included in the tagging options for submission posts! Lets be sure not to leave our West Asians out, just a friendly suggestion!) 

I’m angry because I was working the polling booths on Election Day in Canada and my poll partner said to me “You don’t look Filipino. You got the best of them, the best of their features. They’re not a very pretty people.“ 

My response: “Well, it’s all about perspective, because frankly I don’t think white people are very attractive either" 

She was silenced for the rest of the hour. 

Stand up for yourselves, be lethal, be aggressive, be proud of who you are and your identity. 

Side note: I don’t believe that white people in general are ugly, and I don’t generally believe in putting down any one group based on their racial/physical characteristics, I don’t believe that any one racial/ethnic group is more pretty or more ugly than any other, however I do believe that sometimes giving assholes with ingrained and institutionalized racism a taste of their own medicine is indeed the answer at times. 

-   ethnic-luxe.tumblr.com  aka @larajaan

mod note: I added West Asia as a tag on this post. I also just added West Asia as a suggested tag on the submit page. Thanks for the suggestion! -Jannat