By: Lauren Maio
Bulgaria is a country in South Eastern Europe that dates back to 7th century AD. It borders other countries such as Greece and Turkey and is the 39th most popular place for tourists.
Little do SCCC faculty, staff and students know, our very own Math professor, Iordan P. Michev, emigrated here with his family being from Bulgaria. Prior to the US immigration, the Michev family lived in Japan from October 1997 to August of 1999. The family did not exactly experience “culture shock” when they arrived here because it had already occurred when they settled down in Japan.
“It still wasn’t easy living on Long Island for six months. We were using transportation during this time and I had to learn how to drive at 40 years old”, he explained. After living in Kyoto Japan and attending the University, the family moved to Boston, MA in September of 1999. Michev was a teaching at Boston University when they arrived but left shortly in December of ’99.
“Since January of 2000 we have been living on Long Island and I have been teaching at SCCC. At first , we encountered a lot of visa problems (J1- and H-1B basis) but have finally become Permament residents with a green card”. In the near future, Michev and his family will apply for US citizenship. It is a long and difficult process to go through in the country because a test is mandatory.
This is someone who has lived in a variety of counties that are all so different. After World War II, Bulgaria was ruled by a communist state and did not get their democracy back until 1990 because there revolutions of 1989 forced the government out of the country. Japan has undergone several problems as well, especially during World War II when they bombed Pearl Harbor. They were ruled by a government were the people had no voice and to this day , they have a prime minister.
As we all know, The US has never experienced such rulers and never will because of our pride in freedom. The Michevs have moved to a country where they can vote and learn to drive without anyone telling them “no”. “ We did not have problems adjusting to the American way of life”, he said. Now, Japan and Bulgaria have more democracy than they ever did.