While on a research trip to Mongolia, my friend and I got addicted to savory little dumplings called manty. We joked that we’d start a dumpling stand, and started making dumplings from around the world… but then we realized that running a food cart is a lot of work. I’ve dropped the career idea, but kept the name. And instead of cooking up sweet little dumplings, this blog gathers stories and ideas that I hope are just as interesting.

dumpling cafe by ht, on Flickr

About the Author

I’m an academic librarian and enjoy researching personal names, Central Asia, and social and cultural economics on the side. I have a master’s in anthropology and another in librarianship, and worked internationally as a librarian in Kazakhstan for three years.

Many of you come to this blog looking for information on Kazakhstan. Leave a note with your email, and I’m happy to answer questions about schools and universities in Almaty and Astana, if I can!

Other sites: 

I collect artwork showing curvy women in a positive manner at Shapely Women, promote data librarians at Databrarians and share anthropological ideas with a general audience at PopAnth. My web publications include:

Many of my academic articles and presentation slides are also online.

Note: This is a personal blog and doesn’t represent any other people or organizations. I’m well aware that professional contacts can find my personal writing, but this isn’t intended as a professional portfolio. Like all humans, my ideas and perspectives change over time and in different contexts. Older posts are not a current statement, but I’ve kept them here as a valuable reminder of how we change over time!

13 thoughts on “About the Cart

  • January 2013 at 8 PM
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    Thanks for turning this blog public. Reading on my phone and don’t see a place to subscribe. Will you offer that? I too found Kazakh names fascinating and write about it in my book.

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    • January 2013 at 5 PM
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      Thanks for the comment! Google reader should track the RSS feed if you simply put the URL in, and there should be an “email me new posts” sidebar, although perhaps that’s invisible on a phone. I’d love to read what you’ve written about Kazakh names!

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  • May 2014 at 12 PM
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    I love reading all your stories. They take me to so many places I have never been. Thank you.

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    • May 2014 at 12 PM
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      Thank you! I’m so glad you’re reading and enjoying it 😀

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  • February 2016 at 10 PM
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    I’m so glad I found your website. I was searching for information on working as a librarian abroad (seems like I got a lot of hits for librarians in Kazakhstan!). I am working on an MLIS/MEd Instructional Tech with my specialization in academic libraries. It seems like many librarians jobs abroad are sponsored by schools who want you to have your school media licensure, which I do not have. I would love to hear about your experience you gained before going abroad (anything, lay it on me), and how you found your job, etc. Many thanks and love!!

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  • February 2016 at 2 PM
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    Susannah, I’m so glad this is useful. I know at least ten westerners who have cycled through libraries in Kazakhstan and I think it’s been a great experience for most of us. I’ll try to get a blog post going about how I went abroad and found my job… and send it to you soon!

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  • June 2017 at 5 AM
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    Hello, Celia
    I accidentally came across the website and find your posts very interesting. Being a kazakh citizen, it was nice to know your view of our country, customs and people. The post about how to catch a taxi in Astana is absolutely true:) By the way, you don’t live in Astana anymore, do you?

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  • June 2017 at 11 AM
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    Hi Yeldos,
    It’s good to hear from you! I don’t live in Astana at the moment… California instead, but would love to return. Have you been to the expo?

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    • June 2017 at 1 AM
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      California is my dream place to visit actually. Especially Hollywood:)
      I haven’t yet. But I certainly would go. Maybe the next week, on 4th July, it is a Day of the USA in EXPO.

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      • June 2017 at 3 PM
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        That would be nice! If you ever come to San Francisco area feel free to let me know.

      • July 2017 at 8 AM
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        Alright. And you too, if you come to Astana

  • January 2018 at 4 PM
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    I came upon your website looking up family ties, perrin. Don’t know if it will lead anywhere but it was great reading.

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    • January 2018 at 2 PM
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      Glad you liked it! Happy to compare notes if you have a Perrin similar to mine 🙂

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