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My Romanian heritage and American upbringing have molded me into a hybrid of cultures. This ‘visual memoir’ is a personal journey of reflection and cultural exploration, at times biased by both parental propaganda and my American upbringing. These posters chronicle Romania’s past, present, and future.

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The full essay and a closer look at the meanings of each illustration can be found on the blog here.

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Little is known – among Romanian youth and the broader Western world – of the horrors committed by the Romanian Communist regime over the 40 years of its dictatorship.

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Despite efforts for good change, the past still hangs heavy throughout many regions of Romania.

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The ambiguities and turmoil of Romania's past have continued to take their toll on the country and its people, even as they try to look to the future.

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Romania today is a construct of its rich history. This 'summary' poster represents Romania's past (Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, top), present (current President, Traian Basescu, middle), and future (little girl, bottom). Her innocence and purity of youth represents the hope for Romania's future.

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We are products of our experiences, choices, beliefs, and histories. We are marked and influenced by our origins and shaped by our actions and reactions.

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