Revisiting my Soviet childhood in Moldova, 30 years on
(CNN) -- For as long as I can remember, I have struggled to explain to people where I'm from.
Americans know of the Soviet Union but have little idea of the different characters of the republics that made up the former USSR.
Calling myself Russian didn't feel authentic. Yet when I referred to Moldavia, where I actually grew up, I would get blank stares.
"It's called Moldova now," I would say. "Where is it?" the question would immediately follow.
As the decades went by,...