Bering Bridge

Bering Bridge by Paul Schurke chronicles the American-Soviet expedition from Siberia to Alaska in 1989 that sought to open relations between the two nations. This wasn’t only a symbolic gesture to bring together the Cold War adversaries. It is a more concrete reconnection of the native Eskimo peoples on both sides of the Bering Strait whose ancient trade routes had been severed, and in some cases even bloodlines divided, by the animosity between America and the Soviet Union. I enjoyed learning about this piece of history that I’d never before heard of, and it stands as a tale of vision, perseverance, and adventure. There are interesting insights to be had concerning the confusion and miscommunications that can happen between different cultures, and touching moments as separated Eskimo ties are brought back together.

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