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Tell me who you laugh at… and I will tell you who you are!

By Asya Pereltsvaig | March 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

A recent GeoCurrents post discussed Russian jokes about the Chukchis. But why is this specific indigenous group among so many others is chosen as the butt of jokes about stupidity? According to Emil Draitser’s Taking penguins to the movies: ethnic humor in Russia, there are several reasons why the Chukchis acquired this position over nearly a hundred other indigenous groups …

Chukchis In Russian Jokes and In History

By Asya Pereltsvaig | | 24 Comments

Anyone familiar with the contemporary Russian humorous folklore (jokelore, or in Russian anekdoty) knows that one of the most popular series of such jokes revolves around the Chukchis, the native people of Chukotka, the most remote northeast corner of Russia. These jokes, especially popular in 1990s and 2000s, fit the international genre of ethnic stupidity jokes, discussed by Christie Davies …

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