One Day Of A Special Boy

One Day Of A Special Boy

Janali, Janik, Kara-batyr… an ordinary 5-year old boy from Almaty. Everyone likes him. One girl even wants “to eat him like chocolate”. Butthe truth is he’s just a boy like everyone else. Go through another day of Janik’s life.

One Day Of A Special Boy

One Day Of A Special BoyMeet Janali.

One Day Of A Special Boy

But everyone calls him Janik.

One Day Of A Special Boy

He’s 5 years old. He attends kindergarden.

One Day Of A Special Boy

However he is still got dressed with the help of his mum or granny.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Every day Janik takes “a toy of a day” with him.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Sometimes the decision is too difficult.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Ajeka – Janik’s lovely great granny. Janik is her 11th great grandson and of course the favourite one.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Every day the boy goes to the wide world.

One Day Of A Special Boy

But Janik is not afraid of it.

One Day Of A Special Boy

His mother is worrying about him. “Our life is often unfair,” she says.

One Day Of A Special Boy

But Janik is fine. He has friends and the adults pamper him.

One Day Of A Special Boy

He’s growing a smart and kind person.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Children respect him. Educators say that Janik has leadership skills but he isn’t aggressive at all.

One Day Of A Special Boy

“Children pay no attention to social, ethnic, racial and even language differences,” says Janik’s educator. So everyone was surprised when a new girl from China who didn’t speak Russian and other children from the kindergarden related very well to each other.

One Day Of A Special Boy

The same thing happend with Janik although he’s got different color.

One Day Of A Special Boy

You wouldn’t find a racist or a nationalist at any kindergarden throughout the world. Maybe we should take it into account and listen to children.

One Day Of A Special Boy

3 times a week Janik has taekwondo training.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Beside physical skills taekwondo imroves character – honesty, nobleness and magnanimity.

One Day Of A Special Boy

One Day Of A Special Boy

Coach is authority and a fine example of a man for Janik.

One Day Of A Special Boy

There is severe discipline at the training although the couch isn’t very strict.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Danik has “white belt”. Its principle is respect and attention.

One Day Of A Special Boy

This weekend Janik will try to get “yellow belt” (honesty).

One Day Of A Special Boy

At the training he is among men while at home – among women. And it’s of great importance.

One Day Of A Special Boy

That’s why many single mothers send their boys to taekwondo classes.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Sometimes in public places people just stare at Janik because of his color. But it’s ok.

One Day Of A Special Boy

It doesn’t matter. Everyone likes Janik.

One Day Of A Special Boy

One day he told that a girl from kindergarden called him ” a chocolate ” and said that she would eat him..

One Day Of A Special Boy

His mother never felt sorry for Janik’s birth.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Janik’s mum parted with his father but she believes that one day they will meet each other.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Janik has many many questions.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Of course sometimes there are scandals… because of the toys so far.

One Day Of A Special Boy

But the compromise is always reached.

One Day Of A Special Boy

One Day Of A Special Boy

It’s a yardman. He calls Janik Kara-batyr that means a man of courage. One day he gave him a can of milk and said that Kara-batyr should drink a lot of milk.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Special milk for Kara-batyr.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Janik spends a lot of time with his great granny. She’s a wise and cheerful  person

One Day Of A Special Boy

Great granny helps to grow-up Janik. She’s the only near and dear exept his mum.

One Day Of A Special Boy

One Day Of A Special Boy

No matter who Janik will become he will always be supported by the family.

One Day Of A Special Boy

Have a nice sleep… a little batyr!

One Day Of A Special Boy

Location: Almaty

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41 thoughts on “One Day Of A Special Boy”

    • The reason young children are never usually racist or prejudice is mainly because they are not old enough to learn such things from their parents.

      Most people learn such things from their parents at this age they are too young to pick up on such thoughts and ideas.Myself for example my mother never made prejudice or racist statements but my father sometimes did/does and I just happened to follow my mothers example and not my fathers.I f however both parents are racist then the children are very likely to learn this behavior.Everything in life is learned from the example of others one way or another.

  1. Russia used to be a part of the multiethnic and multicultural union and people there are tolerant to racial difference, so I don’t really see what is so special about this story…

    • With creation of the Slavic Union and other white supremacist group of the sort and Russian involvement in the conflict region of the Caucasus, those things has really impacted Russian perspective on people from Southern Russia. The sad thing is currently Russia is going in the opposite direction of their multiethnic and multicultural tradition.

  2. “”He calls Janik Kara-batyr that means a man of courage”” kara-batyr= child bathed in snow,so cold gives him/her strenght and endurance

        • Exactly. In Tsarist Russia the “Bourgeois class” had no need to import African slaves. They had they’re own peasant surfs to do the hard work for them. After the Revolution most immigration was from within the Communist block. After the fall of Communism Russia hasn’t seen a lot immigration due to the economic situation. So even today the African population of Russia is a fraction of one percent, or something like that. Russia IS multi-ethnic. Traditionally African just isn’t one of those ethnicities. That’s all.

    • Probably American in that case. African-American culture is rather disturbingly in a bad rut compared to other African descendants around the world. Sad but true. And no i don’t know how to fix it. They need to figure that one out themselves.

  3. Ignorant question; how bad is racism in Russia? On a trip to Russia and Ukraine I was treated extremely well, even before they found out I’m American (American-Mexican to be exact). In St.Petersburg I saw a lot of what we in the states would call “Asian”. I saw very few black people. The reason I was there was because a cousin of mine was getting married to a Russian from Nigerian descent and met online. Is this a small town or something. That baby wouldn’t be considered dark in the States, just not white.

    • Asians in Russia! I don’t believe it!

      Note the sarcasm… I guess you Mexican Americans aren’t familiar with this thing known as a map that shows Russia in (wait for it… wait for it…) the Asian continent.

      Nigerians are scammers, they go to Russia to scam Westerners into giving them money (often on the subway) with fake sob stories of getting stuck in Russia.

  4. Westerners don’t comprehend what is so special about him. He looks to be of African mixed race. Africans are something like a fraction of a percent of the population in Russia. they never imported African slaves, after all they were a peasant state of slaves themselves! After the revolution immigration to the Soviet Union was next to non existent from outside the East, and Russia hasn’t exactly been an immigration mecca since the fall of Communism. So for a lot of Russians it still very unusual to meet someone of African decent face to face. Heck, Russian cops even thought it was a great April fools joke to dress a black man up as a policemen and have him pull over confused motorist, although i think they were as much shocked he appeared to be an honest cop rather then that he was black. lol

  5. I’m glad i read this post. After a bit of googling i learned something new. Alexander Pushkin, the great Russian writer and poet, actually had a black great grandfather! He was a french educated black page raised by Peter the Great. I knew he had European ancestry from various nations, but no idea about the African connection to his family tree. I wonder how this mixed couple was received in Tsarist Russia? Was the relationship accepted as normal among the Russian Bourgeois? Or was it a darker situation then that for them?

  6. Africans have different genetics because their ancestors evolved in Africa and Kazakh evolved in Central Asia. It’s not a skin tone difference, it’s racist to believe that the only difference between him and others is the skin tone.

    Kazakhstan appears to be doing quite well, the apartment, mall and school shown seem to be much nicer than many of those shown in Russia.

  7. awwwwwwwwwww thats so cute! This boy just needs some toy-cars, some figures, and friends and a lovely little home to be happy…..OUR KIDS WANT XBOX360s, WII, or the stupid toys, …..you know: play-with-it-1-time-and-they-are-boring-stuff

  8. Truthteller, really? Is that so? I didn’t realize that most stockbrokers and bankers were of African descent.

    I learned something new today. Thank you.

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