Ukrainian-American author tells the story of a unique life in Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Several people in northeastern Wisconsin have done all they can to help Ukrainians fighting overseas. One group that has been among the most active in this effort is Wisconsin Ukrainians Inc.
And on Saturday, this group made another valiant effort to help raise awareness of the crisis in Ukraine by hosting an “authors get-together” in Green Bay with Ukrainian-American author Dr. Ruslana Westerlund.
Dr. Westerlund, who now resides in Wisconsin, is the author of “From Borsch to Burgers” which was published in 2019. The memoir chronicles his immigration as well as his journey to rebuild his life in the United States.
“It’s a metaphor for intercultural life. I’m Ukrainian and I’ve lived in the United States since 1995 and so in this book I talk about what it means to live interculturally I talk a lot about Ukraine and my upbringing and my childhood, and also my life in the Midwest in Minnesota and Wisconsin,” Dr. Westerlund shared.
Dr. Westerlund was invited to the event to share some of these life stories with guests so they could learn more about what life in Ukraine was like for her.
During the event, Dr. Westerlund also spoke about the resilient people of Ukraine and the important history of Ukraine’s centuries-old struggle for independence, which helped Wisconsin residents better understand why this struggle is so important for the Ukrainian people.
Those interested in reading “Borsch to Burgers” and learning more about Dr. Westerlund and his unique story can purchase the memoir on Amazon.