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I Have Learned From James Wilkie
I grew up
in the Maramures region, Romani, where I
have my first memories. The region was
much nicer, ethnically more diverse,
better climate, and more geographic
diversity, with the Mountains of Gutinul
and the rivers of Iza and Tisa, as Tisa
was the natural border with the Ukraine
before the cold war settled in in 1947.
We had vampires, and wolverines, but
all these mythological characters were
actually members of the communist party,
which everyone had to join.
college I excelled in History and English,
as well as French Languages.
I was admitted to the University in Cluj,
in the heart of Transylvania, namely the
American Language and Literature –Romanian
Language And Literature Department of
Philology. The Boljay University Is
considered the Best University in
Transylvania. Once I started mentoring
other students, I was happy and had the
sense of freedom, reading and writing
comprehension being my forté for the
following years at the University in the
heart of Transylvania. I always dreamt of
being a professor, and a writer.
professors, started reading the mounds of
new Decrees every day, which made me
laugh, and staff of the university was
suspicious of me not believing their
“expose” in the classrooms. Professors
were trying to befuddle us with words from
a wooden language, totally bent toward
twisting our brains into confused
submission. Professors, securitate
officers were acting as sweaty
bureaucrats, and Eagle minds trying to
tell us what to think. Not one professor
asked us, “What do you really think, all
Each professor had their favorite students
and made sure they pointed this out in
class, stifling any competition, and were
showing openly their favoritism or
When I reached 22 years, I started being
argumentative, and started criticizing
professors, esp. the history professor. I
was getting so sick at academics yelling
at us, and being forced to do the military
service as a woman in the academia. After
all, Americans were coming to take away
our socialist country. We were doomed as a
nation, I was taught in History classes,
by being taken over by foreign powers,
especially the Americans. Because the
Russians already did. Sic! The Russians
have been directing Romanian politicians
As awful as it sounds I learned the hard
way and bought my books from the black
We couldn’t buy books in English, and I
was an English major.
We couldn’t talk to foreigners, and the
atmosphere was dreadful in classes.
Restrictions were plentiful and absurd.
Speech was not free; one couldn’t argue in
class, or make any real analysis or
debate. You had to regurgitate what they
were telling you, and read whatever was
there in the old books stacked in the
I was an English major, but could
not get the books in English necessary for
the Exams. They did not exist. Talking to
foreigners in English or answering one
question was a crime, according to a
stupid decree. Abortion was a crime for 20
years. Doctors performing it ended up in
jail, and so did the pregnant women.
Punishments were ridiculous, e.g. 5 years
jail for an abortion for 40 years.
Furthermore if my uncle from Canada
visited us, we were all under
surveillance, the entire family. Even
today, in 2014 one has to go and declare
if you have family visiting from the USA
or CANADA for some bizarre security
reasons. Well after 22 years, not much has
changed in poor Romania.
Nobody underwent this.
I was a
professor of Romanian and English in
Sighetu Marmatiei, Maramures County, at
School #2. It was very exacting commuting
all the time from Tisa where I lived in
our private Museum (Pipas Museum of Art)
to Sighet. So, finally I decided to leave
in 1986, and traveled to the border, as
well as paid a smuggler to take me to
Yugoslavia. We were caught on the border
and sent back in 1984.
The jail was so cold in Timisoara
to keep the bacterias and viruses that
it made everybody sick internally with
the cold and the flue. Most of civil
society was imprisoned, for trying to
open the system, and denounce the
Ceausescu dictatorship. The blanket was
as warm as a Kleenex tissue. Moreover
there were no pillow, and the concrete
slab where inmates slept was a
back-breaker. The lights were on 24
hours a day, blinding all of us, and
there was constant observation. Every
hour one was awakened to be counted at
5am. All under the guise of watching out
for suicides. But everyone could be
clearly seen by the guards, and there
was no need to sleep-deprive inmates, as
they were doing. There was also someone
in the higher echelon ripping off the
food bill. They served only baby
carrots, and spicy beans.
mother was so confused by the propaganda,
that she started crying when I was freed
from jail, feeling very emotional after
the death of the nation’s father,
up with all the restrictions, and full
of frustrations, I hit the border with
I have been unfairly jailed as I tried to
leave the country in 1986. I was ready to
give up my freedom, just to escape an
impossible country, with impossible
In 1989, Ceausescu finally pardoned
everybody who tried to escape the
horrendous conditions in the country.
The first act of freedom I have performed
it was to secure a passport for myself.
And got married to Valerian Pipas, a
famous violinist from Virismort, Tisa in
Maramures county. Otherwise the consulate
would not have given me the visas.
Conditions were one had to be married, and
own a house. Truly I enjoyed being married
to a musician; he played the violin and I
danced tango and csardas in weekends.
I have been teaching English in Sighet,
Tisa, and Giulesti, as well as Camara for
another 10 years. Conditions were
absolutely horrific; no heating in
schools, no teaching material, and
constant harassment from colleagues of
being informed on. And constant
Over 1000 young students were killed in
the University square by the Securitate
(security) agents when Ceausescu was shot.
By gunshots. A bloody revolution started
out civil war started in December 15th, in
1989. Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was shot,
together with his wife Elena, execution
Luckily I could start now get a passport
and visas I was dreaming about for
escaping to the West. Even when Ceausescu
was dead, change was happening
excruciatigly slow, in all domains of
met Jim, in the city of Sighet, I decided
to finally leave Romania, well after an
execution squad shot the Ceausescus in
December 26, 1989 for Christmas.
Such a nice gift to the Romanian people.
When the regime changed in 1990, I was
free to get a passport, and started
Organizing Conferences and Seminars at the
University of Babes-Boljay, in the heart
of Transylvania. Together with James
Wilkie, we have opened a PROFMEX office in
Moscow, headed by Boris Koval.
I was mostly writing on destatification
and privatization of Romanian
companies. 51% of MARA, the textiles
company I researched was finally sold to
the Germans. The opening up
of Romania to the world has finally
begun. And so did my eyes open with
having met James W Wilkie on a
beautiful day of September 16th, in
It was on a rainy September 16tth day, in
Sighet. Being the only English speaker in
town, I was called to translate for a
small group of academics by the mayor.
Shortly after I have met James Wilkie, and
James Platler, the two American professors
from UCLA, I realized I could leave and
that I was meant to see the world.
The two professors were doing
a study on the effects of the Cold War
in post-socialist countries.
I stated my observations and my truths to
James Wilkie, as I saw a kindred spirit in
him the moment I have first talked to him.
Many of my thoughts were very valuable to
Dr Wilkie, who then asked me to guide the
academic group through Eastern Europe.
The academics were traveling in a German
Opel (a U.S. made car). I took them to the
Museum of my friend, Ms. Mihaly de Apsa,
in my hometown, Sighet. We then went to
the Merry Cemetery, the unique “happy
cemetery” in the world.
I will start by explaining the places I
went in 1991, mainly one of the most
beautiful part of Romania, through Pasul
Prislop. We then continued and went
together around Romania, visited the
monasteries of Moldova, C-lung
Moldovenesc, Suceava, Sucevita and Agapia
monasteries. Then we went to Lacul Rosu.
We took the scenic road to Cluj Napoca,
where I was trying to get the plane in
order to fly out to Paris, in France. I
had all the visas. But there was no
flight. Nobody took credit cards at that
point in Romania. James Wilkie taught me
what CREDIT was.
I fell in
love with Jim Wilkie. After this I am
going to call him JW.
I was deeply in love with James Wilkie,
whom has hired me as a guide.
After I explained to Prof James the failed
privatization process in Transylvania, he
said: “call me Jim”, which made
conversation much easier, on a first
Being very adament on leaving the country,
we finally left for Budapest after the
airport visit in Cluj Napoca. There were
no planes there whatsoever. So, Dr James
Platler was driving strong, and in 2 days
we got through Budapest, finally, and then
got out towards Austria and Germany.
Platler, Jim’s colleague was worried that
I was a spy that is because everywhere we
went, we received special private rooms,
and great Hotel deals, plus good lunches
at the Monastery, where I was a good
friend with the Mother Superior.
But, after reflecting on the situation,
James decided to help me get out of
Romania. In Budapest I obtained the
Austrian visa, where I needed a simple
transit visa. James Wilkie had tremendous
confidence. He was irradiating confidence.
After, getting the Austrian
visa, we next travelled to Kobentzl,
overlooking Salzburg, in Austria
talking about the global economy. We
even spent most of our time down
Salzburg city, taking pictures, and JW
was teaching me constantly economics,
how the world of development worked:
finances, credit, and interest.
JP had more faith in me than ever.
Then we went to Munich, where we
I have decided to stay in the West, which
is in France. I had my family friends
waiting for me. I took the plane to Paris,
from Munich, to fly out to Bordeaux to
meet the family, which invited me to
France. JW had to go back to teach. He
promised he would return for me soon. I
was already missing James W., hardly had
he disappear from my sight at the Paris
Airport when we separated that year, in
After ten weeks in Bordeaux, JW came to
visit me. After one year in France, in
Paris, I was refused asylum in France. The
national security Bureau headed by a Gris
guy (security officer) was constantly
menacing me…with turning me back.
returned for me and arranged with Gerard
Chaliand so that security won’t meddle
constantly in my life, and I could leave
for the United States, moving towards
freedom faster than ever imagined by me.
It was a very wonderful fall, in Bordeaux,
so we drove to see all the castles along
the Loire River.
The 1st trip was to and along the river of
LOIRE; we left in September, and came back
in December. Then we went to Paris, and
visited the Versailles, Champs Elysee, the
Montmartre, and Montparnasse. We had
everything to ourselves, and then we went
to the beautiful port of Marseille, while
listening to the PASTORALES, and exploring
the beautiful green lands of France.
Marseille we stayed at the Sofitel, JW was
overlooking the Bay, into the icy cold
town. And we went to the COTE Azure. We
stayed at Hotel Welcome. Then rode over
the serpentined Cornish roads, overlooking
the Mediterranean, Cap Ferrat, and Monaco.
Then Jim W. had to fly out to teach again,
and I flew back to Bordeaux, where I took
numerous courses in European Union
Regulations for the environment, and
sustainability. I was deeply in love with
Bordeaux France, 1992
the nuns in Bordeaux, France, the city of
Commerce, was excellent. The mother
superior took me to Toulouse Lautrec’s
castle, and swam in the Atlantic Ocean.
Then I flew to meet Jim in NICE, in 1992.
It is now another beautiful stay at
WELCOME, in Beaulieu sur Mer.
came back 10 weeks later, when getting a
break from UCLA teaching. So, the second
time together, we travelled to
Carcassonne, a fortified city, through
Andorra (a gambling center, in the
Pyrenees’) Mountains. The Principality of
Andorra was rich and ostentatious with
baroque buildings. And gorgeous La
Rochelle, a beautiful Bay, nested in the
Then entered into Spain, toward Madrid,
and stayed at Hotel Paris for a week, in
the center of Madrid. We were studying the
Spanish cultures, and later, I had a great
background in the Peninsular thinking of
the Spanish conquistadors. Major Spanish
cities are named after in Mexico.
In Toledo, we enjoyed the charales
in the main plaza. Morelia, in the state
of Michoacán reminded me of Toledo later
to Toledo, the town of knives, and then
headed to the town of Trujillo. In
Trujillo we went and took pictures while
walking on the red roofs of houses,
perfectly lined up for us to walk.
I took great pride that I was free and
nobody minded my business for the first
time in my life. Jim and I, we were only
taking care of one another.
We went up to the Devil’s Throat (a town
deep in a canyon, tucked into the
mountains) to continue up in the
mountains, and then went down to a walled
town of Avila, to Trujillo, and continued
to rainy Madrid.
headed toward El Escorial, the monastery,
and then JW flew out of Madrid. I took the
plane to France, and in Bordeaux I joined
the nuns again, and continued my studies
of Folklore at the University of Bordeaux,
where I was writing about the mythical
it in a picture of words, I am flashing
out the pageant, of that beautiful
Catholic Church, as we went down from La
Rochelle, along the clean river, and the
gorges of the Pyrenees Mountains
Out of many, Switzerland is my favorite
European country; the majestic mountains
and the rivers impressed me.
Monte Rosa’s Peak and Matterhorn were
absolutely fabulous, left us breathless,
and the chalet Michabell was looking down
on Italy. The view out of the window was
that of Matterhorn Mountain in Zermatt.
We enjoyed the lovely scenery in Luzern,
and Interlaken, with the beautiful lake
with little bridges leading up to the
center, all dressed up in geranium
flowers. Multicolored geraniums flowers
were hanging out from each houses’ window.
The beautiful trip was to go up on a
chairlift (teleferico) to wheel you up
over the meadows, seeing cattle and,
magnificent glorious view of the Swiss
Mountains, and the peaks. It is a very
gentle and slow trip.
in summer James and I left France for the
United States, more specifically to Los
Angeles that is to UCLA, where I wanted to
get my master’s degree in History.
In L.A. I have arrived just in time to
witness the 1992 riots. We found a lovely
place in Marina Del Rey, where we stayed
for a week, and read all the books on Los
Angeles, and its diversity.
I have escaped from the bad world into the
good world. We loved each other so deeply.
PROFMEX To Russia And Eastern Europe
In 1992, we went to Russia and opened the
PROFMEX office with Boris Koval our Latin
Americanist, and great pianist, thus
marking the opening of PROFMEX to Eastern
Europe. Publications followed.
Next we went to Hungary and opened a
PROFMEX office in Budapest, the capital on
the majestic Danube River.
Professors, academics were curios about
Mexico, and its leadership in Free Trade.
And special trade regions, how Mexico has
become the linchpin for trade in the
western hemisphere, and NAFTA was in
to continue my education, we moved into
Westwood and enrolled into the UCLA’s
Master program in the summer of 2004. I
graduated soon after in 2005, but no
family was present, as my mother died of a
heart attack, and could never travel by
plane. Prof James was there for me, and so
was Aida Mostkoff of PROFMEX, with
flowers; an unforgettable uplifting moment
Conferences and seminars on free trade,
and managed trade was a full time job now,
in the big family that was UCLA for me. We
went to a great Conference in Toronto
where I could also see my uncle who fled
Europe from the Russians. My uncle
Nicholas Lazin, who has fled to Hungary in
1947, and settled down in Oshawa, Canada,
invited me to visit, Oshawa, and the
General Motors Plant, where he worked for
over 40 years. It was wintertime in
Canada, and it was a harsh experience
staying there and getting accustomed again
to cold weather. It just does not work
with me; we don’t mix, the cold weather
and me, it was as simple as that.
new places and peoples.
It was a
good feeling escaping Ceausescu’s tyranny
and discovering the hidden side of the
word. I realized how we lived in the dark
for 20 years, and one does not be the
prisoner of their own thoughts and limited
spirit of the others, living the same
nightmare, as I did back in Romania.
James and I enjoyed the nuns in Bordeaux;
they were free spirits and happy women,
with a great sense of humor especially the
Mother Superior. In France we even visited
Toulouse Lautrec’s castle, and spent good
times on the beach where the Atlantic
Ocean met the Pacific Ocean. I had spent
unforgettable moments of discovery, and
fraternization with the nuns.
most beautiful place on earth is Mexico’s
Morelia Michoacán. Then Mexico D.F. Even
though the air is too polluted in
Teotihuacan, I have found Mexico D.F. a
nice city, so we travelled around Mexico
D.F. and finally visited the Pyramid of
the Sun, the pyramid of the Moon, and I
found this sacred place a nice place for
having worked a long time on getting a
Mexican passport, I discovered Mexico as
the most beautiful country on earth. Its
diversity is mind-boggling. James and I
went to Mexico every month for the past 24
years, except for this year.
all ironies are happening, when I arrived
to L.A., the riots were in progress.
It took 8
years of College and University learnings
with James Wilkie to better understand the
Los Angeles riots for me. James taught me
in 1992 that there were no black or white
issues, but there are the “greys” in life
Moreover he taught me life-skills, like
e.g. how to balance a checkbook, and how
to swim. And how to be the best version of
myself. All these are very important
things for survival in the 21st
graduating from UCLA, my self-development
took me again to Toronto to see my uncle
Nicholas, and cousin Caroline Lazin. I
started teaching History pretty soon, when
I returned to UCLA as a Teaching Assistant
for 4 years, during my MA and Doctoral
years in the Doctoral Program in History
at UCLA, I graduated in 2001, in January.
After graduation I have published my
Doctoral thesis, and a second book on the
bright and dark sides of Globalization
with Dr James W Wilkie, Professor at UCLA.
Our books are widely read around the world
and are used to teach Courses at College
and University levels. To get the books we
have written together with James Wilkie,
download them from the PROFMEX website.
9/11 the whole world has changed. And this
will be the topic for another book. A book
in which we are still research/investigate
what has changed exactly in these 25 years
in Los Angeles, and how change has
impacted us, at PROFMEX. We, James and I
want to come more often to Mexico. I have
been teaching a course on Globalization
and its impact on Mexico and the world of
Free Trade, or managed trade in 2012 and
we stellarly did it irregardless of what
the press was saying about TJ. The other
course we co-taught in Cancun, at the
Universidad de Quintana Roo. It was a
great success. I miss the peaceful time in
Mexico and the U.S. I miss the indigenous
people’s traditions and customs. I am now
focusing on writing a new Chapter of our
lives, with Prof. James Wilkie, and my
resolve is growing as per why we are we
missing those good things of the past
(rituals, customs), as a collective. That
is we are together bent on recovering the
collective memory of our academic freedom.
we are now, paying tribute to James Wilkie
the man and the Academic of the Century!
Thank you, Jim! Vivat Academia.