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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In the Kyrgyz Republic, it is possible to kidnap a woman and make her your bride. While the Kyrgyz people often describe this practice as ancient and outdated, its origins are surprisingly modern, and surprisingly closely tied to women’s increasing autonomy in other areas.

Christopher Gross an academic advisor who prepares international students to attend university or graduate school in the U.S. Trained as an anthropologist, he began his teaching career in Chinese Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan. His research covers a variety of topics, ranging from the 2005 Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan and organized crime, to Central Asian gender systems.


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Christopher Gross

Christopher Gross

Christopher Gross is a teacher and academic advisor who prepares international students to attend university or graduate school in the United States. He is currently co-founding an organization which aims to support aspiring academics while providing enriching educational opportunities to the public. Trained as an anthropologist, he began his teaching career in Chinese Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan. His research has covered a variety of topics, ranging from the 2005 Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan and organized crime to Central Asian gender systems. He holds Master’s degrees from George Washington University, Indiana University, and Boston University.