by Alice Cary
Sanja Curgus was born in what is now known as Sarajevo, Bosnia. When she was born it was actually referred to as Yugoslavia, but due to a series of conflicts Yugoslavia was dismantled into several different independent countries. Her family came to this country in 1987. The plan was to only stay in the United States for one year. At the time Sanja was nine years old and her parents were in their early 30's. The family left what is now known as Bosnia and moved to Bellingham Washington because her farther was offered a visiting professorship at Western Washington University, but the family never moved back to Bosnia.
The transition from the United States was easier for Sanja's parents because they wanted to come here. Unlike Sanja, they knew why the family needed to stay in the U.S. Yet, she also realizes that the transition was difficult for her parents as well. She is a 1.5 immigrant because she came to this country before the age of 12. She, as you can hear in the video, has no accent and was able to adapt more rapidly to American culture.
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