memory

 
 

It all started when...

During Ana’s research exploring the impacts of forced migration and resettlement among Bosnians in Chicago, people consistently expressed sadness that:

“No one asks us about our lives before the war.” In particular, women expressed frustration that people did not ask about their working lives: their labor. They wanted their labor at the workplace, and in the home, to be recognized.

Younger women, on the other hand, wanted their parents to talk about their experiences during the war and as immigrants in the United States. But many adults were not comfortable talking about these memories. By focusing our interviews on objects and practices, rather than on people, women were able to be more open with the younger generation.