Bosnian community

bosnian community
4:38 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Bosnian Businesses Grow Beyond The Niche

Ibrahim and Fazira Vajzovic stand in the offices of their insurance company in south St. Louis City.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

This fall will mark the 20th anniversary of the first refugees from the Bosnian war arriving in St. Louis.

We’re continuing our ongoing look at their experiences in this country with a story about business, more specifically, business and cultural identity.   

Many of the early Bosnian entrepreneurs catered to other Bosnians in St. Louis. 

That’s starting to change, though, as Bosnian business owners search for success by connecting with the larger community.    

Have you ever asked yourself: “Could I completely start over?”

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2:23 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

'Why Are There So Many Bosnians In St. Louis?' Atlantic Cities Asks

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The folks over at Atlantic Cites have an article up today examining the origins of our sizable Bosnian immigrant population. St. Louis native Kathy Gilsinan writes the piece. Also, check out our Tim Lloyd's series on the city's Bosnian population - click on the "Bosnian community" tag below.
binkle_28/Flickr Just off Interstate 44, South St. Louis's brick houses hug a wide central boulevard, overlooked by a limestone and terra cotta water tower that hasn't actually distributed water since 1929. There's a sprawling university to the north, and, a few exits further east down the highway, St.
bosnian community
1:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Local Project Aims To Tell Bosnians’ Collective Narrative Of War

Fontbonne University professor Benjamin Moore holds a book with photos of Muslims who lost their lives during the Bosnian War.
Credit Tim Lloyd/St. Louis Public Radio

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the first refugees from the Bosnian War arriving in St. Louis. 

In the coming months we’re going to take a closer look at their experiences in this country and how their presence has changed the cultural landscape of our city.   

But to know how St. Louis became home to what’s estimated to be the largest Bosnian population outside of eastern Europe, you have to first understand the brutal ethnic war that many of them fled.     

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