Book Review: “History of Bosnian Immigrants in the Greater Rochester Area

Book Review: “History of Bosnian Immigrants in the Greater Rochester Area" by Aisa Purak

The work under the title “ History of Bosnian Immigrants in the Greater Rochester Area" by Aisa Purak has been the result of long-term theoretical and empiric study, in which the subject of study is a very complex, dynamic, and evolving, socially and scientifically important. Ten social phenomena are the subjects of study, connected, conditioned, and interdependent: Refugees from Srebrenica and Concentration Camps, Rape as an Act of Genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992-1995, History of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Who are Bosniaks, Roots of Bosnian Immigrants in America, Generational Gap among Bosnian Immigrants, Bosnian Refugees in America-Background, Bosnian Refugees in Rochester NY, History of Bosnian Organization in Rochester, NY, Culture and Religious Identity of Bosnian Refugees in Rochester, NY.

This scientific study utilized all relevant, valid, and reliable sources of data – theoretical and empirical. Gathered data are sufficient, valid, and reliable for defining qualitative determinants and features of phenomena and their mutual relations, including quantitative dimensions, their distribution, and duration. By linking data from the original scientific research with the findings from the existing pool facilitated the setting up of the logical and meaningful, truthful and accurate findings and setting up of the system of inductive-deductive conclusions based on theoretic and empiric facts. The book aims to establish Bosniaks as a natural part of American society. The book goes into psychological precepts of identity development and it does an excellent job illustrating that "identity" is never a homogeneous, one dimensional entity. It is a complex tapestry of background, experience, and individual differences. The book focuses on integration models and presents the way Bosniaks are an integral part of American society. Reading the book gives you a greater appreciation of the blessing of American society and the ease with which groups of all faiths and backgrounds maintain their culture and ancestral identity and simultaneously take on a new identity as Americans.

Scientific results, presented in this scientific paper, represent extremely relevant contribution to the development of scientific findings in the area of social and humanist sciences.

Aisa Purak had the misfortune to share the destiny with me and many other now Americans who fled to the USA to escape ethnic cleansing during the 1992-1995 aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aisa Purak is an exceptional example among the survivors because she refused to surrender to the challenges that come with that life experience and instead opted to continue pursuing her education in the USA and making various contributions for the betterment of the larger society. Her intellectual contributions on public policy issues concerning vulnerable population groups in the USA are a source of pride in our community and her public policy advising on issues related to public administration in the USA played an integral part in our long campaign to have the USA join the international community in formally recognizing genocide that occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina and establishing July 11 as a Srebrenica Remembrance Day, to honour the victims of Srebrenica massacre.

Aisa Purak now serves as a valuable International Expert Team Council Member with our Institute for Research of Genocide where we work on raising awareness about the tragic events that took place, primarily but not exclusively in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which involved gross violations of human rights and unresolved war crimes carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to 1995.

Dr. Emir Ramic
Chairman of the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, January 16. 2017.