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  • Anca's mother left communist Romania in 1982 with just her visa and a backpack. In it, she stuffed a few pieces of clothing and ten records by her favorite Romanian musicians, records she still plays at her home in Florida today.

    Now, when she returns to visit family, she carries large suitcases full of gifts for her sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews. Her family asks for Nike shoes, American style dresses, and most recently, a laptop. Anca's mother no longer focuses on the few things she was allowed to carry with her when she left Romania all those years ago. Instead, she spends the year before her annual summer trip home collecting requests from her family of the items they want her to bring back from the Untied States.
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