In this image provided by Anna Tabakh, she, foreground left, and her older brother Ilya, foreground right, stand with their family after arriving at the Kansas City airport in December 1990, a year ... more 
In this image provided by Anna Tabakh, she, foreground left, and her older brother Ilya, foreground right, stand with their family after arriving at the Kansas City airport in December 1990, a year before the collapse of the Soviet Union. At age 5, Anna didn't know a word of English, en route with her parents from the Soviet Union to a new home in Kansas City, Mo. The beginning was traumatic, she says, now 27, but the transition to American life was relatively smooth - a result that some social scientists would say was partly due to her age. Back row from left are her mother, Diana Tabakh; her aunt, Mila Portman; cousin, Boris Portman; and her father's cousin, George Portman; and her father, Eugene Tabakh. (AP Photo/Anna Tabakh) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Anna Tabakh
Mon, May 6, 2013 4:43 AM EDT