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Marina: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PittsburghUrbanMedia.com 



January 25, Day 6:  

“I think that sometimes it is easier to be poor in Ukraine than in America. Part of it is that there are just way more people and it’s accepted. There’s less stigma associated with it and there are community ties. I grew up poor. I was born when the Soviet Union was collapsing and it was a very difficult time. My dad was employed, but was not getting paid. But there was so much resilience in the community. For example, my parents could leave me with my neighbors. My mom never had to worry about who to leave me with… there was free daycare. I think in the United States, if you are poor, there’s a lot of stigma that comes with it and isolation. It’s almost like you live in two different countries I think sometimes.” -- Marina  #IamPGH

“I realize, being with my mom when she visits, I realize that I am no longer Ukrainian. As hard as it is to say that… my worldview has changed. America is my second home. I always say second home... [because] I’m not American, as much as I try to fool myself. I do feel American and I do feel accepted but, at the same time, no matter how good my English is, I will never get cultural references. It’s an interesting life, I’m neither there nor here.” -- Marina  #IamPGH


Welcoming Pittsburgh is launching 30 Neighbors. 30 Days., in collaboration with PittsburghUrbanMedia.com and other partners, to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives. 


 Follow the campaign:  www.PittsburghUubanMedia.com, WelcomingPGH on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #IamPGH. 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. runs January 20 – February 18, 2016.

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