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Abu + Alyia: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PUM

February 17, Day 29:

“My father came to the U.S. in 1975 to work for the United Nations Development Program. Because of that, we came as a family to settle in New York… The transition from New York and a community that diverse was rough. My friends, growing up, represented every religion. There was a real comfort in that. It was a culture shock… a big change from a city where everything was coming at you. When we moved here in 1990, [diversity] was there but, if you wanted that experience, you had to search.” -- Aliya  #IamPGH

 

“I would like to look out my window and see world flags flying from the flagpoles on the Convention Center. There are, what, about 10 flagpoles? You could rotate them, with different countries every week. I think that would would be great. It would show that Pittsburgh is a global city. So when people come here and see the flags, they know, they have arrived and they are welcome.” -- Abu #IamPGH

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“We have different last names -- her last name is Khan. So, when she was working at CMU, many people knew her so well that when they met me, they called me Mr. Khan. They would say: ‘

Hello

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, Mr. Khan. It’s nice to meet you,  ​

Mr. Khan.’ I didn’t mind being Mr. Khan.” -- Abu  #IamPGH

 

 

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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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