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Indira & Raghunath: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PUM

February 7,  Day 19:

“Some people ask me: ‘Where are you from? What is your accent? It is different from us.’ They become curious about me. When I tell I am from Bhutan, they don’t know about it. I tell them it is a small country near China and India and it is a peaceful country... I am happy to tell people I am from this place because they will know me. Everybody in the United States is from somewhere else. Their ancestors were immigrants and I am also an immigrant, so I’m not afraid to tell that I’m from Bhutan.” -- Raghunath  #IamPGH

“When I was new here, I had a friend who came to my apartment to pick me up for work and she told me she will drop me at ‘Iggle.’ I was so afraid I will get lost because I didn’t know this place ‘Iggle.’ I only knew a few places because I had only been here 22 days.  


When she dropped me off, I saw Giant Eagle, which is near my apartment. So, I just walked a few minutes and reached my apartment. And then it clicked: ‘Oh, Giant Eagle means ‘Iggle.’” -- Indira  #IamPGH




“We really want to preserve our culture. It’s important for future generations... I don’t want to be totally American and forget about all of my culture... I am also part of [America].


Everybody has the right to follow their own religions and cultures. I respect all the cultures – Muslims, Christians. We didn’t feel that in Bhutan, which was why we needed to leave... In Bhutan, there was no concept of multicultural. Here, I am surrounded by many cultures. I am in a multicultural society.” -- Raghunath  #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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