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 Roding: 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PUM

February 15, Day 27:

“The first day was very, very different. It’s like we woke up from our dream. When I got to the United States, everything was different. When I look at the movies in Europe, America, Canada, the living standards and living style is connected and similar. But in Asia… I had to learn a lot of different traditional customs. Before I came to the United States, I had to read books on how I have to survive. You know, how can I get a job? How can I mingle with different people? There was also a culture and orientation class for weeks. I had to attend that class before I came to the United States. We had to learn a lot of American culture, learn how to take a bus, how to communicate with other people. But still, it’s different.


When I came to the United States, it was midnight. The caseworker picked me up and he brought me to my apartment… and told me: ‘Just go and sleep. You can have a banana and just sleep. Tomorrow I will teach you how to cook, how to shop… I will teach you everything.’ And then he left. After that, I was so exhausted. I tried to take a shower… I tried to switch on the faucet and I didn’t know there was cold and hot water. I just turned on cold water and took a shower… then I ate and slept. The next day, I asked to the caseworker: ‘What happened? I tried to take a shower but the water is so cold. How do American people take showers?’ He said: ‘You don’t know about hot and cold water?  You have to adjust it.’ That was the first shocking thing. I will remember it until I die.” -- Roding  #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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