What is a Pittsburgher? Is he Slovak or Kenyan? Is she Cuban or Nepali? Is he Canadian or Indian?
Pittsburgh always has been a home for immigrants. Our city’s history has been built on immigrants’ stories, experiences, told in their voices, and it continues to be that way.
As with previous generations of newcomers who were lured by jobs in steel mills and factories, people still come here from Belarus, Argentina, Myanmar, Ghana and dozens of other countries, seeking freedom, refuge and opportunity for their children. Like our grandparents and great grandparents, like every generation before them, new Pittsburghers work, raise families, worship, create businesses and build communities in a new Pittsburgh.
Odysseys: Join us on a journey of discovery
Odysseys is a project in which the Post-Gazette endeavors to find Pittsburghers from each of the 193 countries in the United Nations. Read their stories and help us in the search. (Video by Steve Mellon; 6/19/2014)
Through a new online project “Odysseys,” which launches today, we invite you to join us on a journey of discovery, full of tales of adventure and the hopes that immigrants from each of the 193 countries in the United Nations brought to Pittsburgh. You'll hear new voices, see new faces and meet new people as they share stories of how they have become part of Pittsburgh and how Pittsburgh has become part of them.
Over the next several months, we hope to introduce you to these individuals with stories that reveal the exciting, often challenging experiences that led them to their new home, Pittsburgh.
Please join us on this odyssey and help us find people from the countries in which we have yet to make a connection.
We begin with 35 Pittsburghers from 35 countries. Read their stories and share your own at www.post-gazette.com/odysseys.
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