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grundle
04-04-12, 12:47 AM
This is the kind of person that makes the United States the greatest country in the world. We need a lot more people like him. While I have bolded some of my favorite parts, I recommending read all of it:


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_789313.html

Native of Uzbekistan finds 'paradise' in United States

By Jill King Greenwood

April 1, 2012

Mahmood Subhankulov left the only country he'd ever known and a successful career as an obstetrician to travel more than 6,000 miles for a crack at the American dream.

Subhankulov, who goes by "Max," arrived in Pittsburgh from the Republic of Uzbekistan in the spring of 2005 with the ability to speak Uzbek and Russian, but no English. Within six months, he taught himself the language by reading the newspaper and translating the words using a dictionary.

"I love America. I love Pittsburgh," said Subhankulov, 38, a lab technician at UPMC logging 12-hour shifts.

"My Dad always told me that the place you are born and raised will always be your motherland, but this is my home now. I'm living my dream."

Growing up in the former Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic as the oldest of three sons, Subhankulov said he was isolated from much of the Western world. The socialist government preached a message of atheism and controlled the media, he said.

He read anything he could get his hands on, taught himself Russian and several Uzbek dialects. The Soviet government collapsed in 1991, and Uzbekistan became an independent republic. Subhankulov said that changed his life.

"Suddenly, we had access to the entire world, and I couldn't get enough of it," he said. "We suddenly had a voice."

He continued studying and went to medical school in Uzbekistan. For 10 years, Subhankulov worked as an obstetrician, delivering 3,000 babies a year, he estimated. He had three sons with his ex-wife.

But he wanted more. He researched for hours about medicine in America, and was impressed with clinical research happening in Pittsburgh. He knew one former Uzbecki who was living here, so he packed up and moved, working in the friend's West Mifflin convenience store until mastering English.

"I set a goal for myself because I knew that in order to achieve what I wanted to here, I needed to start with the language," Subhankulov said. "I knew that being able to communicate would make my life so much easier."

He spends his days doing phlebotomy and lab work at UPMC Presbyterian and Montefiore hospitals, then goes home to West Mifflin to run 7 miles. He doesn't own a television and says he rarely socializes, choosing instead to photograph Pittsburgh neighborhoods and study until midnight every day with the goal of taking the medical licensing board exam to work as a physician.

"In this country, if you use your brain, study hard and work hard, you can do anything," Subhankulov said. "I don't know anywhere else in the world that is like that. The U.S. is paradise to me."

Carol Milligan is the unit director of the UPMC Resource Department and Subhankulov's boss. She said she's continually impressed with his knowledge and work ethic.

"I like to say that I have the pleasure of working with Max," Milligan said. "He is a pleasure to lead. He's willing to do whatever you ask of him and he's a wealth of knowledge. He loves to talk about world events. He's a great asset to us."

Subhankulov texts and Skypes daily with his sons, ages 15, 13 and 11, and his mother and brothers in Uzbekistan. His father is deceased. He's a permanent resident here, and tries to visit Uzbekistan every year.

And he's still discovering new things to love about Pittsburgh.

"I came to the North Side. I've never been over to the North Side before," he said last week. "I guess I don't cross bridges anymore. I'm a true Pittsburgher now."

Th0r S1mpson
04-04-12, 11:56 AM
We really should only let the smart ones in.

dork
04-04-12, 12:32 PM
We really should only let the smart ones in.
To the forum? I agree, but I'm not a mod. :(

Tracer Bullet
04-04-12, 12:41 PM
To the forum? I agree, but I'm not a mod. :(

No, you're a hipster.

wendersfan
04-04-12, 02:55 PM
No, you're a hipster.

http://www.londonlee.com/chipshop/chippics/mod.jpg
Venusian

http://tyrannyoftradition.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/hipster-glasses21.jpg?w=490&h=343
dork

dork
04-04-12, 04:00 PM
No, you're a hipster.
I'm a mopster!

Mabuse
04-04-12, 04:05 PM
I love America. I love Pittsburgh," said SubhankulovGo back to fucking Uzbekistan!

Just think of how much this guy would love America if he didn't live in a shit hole.

Mabuse
04-04-12, 04:14 PM
We really should only let the smart ones in.

The sad truth (as I'm sure you know) is that we don't need the smart ones. We have plenty of people to be medical lab techs or whatever it is this guy does. We need people to pick crops, dig ditches, and do shit work.

clappj
04-04-12, 04:45 PM
http://www.yakov.com/images/shopImg1.jpg

The Cow
04-04-12, 05:15 PM
The sad truth (as I'm sure you know) is that we don't need the smart ones. We have plenty of people to be medical lab techs or whatever it is this guy does. We need people to pick crops, dig ditches, and do shit work.

We do? I missed the people shortage memo.

Mabuse
04-04-12, 06:18 PM
We do? I missed the people shortage memo.

In my neighborhood there seems to be a people shortage regarding this job:

"Wanted. Person to push my 2 year old in stroller while I'm at work."

Because the only people who applied were Mexican.

Tommy Ceez
04-04-12, 06:20 PM
What is the point of this article? That America is good for immigrants?


Welcome to 1820!

The Cow
04-04-12, 06:23 PM
In my neighborhood there seems to be a people shortage regarding this job:

"Wanted. Person to push my 2 year old in stroller while I'm at work."

Because the only people who applied were Mexican.

Not ditch diggers or farmers.

Mabuse
04-04-12, 06:31 PM
I never said farmers. Crop pickers are not farmers.

The Cow
04-04-12, 06:40 PM
Still not crop pickers or ditch diggers.

Mabuse
04-04-12, 06:45 PM
I'm not sure what your point is.

Navinabob
04-04-12, 07:06 PM
Oh sure, they come to this country to be educated here and loving America being all

http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01240/borat_280_1240972a.jpg

but then the go back home and rule their country saying "Death to America" and being all

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2012/02/Academy-Asks-Sacha-Baron-Cohen-to-Pinky-Swear-That-He-Wont-Hijack-the-Oscars-as-The-Dictator/_jcr_content/par/cn_contentwell/par-main/cn_blogpost/cn_float_container/cn_image.size.sasha-baron-cohen-at-the-oscars.jpg

Jason
04-04-12, 10:22 PM
The sad truth (as I'm sure you know) is that we don't need the smart ones. We have plenty of people to be medical lab techs or whatever it is this guy does. We need people to pick crops, dig ditches, and do shit work.

I thought the reason Apple was sending jobs to China was because they couldn't hire enough engineers in the US. Or at least they couldn't find enough willing to work 80 hours a week for no overtime :(

grundle
04-05-12, 02:34 PM
What is the point of this article? That America is good for immigrants?


Welcome to 1820!

The point is that the U.S. is the best country in the world.

A lot of people could learn from this person.

Mabuse
04-05-12, 03:02 PM
I thought the reason Apple was sending jobs to China was because they couldn't hire enough engineers in the US. Or at least they couldn't find enough willing to work 80 hours a week for no overtime :(

The jobs Apple sends to China aren't engineering jobs. They need people to work 80 hour weeks pushing chips onto boards and assembling monitors. It's just manual labor, no different than assembling shoes.

Jason
04-06-12, 09:51 PM
The jobs Apple sends to China aren't engineering jobs. They need people to work 80 hour weeks pushing chips onto boards and assembling monitors. It's just manual labor, no different than assembling shoes.

No, it isn't. (http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/99951/apple-iphone-china-manufacturing-skilled-labor)

BearFan
04-07-12, 04:39 PM
Guess this guy will want to go back when he finds out about the price of brith control. We should hand out disclaimers at the border.

PopcornTreeCt
04-07-12, 05:54 PM
No, it isn't. (http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/99951/apple-iphone-china-manufacturing-skilled-labor)

"The Times reporters persuaded me that east Asia in general, and China in particular, offer an abundance hard-working people with decent skills willing to accept demanding, poorly paid, and boring jobs. The jobs are acceptable to millions of Chinese, including workers with good technical skills, because the other career alternatives open to them are no better, and possibly much worse, than those in manufacturing. The plain fact is that, for the great majority of 17-to-30 year-old Americans, there are better, or at least less risky, alternatives to a manufacturing career."

That's pretty much it.

JumpCutz
04-07-12, 06:12 PM
The point is that the U.S. is the best country in the world.



Meh.