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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Learn about Pakistani culture this weekend

 
    We are probably all aware of how Columbia and Howard County have attracted many immigrants to our community.  The Korean and Hispanic population's growth in our County are very familiar to anyone who has followed the population growth in our County the past decade or two.  It is hard to miss the many Korean businesses along Route 40 or the Hispanic food trucks along Route 1. One population that may not be as familiar as these is our Pakistani population.  We have had the pleasure of having a Pakistani family as a neighbor of ours for the past 20 years.  We have watched as their children have gradually become first generation Americans.  Going from traditional Pakistani dress of their youth they now act and dress as any other Columbia youth.  Their connections to Pakistan are ones to a culture that is foreign to them in many ways.  I am sure that it can be confusing in some ways to be caught between the culture of your parents and the culture of your young peers. This is the pattern of all first generation immigrant populations.
    I received the following information from Pat Hatch that may allow us to learn more about our Pakistani neighbors:

"Becoming Neighbors: 

Sharing Our Stories

Our Pakistani Neighbors:
Hearing Their Stories
Saturday, November 23rd, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PMFirst Presbyterian Church
of Howard County9325 Presbyterian Circle Columbia, MD 21045

Hosted by:
The Howard County Churches of the
West Side Story Ministry Group of the Presbytery of Baltimore
Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church
St. John United Church

Featuring:
A display of Pakistani art and a sampling of Pakistani cuisine
Hearing our neighbors share the stories of their experiences

Contact: A. J. Bishop-Johnson 443-621-6979 nitajanej@aol.com
B. Sitterley 410-833-3815 bsitterley@mynorthminster.org

Hosted by:
The Howard County Churches of the
West Side Story Ministry Group of the Presbytery of Baltimore
Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of Howard County
Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church
St. John United Church
Featuring:
A display of Pakistani art and a sampling of Pakistani cuisine
Hearing our neighbors share the stories of their experiences"

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