Skip to comments.Native of Uzbekistan finds 'paradise' in United States
Posted on 04/02/2012 6:11:28 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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.
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I know quite a few Russians and Chinese immigrants. Many really suffered as children, they learned in their own country that no one will take care of the lazy, and they really valued getting an education. When they arrived in the USA, they all work their butts off - and have quickly risen to be upper middle class or even wealthy.
It shows that leftists like Obama haven’t completely smothered American potential yet.
So, the Uzbek socialist system managed to keep this young man out of the iron grip of Islam?
Within six months, he taught himself the language .................................... I’m impressed. We’ve been teaching English to people who are born here and they still haven’t learned it.
“I’m-a ask with respect, Godfather. How come your checks are so big?”
Plus illegals who have been here for 20 years and still haven't learned it. Hell, they have their own TV channels.
He won’t be a real Pittsburgher until he joins the ‘Nation’.
Mahmood...it gets even better.
Get yourself a car and drive. About 10 minutes in any direction will do the trick.
He’s been here since 2005, I’m sure he’s a card carrying member of the Stiller’s nation by now.... : )
Hell, they have their own TV channels. .............................. Every one has a channel these days. We are a diverse nation. In a few years we may all have our own separate countries at the rate we are going. We will be The United Peoples Republic of Bosniamerika.
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