Video: For Pakistani-American, more unites than divides two countries and cultures

June 1, 2011

Produced by Adnan Rashid

Editor's Note:

The recent killing of Osama bin Laden has refocused American attention on the delicate and complicated relationship between the governments of Pakistan and the United States. 

But that's a familiar state-of-affairs for thousands of Pakistani-American residents living in the Chicago area, who often must navigate the politics and cultures of their respective homelands.

Adnan Rashid spent the month of May in Chicago at WBEZ as a visiting fellow as part of the International Center for Journalists international exchange program for U.S.-Pakistani journalists

Rashid himself is no stranger to the impact of political conflict or the war on terror.  He's a life-long resident of the Swat Valley, and as a radio journalist, spends much of his time focusing on the humanitarian impact of the conflicts in the Af-Pak region.

During his time in Chicago, he wanted to understand first-hand the experiences and perspectives of Pakistani-Americans here, and he produced the following video, which chronicles the immigrant experience of one Chicago man and his family.