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Uzbekistan. Where is it, what kinds of people live there. What brings them to NY. Join me tonight as I speak with Shakhlo Makhmudova who is new in NY she will tell you why.
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Tonight on the show Noreen greets us with the weight and the importance of family as one ages. Noreen introduces her guest Shakhlo Makhmudova and tells how they came to know each other at a networking event. Shakhlo found a pull to New York through her interest in culture and developed education system. On top of that, close friends in New York made the option all the more attractive.
Returning to the show Shakhlo regales us with stories of Uzbekistan’s subway system sans rats. The two of them speak on Shakhlo’s experience moving here. Shakhlo hadn’t felt totally natural in Uzbekistan, though that wasn’t fixed overnight after moving to New York. She feels that moving here has made her more independent. Shakhlo’s finds difficulty completely relating and translating her experiences into Russian when talking to her friends and family.
Noreen talks about her experience of traveling to the US from England. She talks about the difference in immigrating to this country back then compared to the present day. Although she doesn’t know what it’s like to be an immigrant today, she does sympathize with the struggles that they are facing. Shakhlo talks about what she wants for herself in the US. She wants to have a fulfilling career, start a family and travel. She then tells Noreen what advice she would give to children in Uzbekistan. She believes that it’s crucial to build up as many skills as possible and always ask questions. Chaklao felt she needed to get out of Uzbekistan and not fall into the cultural norms. Noreen talks about growing up in NYC and forcing herself to break away from her parent’s advice.
Shakhlo talks about the different types of foods that are common in Uzbekistan including kebabs and where you can find Uzbek food in New York City. Noreen talks about how you can get food from all over the world in New York City and her dislike for shrimp. Shakhlo talks about not regretting move to New York and how she loves the energy and opportunities that come with living here. She talks about the doubts and challenges people tried to tell her about before she moved and how she wanted to still do it anyway. Noreen and Shakhlo talk about learning different languages and English being a difficult one to learn.