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13 November 2009 

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Vincent Makori in a VOA studio
Vincent Makori,  host of VOA TV's Africa Journal says Washington assignment helps him grow in his field
Maria Shust has directed the Ukrainian Museum since its founding
A new building provides New York's Ukrainian Museum Director Maria Shust with modern exhibition space to display the museum's extensive collection of fine arts and crafts
Proprietor Ranbir Bhatia named his Manhattan restaurant after a red hot Indian chili pepper
An immigrant from India draws on experiences in Delhi and Bombay to establish a successful restaurant in New York City
Pakistan Post editor Mohammad Farooqi
An immigrant journalist from Pakistan dedicates his career to establishing an urdu-language newspaper in New York to serve the Pakistani community in North America
Haitian-born vodou priest Erol Josue on the cover of his latest CD, Regleman
A vodou priest heals physical and social ills with his music and dance in New York's Haitian Community
Jenny Akopyan helps manage the Armenian Home in New York
A refugee from the Caucasus helps octogenarians feel at home in an assisted living facility with Armenian touches
VOA broadcaster and film reviewer Penelope Poulou
A former history scholar and Greek language radio reporter becomes VOA's multi-media English-language film reviewer
Silver,and gold adorn the altar at Rabbi Vi&ntilde;as'<br />synagogue
An old Orthodox synagogue attracts a diverse congregation when a young Cuban Rabbi takes over
Genevieve Gwei came to the U.S. from Cameroon
A new American from West Africa shares some hard won insights about education, debt, faith and friendship in the U.S.
Book-cover of Korean-American poetry book in English, Fragrance of Poetry
With the publication of Fragrance of Poetry, a group of immigrant poets feels one step closer to achieving a place in mainstream American literature
In a Houston,Texas convent former Vietnamese refugees offer refuge to fellow immigrants evacuated from New Orleans
Cover of Hanka Sawka's Polish cookbook,
The saga of a family transplanted from communist Poland to New York's Catskill Mountains enriches the recipes in the new, lavishly illustrated cookbook "At Hanka's Table"
A third generation Croatian American musician keeps his cultural heritage alive with workshops and concerts that reach beyond his ethnic community to the general American public.
Wedding of Maria and Perfecto Rivera
A housekeeper chooses marriage over college yet holds onto her dream of having a stable, well educated family
Hands of wedding couple with ring and rose
A chemical engineer from Russia diversifies her job experience as she adjusts to her new life in the U.S. as the bride of an American lawyer
Dorit Schwartz
An Israeli immigrant sets out to prove that children in America can have fun learning a second language
Dmitriy Wins, March 10, 2005
An immigrant from Ukraine discovers twin passions in the U.S.: boxing and observant Judaism
Eritrean American filmmaker Filmon Mebrahtu with camera in hand in a detail from a production still
As he films the stories of other African immigrants, Philadelphia’s Filmon Mebrahtu hopes to better understand his own
Korean real estate agent Moon Y. Choi in his office decorated with portraits of U.S. presidents
Washington D.C.’s booming housing market provides a good living for a hard-working real estate salesman from Korea
VOA Uzbek TV broadcaster Navbahor Imamova tapes a segment for her weekly show flanked by a VOA logo
A scholarship to India becomes a stepping stone to an international career in journalism for Navbahor Imamova of VOA’s Uzbek Language Service
Dr. Stanley Onye
He escaped civil war in Nigeria for an American education. Now , as the director of U.D.C’s hands-on-science and engineering programs  serving inner-city schoolchildren in Washington, D.C. he’s giving back. Meet Dr. Stanley Onye.
U.S. National Spelling Bee champion Anurag Kashyap hugs his father
The immigrant parents of an award-winning speller look back at education and relocation in their lives – and his
Negar Ashtari, paralegal with the Tahirih Justice Center, speaks with Voice of America
When women with nowhere to turn learn about the Tahirih justice center, she’s the one who takes their calls
Mohammad abdul-Mateen Chida, owner and founder of Halalco Supermarket in Falls Church, Virginia
From its rather humble beginnings as a certified Islamic butcher shop, Halalco has developed into a full-service supermarket -- and more
Roman Ferencevych with Ukrainian embroidery done by his neice
The day the war ended in Germany, Roman Ferencevych was in a little village in Bavaria; five years later he was an American soldier
Phuong Huynh at his desk
Entrepreneur Phuong Huynh, in the U.S. for 30 years, plays a key role in the Vietnamese-American shopping enclave known as Eden Center
Closeup of Sephardic cantor Ramon Tasat playing his guitar
Passing on the Sephardic tradition of the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 is central to the career of Ramon Tasat, a versatile multifaceted scholar and entertainer from Argentina
Artist Joan Lok with her poster advertising the National Cherry Blossom Festival
The poster seen all over Washington advertising the annual Cherry Blossom Festival this spring is by community affairs specialist Joan Lok
Latvian sisters Sarmite Svilis and Daiga Henson at a craft show wearing their designer jackets
Designer coats are the key to success for a pair of Latvian fabric artists VOA Photo - R. Skirble
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