"All the Stereotypes are Gone" Thanks to U.S.-Pakistan Exchange

Jul 102012

An ICFJ exchange program for Pakistani and U.S. journalists is having one key impact: Stereotypes are going by the wayside fast. After working in U.S. newsrooms around the country, Pakistani reporters said that personal interactions with Americans helped to dispel many myths. They discovered that Americans do care deeply about family and that Muslims have a voice in U.S. society. "I had so many stereotypes when I came here," said one participant. "Would you believe that all the stereotypes have gone? It's because it was the first opportunity I came across to meet Americans directly."

The program was featured in the June issue of State magazine, a publication of the U.S. Department of State.