U.S. and Pakistani Journalists Alike Move Past 'Them Versus Us' Mentality

Feb 262013

When Pakistani producer Arsalan Asad first came to the United States, he was shocked to hear that ordinary Americans did not know how to find his country on a map, or associated it only with terrorism and fundamentalism. But after four weeks, he learned Americans were eager to know about a Pakistan beyond the headlines. He even discovered a mini-Pakistan in Coney Island, NY, where restaurants serve traditional Pakistani meals and signs are in Urdu.

Common Ground News Service interviewed Asad, a senior producer and reporter with Pakistan Television (PTV), about his experience in the United States as part of ICFJ's U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism Program.

“Relations between states are complex and driven by a number of varying economic and geographical interests. But when people meet people, they understand life is not all about ‘them versus us’,” says Asad.

Read more about Asad's experience here.