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People In America

Andy Shallal: 'I Didn't Have to Come Here, I Chose to Come Here'


Andy Shallal loves words. His restaurant in Washington, D.C., named Busboys and Poets, features ceiling-to-floor bookshelves. As an Muslim-American, he has seen many changes in the American fabric since he arrived decades ago. He reminds us about "the dreamers." Who are "the dreamers?" Read on.

About People in America

Artists. Public servants. Immigrants. Philosophers. Innovators. One who stuttered is now a public speaker. Another paints a canvas that breathes and moves. This is the new look of "People in America" -- a VOA Learning English video series that updates our earlier historical biographies.

Our People in America (PIA) tells the stories of living Americans from all corners of the globe. They might surprise you with their thoughts and philosophies. And how they personify democracy, self-sufficiency, expression and community.

With each PIA we offer a fun way to test what you have learned. Try our multiple-choice quiz or interactive graphics. Practice to see how well you understood what you viewed. Follow along with our reading and listening material. Return to the video and watch it again.

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