Where are you from?



Unemployed, but works at Tree Country Bistro family restaurant


What was it like growing up?

It was a lot of responsibility. I was there as a kid so I didn’t have to do much. I went to school but my parents had a lot of responsibility. In Thailand without education you can’t have a future, there’s nothing you can do but here that’s different.

 Why did you choose Cleveland?

I came to Cleveland for more opportunities. My parents came here to open a restaurant and I came here to get a better education.

 What were your first thoughts about coming to America? Did those change?

I always thought there was more opportunity and it is. There’s more freedom. It was exactly what I thought it would be, I knew exactly what it would be like.

 What challenges did you face as an immigrant transitioning here?

Language was the biggest barrier for me and adjusting to the system. How school works here is completely different from here. Home you wore uniform, 8-3:30 which here that is like private school.

 What traditions or customs do you continue to practice?

I still believe in my religion but I don’t practice  holidays or anything specific. I follow my parents lead.

 How have Clevelanders made you feel welcomed?

I came from Boston and I liked it, but Cleveland is nice. I went to Beachwood high school and they always welcomed foreign people, I was always treated nice.

 What do you love about Cleveland?

I love the suburbs in Cleveland, I like the countryside.

 What’s your favorite thing to do in Cleveland?

I like to see the museums.

Why is it important to welcome immigrants and refugees?

There’s more opportunity for them, everyone wants to seek more opportunity and be the best they can be. We should accept them and try to understand them.

 Why is it important to travel abroad?

It’s important to learn about other countries and cultures.