Where are you from?

Burma (Myanmar)

What was your childhood like?

I traveled to one country to another with my parents. I liked it.

What brought you to Cleveland?

My parents new business is in Cleveland so I had to move with them to take care of it.

What were your first thoughts about coming to the United States? Did those change?

I thought United States would be full of racisms but it’s not. Those definitely changed.

What challenges did you face as transitioning here?

Speaking English. But watching a lot of sitcoms helped me understand English.

What is your occupation?


How have other Clevelanders made you feel welcomed?

Yes, Clevelanders are nice. I’m a Clevelander now, since I’ve been here for 7 years.

What traditions or customs do you continue to practice?

I still practice Buddhist and eat Burmese food.

What do you love about Cleveland?

Everything. From sports to night clubs to people.

Why is it so important to welcome immigrants and refugees?

Because we are lost in the first few months that we’re here. People that are from here should warmly welcome all the immigrants and help them with this country’s culture.

Why is it important to travel abroad?

To see what’s out there, more than a box that we live in 24 hours a day 7 days a week.