6/15/2016

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‘I’m from Burma. I applied with the UN for political asylum from the dictatorship that was in my country in 2005. I came here to Utah and I work for the Asian Association of Utah as a Burmese interpreter. In Burma, people have a hard time getting an education. Here in Salt Lake City, educational opportunities are so great. That’s real freedom. As long as you want to learn something, you can do it. I try hard to remember everything about my country and my culture. Our culture is very unique. When it comes to family, we always live together, even when we get married…we stay together with our families. We take care of each other. We’re very close both mentally and physically…we look out for everybody even if we’re strangers. In Burma, we might live in different camps and not know each other, but when we come here, we stick together and support each other. I can go to California, for example, and meet up with the Burmese community there and have a place to stay and I’m never alone.’

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