Ithacan Immigrant: Gaw
Gaw came to the U.S. almost 15 years ago as a refugee from Burma and was resettled in Ithaca with her family. Since then, several extended family members, including her sister, husband, and 5 boys, have also moved to Ithaca through the U.S. Refugees Admissions Program. Over the years, Gaw and her family members have accessed various services we offer at Catholic Charities including our citizenship & naturalization services.
ISP: Why did you come to U.S.?
I was living in a camp in Thailand for two years and then came to the U.S. as a refugee.
ISP: Why did you decide to live in Ithaca?
My husband had a friend living in Ithaca and so we came here.
ISP: What was your first impression of Ithaca?
I thought Ithaca was quiet – I liked it. But at first I was scared to come here because I didn’t know English.
ISP: What is your favorite American food?
I like salad – I really like vegetables with dressing.
ISP: Where is your favorite place to shop in Ithaca?
I don’t really do much of the shopping because my husband takes care of that. He usually goes to Wal-Mart and Wegmans.
ISP: What is the biggest difference between Ithaca and your home town?
In Burma, I lived in a village and we had to hide and were always scared. It seemed like over there we had to try to make everything safe all the time. When we came here we were free.