Ithacan Immigrant: Zar
This week’s Ithacan Immigrant features Zar, a Burmese national, who came to the U.S. through the refugee admissions program in 2011. Prior to resettling in Ithaca, Zar and her family lived in a refugee camp on the Thai/Burmese border for over 20 years. She and her husband initially came to ISP when the family was eligible to adjust their statuses in the U.S. from refugees to legal permanent residents. Zar and her husband then returned to ISP to get help in applying for citizenship. We want to thank Tompkins Learning Partners for providing Zar and other citizenship applicants in our community with the tutoring needed to prepare for their citizenship interviews.
ISP: Why did you come to US?
I wanted freedom.
ISP: Why did you decide to live in Ithaca?
We had friends in Ithaca so we came here through the refugee program.
ISP: What was your first impression of Ithaca?
I liked it because it was quiet. I visit other places and there are a lot of people and I like it quiet better.
ISP: What is your favorite American food?
I can’t think of any. I don’t like American food.
ISP: Where is your favorite place to shop in Ithaca?
I like Wegman’s. I like how the food is fresh.
ISP: What is the biggest difference between Ithaca and your home town?
In my country the soldiers were no good. In this country they are good.