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Myanmar has been welcome by international communities due to its recent political reform. As the country emerges from a long period of isolation, visitors now have the chance to come and experience its wonderful for themselves, but there are more to Myanmar than just the landscape. Its rich history, vibrant cultural heritage, and the genuine warmth of the local people are what truly bring it alive. Myanmar people are known for their unique culture like showing respect to their older. Most of the foreigners who were in Myanmar would remember as the friendliness and warm hospitality of Myanmar people.

A little bit about me: my full name is Ngun Siang Kim but people called me ‘Siang’. Unlike Western Myanmar people do not have the family name, so we just pick ourselves which one we like to call people most. I belong to Chin ethnic group which is one of the ethnic minority group in Myanmar. I moved to Yangon (former capital of Myanmar) when I was around 13 years old in order to get more opportunity in term of education and better job. I graduated from the University of East Yangon in Myanmar with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In 2012, I was selected to participate in the women’s leadership program at Saint Mary’s College, IN, United States. I have attended several conferences related to youth employment and capacity building in Germany and Malaysia. Before joining Dragons, I managed a project called “Civic Education for Youth” that was funded by Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF). With my other fellow members, we conducted mobile training on civic engagement in different townships such as Chin State, Kachin State, and Rakhine State.I enjoy being with youth because they are the most passionate, adventurous, and empathetic human beings. I am so honored to work with Nikki and Parker this semester.

I’m so excited to see all soon in my country and looking forward to it.

Ngun Siang Kim