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Wilkes County Human Library: The "Nine Family" - Burmese Culture

The Human Library is very much like a regular library where people go to check out books. The only difference is that the books are all human volunteers that can be 'borrowed' for conversation.

Naing and his family —as known as “Nine family” as his name is pronounced as Nine by local friends— are originally from Burma which the country is located at the opposite site of the USA. The fun fact is that Burmese in Burma are sleeping while we are at day shift now. Nine and his family have been in the United States for more than a decade now, but they said they still have so much more to learn in the USA. They emigrated from Burma where all violated human rights and unfair civil rights are being normalized. They said they are grateful that they finally found a place where they can actually grow with much love and respect.

“Nine” has been working in Tyson for 11 years now and been helping in HR in a role of community Liaison by interpreting, translating, resettling refugees including getting them a job in Tyson and finding accommodations for them to live, for the refugees’ kids to enroll into the schools, teaching refugees etiquettes, English language, American culture for their daily survival.

Nine’s family also has a local Asian grocery store with the purpose of introducing “East to the West” in their favorite way which is FOOD. Who does not love food??

Please visit their store at 4 pm to 9 pm (weekdays) 303 S Cherry St, Wilkesboro, NC-28697.