Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

May 25, 2015

No Longer Invisible: Ta Kwe Say

This personal submission is a part of the “No Longer Invisible: In Their Own Words” project, a story series established to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month at the UW.

Ta Kwe Say

Name: Ta Kwe Say

Identity: Karen, Burma / Myanmar

Major: Social Welfare

Organization Involvement: UW Burma / Myanmar Student Association, Southeast Asian American Access in Education (SEAeD)

Personal Interests: “I like soccer and Thai food.”

“In Burma, we had to be very careful not to let people know who we are. We had to hide our identity.”

“I have more than one home. I was born in Burma. So that could be my motherland. I like to call Kent, WA my home, too, because I grew up there. I belong here. I am part of this community. I’m one of the few students from Burma attending the University of Washington. Many don’t know about Burma / Myanmar. Burmese refugees are just resettled in the United States. We are invisible.

People don’t get where Burma is located. So I have to explain the whole map of Southeast Asia.

Those in the Asian American / Pacific Islander community are interdependent and we are part of each other. We should be united and care for each other. We act and live with a genuine heart.”

View mores stories from the “No Longer Invisible: In Their Own Words” project.