Gum Aung is a 17-year-old high school senior at Kaimukī High School and is taking college courses at Kapi‘olani Community College through the Running Start Program at Kaimukī High. He is active in the school’s band and plans on pursuing a career in computer science.
But what sets him apart from most kids his age is the nearly decade-long journey he and his family had to take to get here. As of December 2016, Aung and his family have been able to call themselves U.S. citizens after living in this country for the past six years. In a recent interview with Aung, he relayed the story of he and his family’s trying passage into the U.S from his war-torn country, Myanmar (also known as Burma), and the constant moving in between.
“I want to inspire other people to follow their dreams, even if it can be difficult and sometimes seems impossible,” Aung said.
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(author: Kapi‘o News Writer Kayla Valera; Img courtesy of Gum Aung)