My name is Ling Oy. I go by Oy. I am honored to be a part of the Family Success Alliance as a Zone 6 Burmese Navigator. I was born in Mindat-Chin State, Myanmar, and raised in Rangoon city, Myanmar. In 2007, we arrived in Chapel Hill, NC, as Burmese refugees with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). During that time, we did not know any English, and we didn’t have access to a Burmese interpreter. Similar to many other immigrants and refugee families, my family and I have experienced many stressful challenges, including cultural shock, financial security, physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. My personal experiences and the knowledge I received from psychology classes motivate me to make positive changes in the developmental trajectories of children from low socioeconomic status (SES) families.
Currently, I am finishing my Bachelor’s degree at University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a major in psychology and a minor in anthropology. I am aware of the risk factors, as well as resilient factors and coping mechanisms among immigrant and refugee families that struggle to make ends meet. I share the same vision as the FSA when it comes to ending generational poverty. I believe that parents should be strengthened in facing their challenges because they play a vital role in the children’ ability to achieve success in their academic, social, emotional, and spiritual life. Above all, I am determined to continuously learn and improve myself so that I can give my best service to everyone, through my roles as a Burmese navigator, and a friend.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa