Charlottesville Couple Participating in Monticello Naturalization Ceremony
Chandra and Sita Tamang are taking part in Monticello's Naturalization Ceremony. The came to to Charlottesville from the Philippines to find a better life.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Dozens of people from around the globe will soon become U.S. citizens during Monticello's 56th Naturalization Ceremony.
Chandra and Sita Tamang are from Bhutan, where their ethnic group was pushed out and forced into refugee camps in Nepal in the 1980's. Their parents came to America about three years before the Tamangs arrived. They convinced the couple to follow them to Charlottesville for a better life.
The Tamangs found the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, which helped them settle in and get jobs. That made way for them to start the family they had dreamed of while living in refugee tent cities on their way to the U.S.
“We are just thinking, always thinking, about their futures,” said Chandra.
“My daughters, they speak more English than our language. So, for them it's easy. For us, a little bit quite difficult at the beginning,” Sita said.
The transition to Charlottesville has come with some challenges: “It's expensive compared to other states or other place, but it is very peaceful and cool environment and everybody is nice here,” Chandra said.
But, the Tamangs have conquered the biggest one of them all, earning their citizenship. The couple will swear the oath of allegiance on the steps of Monticello on the Fourth of July.
“I am just proud that I am in the home... home, yeah,” said Chandra.
The ceremony at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4.