Karen History, Culture and Language Night

Thursday, June 1, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Minnesota Literacy Council
700 Raymond Avenue
Suite 180
Saint Paul,, MN 55114

The Karen are an ethnic group from the mountainous border regions of Burma and Thailand. They have long been subject to persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Burmese government, leading to their resettlement to Minnesota. There are approximately 12,000 Karen living in Minnesota, and Saint Paul currently has the largest and fastest-growing Karen population in the U.S.

Staff members from the Karen Organization of Minnesota, the first social services agency in the U.S. established by refugees from Burma, will lead us through Karen history, culture, and resettlement in the U.S. We will explore the history of the Karen and how they became refugees, and discuss how the Karen have adapted to life in the U.S. We will also give a brief overview of Karen culture, covering everything from food, to clothing, to family, to communication styles, and more. Last, we’ll end the night with a lesson on Karen language and teach you basic conversational phrases and simple grammar. Please join us to learn about the 12,000 Karen that have made Minnesota their new home.

Questions? Contact Wendy at wroberts@mnliteracy.org.