News and Information About Karen
KOM Newsletter, February 2014 (online)
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KOM Newsletter, Spring 2013 (online)
KOM Newsletter, Winter 2013 (online)
KOM Newsletter, Fall 2012 (online)
KOM Newsletter, Summer 2012 (online)
KOM Newsletter, Spring 2012 (665KB PDF)
KOM Newsletter, Winter 2012 (1.2MB PDF)
KOM Newsletter, Summer 2011 (1.2MB PDF)
KOM Newsletter, Spring 2011 (858KB PDF)
KOM Newsletter, Winter 2010 (1.2MB PDF)
Karen Traditional Dance at Pan Asian Dance Festival – Burnsville, MN May 29, 2011
Karen Done Dance at Pan Asian Dance Festival – Burnsville, MN May 29, 2011
Karen New Year video
Prayer of Peace video Video and story regarding the
dire circumstances facing ethnic minorities in Burma
News and Articles
Burmese Karen and Hmong refugees make Maplewood the land of a thousand gardens
Woodbury church asks for help with annual backpack drive
St. Paul: For Karen immigrants, a 'big family reunion' this weekend
Golden Karen Grocery in St. Paul: Veggies, rice, fish paste, and community Karen Refugees from Myanmar Find a Foothold in North Carolina
Asian American Press: Karens in Minnesota
In June 2011 KOM’s Vice Board Chair, Eh Taw Dwe, and Consultant, Tonya Cook were invited to present “Karen Refugees from Burma in the US: an Overview for Torture Treatment Programs” at a national forum. View the webinar presentation and researched materials that support the presentation at HealTorture.org/webinars?id=75#.
Star Tribune article:
Immigrant farmers plant seeds for a new life
Newly released 2-year research report from Karen Human Rights Group, documenting the voices of villagers in rural Burma From Prison to Front Line-Analysis of convict porter testimony 2009 - 2011 (PDF):
Karen Dancers take 3rd prize at Pan Asian Dance Competition:
The Karen Cultural Organization of Minnesota’s dancers won 3rd place in the Traditional Dance category at the Pan Asian Dance Competition held May 29, 2011 in Burnsville, MN! The Karen dancers captured the judges’ and audience’s hearts alike when they performed both the “Karen Done Dance” and “Karen Traditional Dance” in this day-long event. View photos of the event, videos of the Done Dance and Traditional Dance performances, and read Asian Pages newspaper article (PDF) covering the event.
Asian American Press:
Breast and Cervical Cancer Article co-authored by KOM and MDH. Asian Pages:
Heart Disease and Stroke Article (pdf) co-authored by KOM and MDH
Karen New Year Celebration:
Minnesota Public Radio - January 11, 2010
Karen celebrate Year 2749, and a decade in Minnesota
Karen in the Midwest:
Sault Star - January 16, 2010
"Finding refuge in small-town U.S.A. — A persecuted minority from the other side of the world has found unlikely asylum on the other side of the river"
Potential Surge in Karen Refugees:
New York Times - January 6, 2010
"Myanmar Election Could Spark Rise In Refugees"
Read this article from MPR to learn about the journey of the Karen from Burma to Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Please visit Dr. Michael Leming’s website dedicated to the Sgaw Karen of Northern Thailand.
Read and contribute to the Wikipedia explanation of the Karen people.
Please visit the Karen Human Rights Group website to learn about the struggles of the Karen and other ethnic minorities in Burma.
Read this BBC article about the struggle of the Karen people to gain independance.
Read the Refugees International description of its work in Burma.
Visit the Thai Freedom House which is an organization dedicated to serving refugees in Thailand.
Read ”From Burma to New York”, Stories of Burmese refugees.
Visit the Karen Women’s Organization website
Please contact us if you come across new news stories about the Karen and refugees from Burma.
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