Posts Tagged ‘Karen’

Caves and Cages: Memories of Myanmar

Cover illustration for Caves and Cages

Follow the story of Naw Unity Ba as she retraces memories from her village in Myanmar to refugee camps in Thailand, and finally to Amarillo, where she and her family reside today. Your purchase of this book will help support the ongoing work of producing bilingual stories in minority languages across various refugee communities in Amarillo.

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You are invited

American girl participates in Karen Wrist Tying

The Karen Community of Amarillo (KCA) invites you to attend the 72nd Karen National Marty’s Day Celebration and Traditional Karen Wrist Tying Ceremony on August 13th & 14th at 1001 N. Eastern St. There will be a men’s soccer tournament and women’s volleyball tournament, as well as Karen traditional sports. At Home on the Kyer Ya Klo,…

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Karen Exhibit at DHDC

We are thrilled to announce that our local science museum – The Don Harrington Discovery Center – has just opened the first of what promises to be a series of exhibits highlighting different ethnic groups that call Amarillo home.  Don’t miss your chance to experience an immersive exhibit highlighting the music, food, traditions, and agricultural contributions of the…

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Am I Brilliant?

Naw Paw grew up in a peaceful farming village near a river in Myanmar, where her family grew rice and other seasonal foods. She has happy memories of days spent catching frogs and fish in the river for her daily meals. Like many children, she started school eagerly. Unfortunately, her education stopped abruptly in third grade when fighting broke out between the Burmese and Karen armies.

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Ties that Bind Us: Sisters and Stories

I’ve recently been able to witness two separate interviews involving three different sets of sisters. These sets of sisters—who walk through life together, enduring hardships, encouraging each other, and striving for one success together—are beautiful reminders of the treasures of having community and support in every part of the journey.

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Walking on Stilts with the Karen

“Good afternoon everyone! I’d like to tell you a story about my childhood. I want to tell you about walking on stilts.” The interpreter looks over at me confused…

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Thaw’s Art in the News

In last month’s newsletter we shared about Thaw Klaw’s art. We were pleased to facilitate an interview with him for a feature in Amarillo Magazine. We are eager to celebrate strong leaders from refugee backgrounds! If you’re a subscriber, click here to read the article. For those of you who can’t access the story, here are…

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New Karen Citizenship Class

Adrian teaches the first lesson to a group of Karen people who are eager to become citizens. For many, their citizenship application process was delayed due to COVID.

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Celebrating a Local Artist

There are many thousands of refugees and former refugees in this city with their own unique talents. Let’s work together to celebrate them and encourage them!

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Refugee Leader Interviews

Our Panhandle Refugee Celebration was an incredible success! It aired on Panhandle PBS, as well as on Facebook Live. By our count, this video has been viewed over 11,000 times on Facebook alone! You can see the full-length video special by clicking the button below: The highlight of the celebration was four interviews with refugee leaders.…

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