Burmese and Karen Communities Collection
An Inventory of the Collection
The Burmese and Karen population in Austin boomed in the late 2000’s as many of them left their country due to political turmoil and immigrated to the United States. After spending months or years in refugee camps in Thailand some have settled in Austin, Texas, hoping to start their lives anew in America. Many of them have been sponsored by local churches and social service organizations that have assisted their transition into their new country.
The bulk of this collection originates from a donation from a group of Karen leaders heavily involved with their communities. Items include national articles about the Burmese and Karen refugees, photographs from refugee camps as well as special events in Austin. In addition, there are two disks of photographs of the Htoo Family depicting intimate home life of a Burmese family. Also in the collection are three DVD’s of a Karen New Year celebration in 2010.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Materials were kept by Paw Khu Hser and donated to the Austin History Center.
Photo Disks were created by Lizzie Chen.
Burmese and Karen Communities Collection (AR.2011.006). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2011/009
Donation Date: 03/03/2011
Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Esther Chung/2012
Detailed Description of the Collection