Austin History Center

Burmese and Karen Communities Collection

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hser, Paw Khu
Title: Burmese and Karen Communities Collection
Inclusive Dates: 2000-2011
Bulk Dates: 2011
Abstract: Refugees from Burma, mainly the Karen ethnic group, have been settling in Austin increasing in numbers in the late 2000’s. This collection contains clippings, photographs, and a video of a Karen New Year event in Austin.
Identification: AR.2011.006
Quantity: .20 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

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.

Scope and Contents

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.


Collection is arranged by document type.


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Hser, Paw Khu.
Htoo, Bicento.
Htoo, Eh Thame.
Htoo, Kayler.
Htoo, Or Or.
Raw, Paw Htoo.
St. David’s Episcopal Church (Austin, Tex.).
Austin (Tex.)
Burmese Americans.
Burmese United States.
Karen (Southeast Asian people).
Karen (Southeast Asian people)--Ethnic identity.
Document Types:

Related Material

AF- Asian Americans- Burmese/Karen A7005(1) General

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were kept by Paw Khu Hser and donated to the Austin History Center.

Photo Disks were created by Lizzie Chen.

Preferred Citation

Burmese and Karen Communities Collection (AR.2011.006). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2011/009

Donation Date: 03/03/2011

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Esther Chung/2012

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Clippings, 2000s
2 Video/Ephemera, 2011
3 Photos, 2000-2011