The Burmese

Introduction to Burmese Culture(s)

“In 2012, over 10,000  refugees from Burma will be resettled in the U.S., joining more than 55,000 who have arrived since 2006. Linkage with health services is integral to resettlement, yet many refugees face the challenge of negotiating a healthcare system that is unfamiliar with their language, backgrounds, traditional beliefs and practices, and health issues.

Refugees from Burma, also known as Myanmar, come from one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Most of those resettled in the U.S. belong to one of three ethnic minority groups: the Karen (emphasis on the second syllable), the Karenni, and the Chin.” (Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center, 2012)

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In Kansas, as of the end of 2014, the Chin are the largest refugee resettlement group (41% of the population), the Karen third (11%), Karenni fourth (10%), and the Burmese sixth (6%) (Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, 2015).

 

General Resources

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Chin Resources

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Karen Resources

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Karenni Resources

“Although in many ways similar to their Karen cousins living to the south, the Karenni have their own culture, languages, and history.”

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