Arthur Swain, a Burmese art specialist and author, commented on early drafts of the profile, wrote the section on Burmese art and architecture, and contributed to the Burman culture
and Chin literature sections. Anna J. Allott, senior research associate in Burmese Studies at SOAS, contributed the section on Burmese literature, and Emma Larkin, author of the highly praised book Finding George Orwell in Burma, wrote the section on Burmese history.
Kirsten Ewers, an anthropologist who has conducted research on the Pwo Karen of Thailand, was the principal writer for the Karen language section. Also contrib- uting to this section was Prasert Trakansuphakon,a native Sgaw Karen speaker whose Karen name is Cau Pav Di. He is a Ph.D. student at the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
balance. We would also like to thank F. K. Lehman, professor of anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for his thorough and careful review of the Chin and Karen sections.
In addition, many refugee resettlement professionals commented on the manu- script. In particular, we would like to thank the Cultural Orientation Work Group and staff
members of U.S. resettlement agencies for their contributions to the section “Resettlement in the
We would also like to thank Margaret Burkhardt, program officer in the Admissions Office at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, for her invaluable guidance and
assistance throughout the develop- ment of the profile.
Finally, we would like to thank the Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State, whose support made this profile possible. Sanja Bebic, Director, Cultural
Orientation Resource Center
Donald A. Ranard, Editor
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