Refugees From Burma
Their Backgrounds and Refugee Experiences

Acknowledgments

This profile is the  result of the  collective effort of a teaof Burma area specialists and  refugeresettlement professionals. Sandy  Barron, a  Bangkok-based writer and editor  who has written extensively  about  Karen refugees  in Thailand, oversaw the  development of the  first draft of the profile, anwas the  principal writer for the sections  on the Karen and Karenni. John Okell, formerly a lecturer  in Burmese at the University of Londons School of Oriental  and African Studies (SOAS), wrote  the section  on Burmese language and also contributed his knowledge of Burmese language  and culture to otheparts of  the  profile.
 Saw  Myat Yin,  a  Burmese writer, wrote  the section  on Burman culture,  and the principal  writer for the
Chin section  is Kenneth VanBik, instructor of linguistics,  Patten  University Oakland, California,
 and   postdoctoral  researcher  at  the   STEDT  Project,  Department  of Linguistics, University
of California,  Berkeley. He is a native Hakha-Chispeaker. ZT. Hmung, program officer,  U.S. Committefor  Refugees  and  Immigrants, also contributed to the  Chin section.

 Arthur Swain, a Burmese  art specialist  and  author, commented on early drafts of the  profilewrote  thsection  oBurmese  art anarchitecture, 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  speakewhose  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.


Special thanks  go to Martin  Smith,  a Burma historian  and
 author, who reviewed  the first and  final drafts of the profile. His thoughtful  comments  added detail,  depth, and

 balance.  Wwould  alslike 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 sectioResettlement in the
 United  States.


We would also like to thank Margaret Burkhardt, program officer in the Admissions Office  at  the  U.S. Department of States 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


Table of Contents


Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  iii

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Burma:.An.Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
The
.Burmans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
T
he.Karen.and.Kar


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