An Overview of Karen History, Culture and Language

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Minnesota Literacy Council
700 Raymond Avenue
Suite 180
Saint Paul,, MN 55114

An Overview of Karen History, Culture and Language

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Minnesota Literacy Council main office, 700 Raymond Avenue, Suite 180, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Cost: There is no fee for this training, but your tax-deductible donation will support our tutor training program and literacy learners across Minnesota!

Description: The Karen are an ethnic group from the mountainous border regions of Burma and Thailand. They have long been subject to persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Burmese government, leading to their resettlement to Minnesota. There are approximately 17,000 Karen living in Minnesota, and Saint Paul currently has the largest and fastest-growing Karen population in the U.S.

Staff members from the Karen Organization of Minnesota, the first social services agency in the U.S. established by refugees from Burma, will lead us through Karen history, culture, and resettlement in the U.S. We will explore the history of the Karen and how they became refugees, and discuss how the Karen have adapted to life in the U.S. We will also give a brief overview of Karen culture, covering everything from food, to clothing, to family, to communication styles, and more. Last, we’ll end the night with a lesson on Karen language and teach you basic conversational phrases and simple grammar. Please join us to learn about the 17,000 Karen that have made Minnesota their new home.

Questions? Contact Kelly at or 651-251-9074.

The Minnesota Literacy Council is committed to providing access for people of all abilities to our trainings and events. To request accommodations, please contact Kelly at or 651-251-9074 at least two weeks in advance.