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Karen Heritage

Websites/Multiple Documents

Title: Karen Heritage Website
Date of publication: 09 May 2006
Description/subject: The website of the Karen History and Culture Preservation Society
Author/creator: KHCPS
Language: English
Source/publisher: KHCPS
Format/size: Website
Date of entry/update: 09 May 2006

Title: Museum of Karen History and Culture
Date of publication: June 2004
Description/subject: "Welcome to the Museum of Karen History and Culture dedicated to researching, preserving, and promoting the history and culture of the ethnic Karens of Burma. The Karens, now totalling over five million people, were one of, if not, the first inhabitants of what is now Burma. Throughout the centuries that followed they were constantly oppressed by the Burman rulers who took over the country. Now, the military government seeks to destroy the individual identity of the Karen people. History and language is being lost as the State Peace and Development Council bans all schools in Karen State from teaching their own language and history. The Karen History and Culture Preservation Society is a non-profit, non-political organisation, formed in 2001 to help preserve and promote the history and culture of a unique people. This electronic museum is only the beginning and is by no means complete, all people who can contribute are welcome (please see the KHCPS section for details) and any feedback you wish to give please do. We dedicate this museum to all of the Karen people who continue to suffer under insurmountable odds" SOME PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO ACCESS THE MUSEUM WITHOUT DIFFICULTY. OTHERS CANNOT SEE THE UPPER NAVIGATION BAR. PLEASE CONTACT darnott@iprolink.ch IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen History and Culture Preservation Society
Format/size: html, jpg etc.
Alternate URLs: http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs3/karenmuseum/
Date of entry/update: 31 January 2005

Individual Documents

Title: The Bronze Drum and the Karen (ကျိၣ်ဒီးကညီဖိ)
Date of publication: October 2011
Language: Karen (ကရင္ဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Drum Publication Group
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 13 May 2015

Title: Karen Heritage Yearbook 2007
Date of publication: 09 April 2008
Description/subject: Karen History and Culture Preservation Society Yearbooks contain articles gathered from a number of international sources that relate to the ethnic Karen people of Burma. They are published to aid research and promote a greater understanding of the Karen situation. Format: ebook (.pdf) A4, 80 pages Colour and B/W Photos, Maps and Tables.
Author/creator: KHCPS
Language: English
Source/publisher: KHCPS
Format/size: .pdf (20.1 mb)
Date of entry/update: 09 May 2008

Title: Saw Ba U Gyi - Voices of the Revolution 1
Date of publication: 06 March 2008
Description/subject: Ebook detailing the impact Saw Ba U Gyi, one of the founders of the Karen National Union,had the Karen revolution
Author/creator: Paul Keenan
Language: English
Source/publisher: KHCPS
Format/size: .pdf (4MB)
Date of entry/update: 06 March 2008

Title: The Karens and their Struggle for Freedom
Date of publication: August 2006
Description/subject: Originally published as ‘The Karens and their Struggle For Freedom’ in 1991 by the Karen National Union Reprinted under the same title by the KNU in July 1992, 18 pages, and in 1997 to include Peace talks in 1996/7, 42 pages. This version reprinted and updated with a new foreword, Chronology, colour illustrations, and images in 2006 by the Karen History and Culture Preservation Society...PREFACE (To the original Edition): "We, the Karens of Burma, have been cornered into fighting against the ruling Burmese Governments for the past fifty years. Holding the reins of all organs of the state, and in full control of the press radio, and television, the successive ruling Burmese Governments from U Nu’s AFPFL (Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League) to the present Military Junta headed by General Than Shwe and his State Peace and Development Council ( SPDC ), have always painted us as black as they can. They have branded us insurgents, war-mongers, a handful of border smugglers, black-and stooges of both the communists and the imperialists. Even so, to the extent of our ability we have always tried to refute the nefarious one-sided Burman propaganda of false accusations and make the true facts of our cause known to the world. In fighting against the ruling Burmese Government, we are not being motivate by narrow nationalism, nor by ill-will towards the Burmese Government or the Burman people. Our struggle was not instigated neither by the capitalist world nor by the communists, as some have falsely accused us. It has an originality completely of its own. Throughout history, the Burman have been practicing annihilation, absorption and assimilation ( 3 A’s) against the Karens and they are still doing so today. In short, they are waging a genocidal war against us. Thus we have been forced to fight for our very existence and survival. In this document we venture to present a concise outline of the Karens’ struggle for freedom; the Karen case, which we consider just, righteous and noble. We hope that through it, the world may come to know the true situation of the Karens, a forgotten people who continue to fight for our freedom intensively, single handedly and without aid of any kind from anyone..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Karen History and Culture Preservation Society (KHCPS)
Format/size: pdf (1.5MB)
Date of entry/update: 22 August 2006