Cultural and ethnic studies

History[ edit ] In the United States, the field of ethnic studies evolved out of the era of the Civil Rights Movement during the s and early s, which contributed to growing self-awareness and radicalization of people of color such as African-Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, and American Indians. Hayakawa ended the strike after taking a hardline approach, appointed Dr. InThe National Association for Ethnic Studies was founded to foster interdisciplinary discussions for scholars and activists concerned with the national and international dimensions of ethnicity encouraging conversations related to anthropology, Africana Studies, Native Studies, Sociology and American Studies among other fields.

Cultural and ethnic studies

There are Karen people throughout the country presently known as Burma or Myanmar. They live in villages that are small clearings in the forest. Houses are made entirely of bamboo and thatch.

A nearby stream or river may provide a place for villagers to bathe, do washing, and collect drinking water. Life follows a seasonal pattern of planting and harvesting rice.

Each year in Karen state, usually during the dry season, the Burmese military attacks Karen villages. The military often burns down the entire village, destroying rice stocks and supplies that enable a community to survive.

If the residents of these villages are able to escape, they go into hiding as Internally Displaced People IDPs in the surrounding forest. Life as an IDP is extremely difficult and many people become malnourished and infected with malaria. It is quite common for Karen people to have become IDPs several times in their lives.

They often return to their villages when the Burmese army leaves the area. Photo, used with permission: Free Burma Rangers http: The refugee camps appear as extremely large villages of bamboo and thatch buildings along the Thai-Burma border.

Approximatelypeople live in these camps as of April and many are being resettled to third countries at this time. International Rescue Committee, Nearly half the population in Burma's Delta that was hit by the cyclone in May was ethnic Karen.

Many of the new arrivals in the U. Photos, used with permission: Thailand Burma Border Consortium http: There are over different ethnic groups and sub-ethnic groups within Burma. There are various theories regarding their migration from Tibet, China and through SE Asia most likely in stages.

The Karen are an ethnic group historically and currently differentiated from neighboring populations including the Burmans, Thai, Mon and Shan.

With the Japanese invasion of Burma, many atrocities were committed against the Karen by the Burmans as well as by the Japanese. However, the British promise to consider the case of the Karen went unacknowledged upon Burma's independence in For a brief period after independence, the Karen attempted to live peacefully with the Burman majority, and some Karen even held government and army positions of leadership.

However, in the fall ofthe Burmese government sponsored political militias known as Sitwundan, separate from the regular army.

Any attempts at negotiations among the ethnic groups including the Karen were destroyed by assassination and military oppression. The Karen were joined by many other ethnic groups including the Shan, the Chin, the Kachin and the Mon in the development of ethnic resistance armies.

A military regime has been in power in Burma since the coup.

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It has increased the size of the military tosoldiers. When the Burmese military takes over an area, the local people are forcibly removed to relocation sites, forced to labor for the military and used as human?

Women are often raped. More well-known to the outside world, the military regime oppresses its internal Burman population. In there was a student uprising and many people were killed. Many students fled to the border regions and were taken in by the Karen.

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was democratically elected in and the military placed her under house arrest until this day. There are many political prisoners in Burma. The monks' uprising of was in response to the regimes oppression.

Ongoing internal skirmishes, military repression of ethnic minorities, forced relocations based on economic strategy, and pervasive poverty have resulted in a constant exodus of political and economic refugees.

Sometimes people also have different accents that make it difficult to understand each other.

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For interpretation purposes, one should ask if the patient speaks S'ghaw or Pwo Karen. The common language will generally be S'ghaw as a lot of the Pwo Karen will also speak S'ghaw, but the S'ghaw Karen don't necessarily speak Pwo. It is very important to have interpreters available who speak S'ghaw.This book by Leonard, associate professor of critical culture, gender, and race studies at Washington State University, discloses connections between the NBA’s discourse and the broader discourse of anti-black racism.

The oldest ethnic studies association in the United States, the Association for Ethnic Studies (AES) was founded in A non-profit organization, AES provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars and activists concerned with the national and international dimensions of race and ethnicity.

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Cultural and ethnic studies

Lateral, the Journal of the CSA. Lateral is our publishing platform for essays, art, software, and other interventions into cultural studies. Welcome to the Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center - the only comprehensive research portal site devoted to the advance of Hmong Studies.

This website is the home of the peer reviewed Hmong Studies Journal, the most authoritative and widely cited. The department of Ethnic Studies at BGSU is one of the oldest programs in the nation focusing on interdisciplinary studies of race.

It was established in response to student-led efforts for a center for the study of the histories of peoples of color.

Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies