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What it Means to be Educated: Life Histories of Karen Women.

February 3, 2016IASEvents0

What it Means to be Educated:
Life Histories of Karen Women

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Noon-1:00pm
308 Elmer L. Andersen Library

Free and open to the public

Our understandings of what it means to be educated varies in different sociocultural contexts. This presentation will use life histories to introduce how Karen women negotiate their educational identities in Burma, Thailand, and the United States. In addition, Dr. Maiyia Yang will share her experiences working in refugee resettlement and elaborate on how we can use life histories to help us understand the impact of global migration.

Maiyia Yang is currently a mental health practitioner at Ultimate Health, Inc., where she works with participants in the Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) program. Maiyia received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a minor in Human Rights. In 2010, she was an operations assistant at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Thailand to work on the logistics of refugee resettlement. She serves on the board of directors for the Karen Organization of Minnesota, the Hmong Cultural Center, and the Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy.

In Fall 2014, Yang was an IAS Grad Fellow though the Office for Equity and Diversity’s Community of Scholars Program.

This talk is sponsored by the Immigration History Research Center and the Institute for Global Studies. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the IHRC (612-625-4800).

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