LEAP High School Student

Landscape of Thailand

I am a Karen immigrant. I came from Thailand. I started coming here on May 28, 2017 and I arrived in the United States on May 31, 2017.

In my landscape you can see what is important to my identity and my culture: my Karen clothes. This was the only thing I brought with me to the United States. I brought my cultural clothes with me to the United States. In my culture, we wear these clothes at the Karen New Year because it’s important for the Karen people. In my landscape you can also see the village near the mountains where I lived.

My community built the school for Karen people to study. Near the school are soccer fields. In the village you see the houses. We built them with bamboo. The roof is made with leaves. In the village people are feeding the animals. There are pigs, chickens, dogs, and cats.

In my picture you can see the villagers doing business. People do trades for money for families to buy fish or meat, clothes, and medicine for treatment. Some villagers use the well for water. You can see the well in my picture. They use the water for washing clothes and drinking. We use the big river for washing clothes and taking a bath. On the other side of the river is Burma, where my family is originally from. The only thing I brought with me from this landscape is my Karen clothes.