Transplanted Traditions: From Southeast Asia to North Carolina (Gravy Ep. 48)

Photo by Alix Blair.

In Chapel Hill, there’s a farm that’s much more than just a spot to grow food: it’s a gathering place for refugees, including a group of Karen teenagers from Burma. In this episode of Gravy, those teens report on the farm, their lives, and the ups and downs of trying to be both Karen and American.

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Radio producer Alix Blair spent a week teaching Ree Ree Wei, Hla Win Tway, Talar Hso, Aw Kaw Joon, Eh Paw (who goes by Tatha), Kawla Htee, and Hickrihay Htee about the basics of radio recording. She sent them off to interview one another, and tape themselves at home and around the farm. From pop songs on the radio to intimate moments in the kitchen with their families, they provide us, in this episode, with a little glimpse into their world.

Photo by Alix Blair.
Photo by Alix Blair.

You can learn more about Transplanting Traditions Community Farm here.

Photo by Alix Blair.
Photo by Alix Blair.

To learn more about Karen refugees in the U.S., go here.

Special thanks to Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies for loaning us the recording equipment for this piece.

Photo by Alix Blair.
Photo by Alix Blair.