KOREA - BURMA - CHINA - JAPAN - VIETNAM - TAIWAN - INDONESIA !
The pan-Asian fest, CelebrASIA, was enlightening, uplifting, and so fun! ... I learned so much (one of my favorite things to do in life)! Of course, you can guess which exhibition I attended first: Korea, of course!! I made a new friend, with whom I will be meeting soon for 한국 음식 (Korean food)!
In Korea, they were demonstrating how natural dyes sourced from herbs are used to decorate fabric and cloth artwork. Of course, I spent a long time there, talking, 한국어 연습 (practicing Korean language - Hangeul) and watching!
My next stop was Burma, where I learned a bit about the Karen (also spelled Kayen, but pronounced "kuh' ren" either way). I spent quite a bit of time there, talking to a young man about his life as a refugee in Thailand and then as one in the US. He has spent most of his life as a refugee of the dictatorship in Burma, and was raised in a refugee camp. He came to the US through Minnesota, and then with the help of Refugee Services of Texas, has been here for 5 years. He was a very candid and kind-hearted young man. I am so glad we can help people like that! The friendly Karen that represented the Austin Karen Society had me put on traditional Karen clothing, which was so fun! They automatically dressed me in "married woman's" attire, instead of "single girl" costume. The clothing was heavy and well-made, as shown by the girl weaving the cloth together.
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... the unexpected return.