2016

Grant Recipients

Asian Americans

Burma Center

Finding a New Home in America

$25,000 • Battle Creek

The Burma Center’s project created an audio visual traveling exhibit to tell the story of ethnic Chin Burmese refugees who have resettled to the United States. The exhibit first chronicled the history of Burma that led up to the State Department authorizing Burmese refugees to resettle to the United States. From there, the exhibit chronicled the stories of several ethnic Chin Burmese refugees who have resettled in Battle Creek. Their oral histories were recorded and worked into the exhibit, along with photos documenting their lives. The history of the ethnic Chin Burmese refugee resettlement to Battle Creek is an important story to tell in order to educate the community, preserve the stories of the refugees for future generations, and to reduce discrimination and preserve cultural identity.