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Transplanting Traditions: Farming & Art

North Carolina is home to a growing Karen community, an ethnic minority from Burma that has been forced out of their country due to war. Many of these refugees call the Triangle home, and for the past six years, they have been incorporating their traditional farming techniques in growing both local and Asian produce at the Transplanting Traditions Farm, a five-acre plot of land in Chapel Hill.

The youth of these refugee families recently collaborated with FRANK Gallery to create a bilingual children’s book on Karen cultural history and farming traditions. The book “Transplanting Traditions: The Story of a Community Farm” is featured at a public event this weekend celebrating Karen culture and heritage.

Host Frank Stasio talks with FRANK Gallery artist Nerys Levy, Fran Hamer, a longtime volunteer with the Karen community, and student artist Lah Htoo Bo. This weekend’s event takes place at the Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill this Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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