The US has welcomed over 160,000 refugees from Burma (Myanmar). Amongst them are the Karen, an indigenous people whose homeland of Kawthoolei is in the eastern highlands of the post-colonial state of Burma. When the military junta came to power, the Karen were forced from their villages to refugee camps across the border in Thailand. A new generation is born in America that hasn’t experienced the trauma of war crimes or the affinity that has bonded a people to fight for self-determination. Far From Kawthoolei reveals how identities may adapt and persevere when uprooted from geography, history, and politics.