Klo Htoo is a first year student studying social psychology at the University of California, San Diego. She was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and eventually moved to San Diego with her family at a young age. Klo and her family are Karen, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Burma that had to escape government persecution and war in a country they once called home.
Klo is affiliated with the Karen Organization of San Diego, which is an ethnic-based organization that serves communities residing in the greater San Diego region. KOSD was established in 2009 and helps people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds in any way possible.
Klo shared about her experiences as a refugee and living in the harsh conditions of a refugee camp to adjusting to a new life in a new country. She also describes navigating life as a refugee, college student, and woman and offers advice to her younger peers based on this intersectionality.
This interview was conducted on Zoom by Kim Hoang, a second year history and music major at UCSD who is interested in archival work and the preservation of the history and culture of marginalized communities.