Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps

Kolia San Thabue

Kolia San Thabue, one of the first students from Burma to the United States

This is a photograph of Kolia San Thabue, one of the first students from Burma to the United States. He was a Pwo Karen from Bassein and arrived in the US sometime in the later 1870s. His entire story is not clear to me but he studied at Chicago University and Kalamazoo College before going on to Michigan State College (now University).  Apparently he ran into financial trouble his sophomore year at Chicago and this photograph is from an appeal...

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