1858 - 1929
The first Burmese student in America
room United States
The first Burmese student to come to America (and perhaps the first Burmese ever in America) was Maung Shaw Loo, who traveled from his native Moulmein to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania in 1858, just before the Civil War. During his ten years in the US, he would join a fraternity, work as a gardener, earn degrees at Bucknell and at a medical school in Cleveland, and meet President Andrew Johnson at the White House (who wrote him a letter of recommendation to King Mindon). Back in Burma, he was for many years prominent physician and educator and died in Moulmein in 1929.