Faculty Sponsor

Sheena Choi

Document Type



Department of Educational Studies

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne


This study is about the Burmese community in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Immigrant Literacy Program. Fort Wayne, Indiana is the home to the largest Burmese population outside of Burma. The Burmese community in Fort Wayne is the result of a pro-democracy uprising in 1988 and the subsequent brutal crackdown of the population by the military regime. Leaders of the pro-democracy movement and even ordinary citizens became targets of government persecution. Further, following this social chaos, human rights violations and mismanagement of resources by the military regime caused massive refugees. Many of these former refugees are settled in the U. S., and Fort Wayne became the hub of the Brumes immigrant population.

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