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  • Burmese Immigrant-Entrepreneur to Talk about Finding and Living the American Dream
For Immediate Release
November 04, 2011

Burmese Immigrant-Entrepreneur to Talk about Finding and Living the American Dream

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  • Phillip Maung, CEO of Hissho Sushi to speak at IPFW
  • Saturday, November 12, noon to 2 p.m., Neff Hall, Room 101
  • The American Dream…Is There Such a Thing?
  • Free and open to the public
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Phillip Maung, CEO of Hissho Sushi Print-quality image

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Twenty-two years ago, Phillip Maung came to the United States from Burma with just $13 in his pocket. Today, he is a highly successful entrepreneur who runs the multi-million dollar Hissho Sushi enterprise. Maung will bring his message, “The American Dream…Is There Such a Thing?” to the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Saturday, November 12, from noon to 2 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101. Maung will speak to young Burmese children and their parents about his inspirational journey, his early years in the United States, his work, dreams, and success.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by IPFW’s New Immigrant Literacy Program, the College of Education and Public Policy (CEPP), and Hissho Sushi.

According to the company website, Maung and his wife founded Hissho Sushi in their dining room in Charlotte, N.C., in 1998 and began providing fresh sushi to supermarkets and cafés on a daily basis. Today, the food service and distribution company manages and operates more than 400 sushi bars in supermarkets, airports, hospitals, and universities across the United States. Three of those locations are in Fort Wayne: at the Kroger Store on U.S. 24 West, at the Scotts Supermarkets on East Dupont Road, and on Coventry Lane.

For more information, contact Kyaw Soe, director of the IPFW New Immigrant Literacy Program, 260-489-2585, 260-466-6142, or soek@ipfw.edu.

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