How many Laos people are in the US?

How many Laos people are in the US?

How many Laos people are in the US?

There are about over 200,000 ethnic Lao in America. Approximately 8,000 to 11,000 Americans are of mixed Lao and other descent. Ethnic Lao people may identify as both Lao American and Laotian American (see also Hmong American).

What race is someone from Laos?

The Lao people are a Tai ethnic group native to Southeast Asia, who speak the eponymous language of the Kra–Dai languages. They are the majority ethnic group of Laos, making up 53.2% of the total population. The majority of Lao people adhere to Theravada Buddhism.

Why did the Hmong leave Laos?

One hundred and fifty thousand Hmong have fled Laos since their country fell to communist forces in 1975. Displaced from their villages, which were either bombed out or burned by the North Vietnamese and the new Lao communist regime, many Hmong became refugees in their own country.

Why are people leaving Laos?

War and political oppression at home drive out many Laotians, in particular the Hmong hill people who fill refugee camps north of Ubon. These people, armed in the 1960s by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, are today the target of repeated suppression drives by the government if they stay in Laos.

Is Laos indigenous?

There are four ethnolinguistic families in Laos. Lao-Tai language-speaking groups represent two-thirds of the population. The other third speaks languages belonging to the Mon-Khmer, Sino-Tibetan and Hmong-Ew-Hmien families and are considered to be the Indigenous Peoples of Laos.

What are Laotian people called?

The main group is the ethnic Lao, who make up 53% of the population. A common mistake is to call people from Laos ‘Lao’. The correct term for people that live in Laos is ‘Laotian’. The term ‘indigenous peoples’ is not used by the Laotian government. Instead, they refer to non-Lao people as ‘ethnic minorities’.

What is the difference between Laos and Hmong?

“The word ‘Lao’ is traditionally used to describe the Lao people, who are the majority in Laos. The Hmong are an ethnic group within the country of Laos. In Laos, the Hmong are called Hmong, even by the majority Lao. So as not to confuse people, Hmong are Hmong and Lao are Lao.

Are Hmong and Vietnamese the same?

The answer is depending on the national identity, as the Hmong ethnic have lived traditionally in Southern China, Northern Vietnam, Northern Laos, and Myanmar. If you are of Hmong ethnic identity and your national identity is Vietnamese, you could say that you are Vietnamese.

Where did Lao refugees go?

Many were first relocated to Thailand. When the U.S. removed military support in May 1975, it transported thousands of refugees into Thailand. By the end of that year, more than 40,000 other refugees had also fled to Thailand. Some have been living in Thai camps for over a decade.