Laos

WHY PEOPLE WERE FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES:

With the withdrawal of US forces from South East Asia in 1975, the communist Pathet Lao took control of the government of Laos ending a six-century-old monarchy and sending refugees streaming across the border into Thailand. These refugees were eventually resettled internationally and were the first contemporary refugee population resettled in Vermont. The first Lao refugees were resettled in Springfield in 1980.

LOATIANS IN VERMONT

Blog Post: Souphine Phathsoungneune to Receive Vermont Heritage Artist Governor's Award

 Article describing award presented to Souphine Phathsoungneune, a folk opera singer relocated from Laos to Brattleboro, VT, for his work on the music production “I Think of This Every Time I Think of Mountains.”

Green Mountain Lao Association

 Contact information for the Green Mountain Lao Association.

Twin Cities Daily Planet Article: Documenting a diaspora: 40 years and beyond

 Article describing preparations for the 40th anniversary of the Lao diaspora with mentions of now Vermont residents Souphine Phathsoungneune and Phayvanh Luekhamhan.

Blog of Montpelier based Laos poet and writer Phayvanh Luekhamhan

 Phayvanh Luekhamhan shares her stories and thoughts on life.