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
Twin Cities Daily Planet Article: Documenting a diaspora: 40 years and beyond
Blog of Montpelier based Laos poet and writer Phayvanh Luekhamhan