All posts tagged: Argentina

HELP: Lao Argentinian looking for lost family in United States

Story Update: YAYYYYY!! The family has been found! The family has been found! We’re so happy to having helped make this a reality. This no longer needs to be shared—unless you want to share this post on, about our collective success. While I’m super happy for them—I’m reminded how many people were involved to making this happy reunion, reality. On FB alone, we had OVER 16,000 people reached, nearly 150 shares, and WE MADE THIS HAPPEN IN LESS THAN 24 hours. While the war tore us apart…it’s times like these that I’m also reminded how much better and stronger we are, working together. Huge thanks and shout out to our Little Laos community. #laodandproud  –Saysomphorn Sisavatdy ~~~~ Ngao Singor and Saman Ponevilai were from Khammouane Province in Laos. Now in their 60s, they have lived for almost four decades in Argentina, a country on the Atlantic Coast of South America where they resettled as refugees, where they raised three children and built a home. Ngao and Saman arrived as a young couple to the Ezeiza …

Monica Phromsavanh: The Lao New Yorker with Argentinian Roots

Many who know about the history of Lao refugees already know about the largest Lao Diaspora communities that existed in America, France and Canada, but little has been known about the over 1,800 Laotians who started new lives in Argentina (the 8th largest population of Lao outside of Laos). A brief survey from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees tells a snippet of what life was like for Lao Argentinians: A 1986 report indicates Laotians in particular had a difficult time adapting to Argentine life, and had difficulty finding work. [ World Refugee Survey 1986, p. 59.] Following the country’s economic decline, which sharpened after the Falklands War, the government promulgated a decree giving Indochinese refugees the possibility of acquiring Argentine nationality, of enjoying full rights, and of choosing their settlement location. [ World Refugee Survey 1983, p. 52.] Many sought jobs in Buenos Aires, and some five hundred Laotians reportedly ended up requesting repatriation after unsuccessful attempts at settling. By 1986, however, only 17 families had been granted visas to leave Argentina. [ World Refugee Survey …