Story: Laotians

Colombo Plan students

Colombo Plan students

Not all Laotians came to New Zealand as refugees: Mrs Chanthouma Souvannakhilya and Mr Chittavoravong Saly (photographed in 1967) arrived as students under the Colombo Plan. Mrs Souvannakhilya was the first Laotian woman to do so. She is wearing the national costume, made by her mother.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1967/0580/6

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Man Hau Liev and Rosa Chhun, 'Laotians - Immigration: escaping the Killing Fields', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Man Hau Liev and Rosa Chhun, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015