Story: Laotians

Souphong Lanthong and his sons

Souphong Lanthong and his sons

Souphong (right) like many other refugees, spoke very little English when he arrived in New Zealand. One of his first challenges was to learn the language. Trained as a teacher in Laos, he also spoke French but could not get a job in New Zealand as his qualifications were not recognised. He eventually found work in a biscuit factory. He was photographed with his sons in Wellington in 1988.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1988/3942/12-F
Photograph by John Nicholson

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Man Hau Liev and Rosa Chhun, 'Laotians - Community', 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