People Group Info
Total Population: 472,090ROP3 Code: 105643
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Lao
Language: Lao - (lao)
Country of Origin: Laos
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 8,550
Fresno, CA - 6,489
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA - 5,807
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Lao are sometimes reluctant to talk to people they do not know because of their English speaking ability. Even Lao who have been in North America for twenty years have trouble communicating. Lao families are fairly large as they cooperate as a community and help each other. As a result they seem to be concentrated at a few businesses. One aspect of their identity that the Lao seem particularly eager to stress is that of their new status as Americans. When asked what is important to them they are very excited about getting green cards. Despite some cultural hurdles such as language, they feel very comfortable in North America and are optimistic about the possibilities for them.
The Lao are Theravada Buddhists and their pagodas are the hubs of their social activities. Their fear of spirits keeps them in bondage, however, and often one can find altars and miniature temples in their homes where offerings are made to appease the spirits.
Ancestors are also revered. They tie strings on each other’s wrists at many ceremonies like weddings and farewells. These strings signify the keeping of the ‘khwan’ spirits within the person for a healthy and successful life. Some festivals, like the New Year go back further than Buddhism to Hindu and animistic elements.
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|Country||City||Metro Area Name||State / Prov.||Baseline Population|
|United States||Jonesboro||Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell||GA||2,000|
|United States||Austin||Austin-Round Rock||TX||400|
|United States||Port Arthur||Beaumont-Port Arthur||TX||124|
|United States||Richland Hills||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington||TX||8,550|
|United States||Fort Smith||Fort Smith||AR||2,288|
|United States||Hartford||Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford||CT||997|
|United States||Houston||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land||TX||2,206|
|United States||Kansas City||Kansas City||KS||202|
|United States||Las Vegas||Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise||NV||1,621|
|United States||Anaheim||Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim||CA||5,939|
|United States||Louisville||Louisville/Jefferson County||KY||395|
|United States||Milw||Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis||WI||2,554|
|United States||Minneapolis||Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington||MN||6,844|
|United States||Oklahoma City||Oklahoma City||OK||918|