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Lao (Asian people)


  • Ethnic Lao. For residents of Laos in general see [Laotians.]

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    • Laos (Asian people)
    • Laotian Tai (Asian people)
    • Phou Lao (Asian people)
  • Sources

    • found: Britannica online, Feb. 2, 2016:Laos - History (The Lao people, the predominant ethnic group in present-day Laos, are a branch of the Tai peoples)
    • found: The world factbook, via WWW, Feb. 2, 2016(under Laos: Ethnic groups: Lao 54.6%, Khmou 10.9%, Hmong 8%, Tai 3.8%, Phuthai 3.3%, Lue 2.2%, Katang 2.1%, Makong 2.1%, Akha 1.6%, other 10.4%, unspecified 1% (2005 est.))
    • found: Stuart-Fox, M. Historical dictionary of Laos, 2008:pp. lii-liii (by the 15th century, the Lao people had spread across the Khorat Plateau, now northeast Thailand. To this day, about four times as many ethnic Lao live in Thailand as in Laos; The population is ethnically very diverse--49 different ethnic groups were recognized in the 2005 census--but can be divided broadly into three categories.)
    • found: Southeast Asia : a historical encyclopedia ... c2004(Lao. The Lao people of northern Indochina and northeast Thailand are a subgroup of the Tʼai peoples; most ethnic Lao reside across the Mekong River in Isan in northeast Thailand; Lao Loum (lowland Lao) includes ethnic Lao people)
    • found: Lebar, F.M. Ethnic groups of mainland Southeast Asia, c1964:p. 215 (Laotian Tai. Synonym: Phou Lao. The term Laotian Tai is here used to distinguish those Lao living within the political boundaries of Laos, but also includes recent refugees into northeastern Thailand; of the total population of Laos, about one-half are Laotian Tai; the Laotian Tai are closely related, if not identical with, the Lao of northeastern Thailand; Laotian Tai sharply distinguish themselves from the upland Tai (Black Tai, Red Tai, Phuthai, Tai Neua, Tai Phuan) of northern Laos)
    • found: Merriam-Webster dictionary online, Feb. 2, 2016(Lao plural Lao or Laos 1 : a member of a Buddhist people living in Laos and adjacent parts of northeastern Thailand 2 : the Thai language of the Lao people)
  • General Notes

    • Ethnic Lao. For residents of Laos in general see [Laotians.]
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    • Note under [Laotians]
  • Change Notes

    • 2016-02-02: new
    • 2016-05-10: revised
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