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Collection Details


Collection Name: Southeast Asian History: Hmong
Repository Name: California State University, Long Beach. Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Long Beach, California, United States
URL: http://salticid.nmc.csulb.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/OralAural.woa/
Material Formats: [6 documents with audio]
Description: The Hmong are subsistence farming mountain people who live in China and Southeast Asia. Many of those in Laos allied themselves with the US during the Vietnam war, hoping to protect their way of life. They are one of the montangard groups referred to in discussions of the war. Many worked directly with the CIA in northern Laos and some were part of the Hmong guerilla/Royal Lao Army under General Vang Pao. In May, 1975, following the withdrawal of US forces from Vietnam and the communist victories in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, the CIA evacuated 2,500 Hmong from Long Cheng, the CIA stronghold. Over the course of the next ten years, it is estimated that more than 100,000 Hmong fled to Thailand.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 6
Interviews: [7 interview(s) listed in this collection]
Broad Subjects: Military; Ethnic groups; Politics; Wars and Conflicts
ASP Subjects: Emigration and immigration; Hmong (Asian people)--California; Hmong (Asian people)--Long Beach (Calif.); Hmong Americans; Laos; Oral history; Refugees--Asia, Southeastern; Southeast Asia; U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Langley, VA; United States; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Collection Code: OHC0004572