[2015] Leina Bostic (4th Period ELA/Queener): Vientiane, Laos

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[2015] Leina Bostic (4th Period ELA/Queener): Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane, Laos

GeographyLaos is a country in Southeast Asia, boarder by Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and China. In the north of Laos, the Mekong River forms a short border with Burma and most of the border with Thailand. Vientiane, was destroyed by the Siamese early in the nineteenth century, but France reestablished it as the capital in 1893, when Laos became part of French Indochina.

Social ClassificationLaos has a division of labor by gender, men are considered more superior because of their ability to become monks. Women have high reputation in the private and civic realms. Among patrilineal groups such as the Hmong, women have less influence socially and culturally. Among the matrilineal groups in the south, such as the Ta Oy, they have high status.

Traditions & Customs •Pathet Laos Day January 6th•Lao New Year, April 13th–15th•Freedom from the French Day, October 12th •Art forms of weaving, basket making, wood carving, silverwork, and gold work•Performances of music and battles of knowledge and artistry between the sexes.

Daily LifeThe daily lives of rural people involve a number of other tasks, such as fetching water from wells, hunting for game, and gathering various forest products. The important tasks of gathering and processing of forest products are associated with women.

Interesting Facts•The official Laos language is Lao•The Laos religion is Buddhism • Laos were officially grouped by language and location in the Lao Loum, Lao Theung, and Lao Soung•Coins in Laos are known as Lao Kip

Crime StatusLaos has a high rate of crime over the past year. Burglary is common, some of which have occurred in broad daylight. There have also been reports of sexual assaults in Vientiane and Foreigners have reported incidents of drug-related crimes. There has been reports of scams and thefts of personal belongings.


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