Famous people from Laos
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Vang Pao was a Lieutenant General in the Royal Lao Army. He was a leader in the Hmong American community in the United States.
Ken Low Wai-kwong is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, and stuntman. He was a member of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team.
H.H. Prince Boun Oum was the son of King Ratsadanay, and was the hereditary prince of Champassak and also Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Laos from 1948-1950 and again in 1960-1962.
Chloe Dao is an American fashion designer of Vietnamese descent who lives and works in Houston, US. She was the winner of the second season of the reality show Project Runway with a collection of women's evening wear. Many of the pieces in her finale collection featured billowing, voluminous sleeves, removable shrugs and strong brocade prints.
Lieutenant General Choummaly Sayasone is General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. He was elected as Party General Secretary on 21 March 2006, in the aftermath of the Party's 8th Congress by the 1st plenum of the 8th Central Committee, succeeding Khamtai Siphandon, and he subsequently succeeded Siphandon as President on June 8, 2006. Choummaly was born in Attapu. He joined the Party's Politburo in 1991 and served as Minister of Defence from 1991 to 2001. Subsequently he was Vice President from 2001 to 2006. In March 2011, he was reelected to his position as party General Secretary at the 9th LPRP Congress. In June 2011, he was re-elected as President of Laos at the Seventh Lao National Assembly.
Professional Poker Player
Xao "Jerry" Yang is an ethnic Hmong poker player from Temecula, California and the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. Yang started playing poker in 2005. An amateur player at the time, Yang entered the 2007 World Series of Poker after winning a $225 satellite at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula. Prior to the World Series, he had four cashes in local California events. At the final table, Yang went from starting eighth in chips to holding a big chip lead that he never relinquished. The process of accumulating this chip lead involved Yang knocking out seven of the eight other players at the final table. Heads-up against Tuan Lam, he won the title with 8♣ 8♦ against Lam's A♦ Q♦ when he hit a nine-high straight on the river after Lam had caught a queen on the flop on a board of 5♠ Q♣ 9♣ 7♦ 6♥. After a 12-hour final table, Yang had won $8,250,000 for the victory. As of 2009, the majority of his live tournament winnings, $8,263,393, have come from his win at the 2007 main event. Yang summarized his tournament strategy: "I study my opponents very carefully, and when I sensed something, when I sensed some weakness, I took a chance. Even if I had nothing, I decided to raise, reraise, push all-in or make a call....The only way that I could win this tournament was by being aggressive from the very beginning and that’s exactly what I did. And thank God I was also able to pick up some good cards at the same time." Once Yang was guaranteed a share of the prize money he pledged to donate 10% percent of his winnings to three charities, as well as his alma mater, Loma Linda University.
Kaysone Phomvihane was the leader of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party from 1955, though Souphanouvong served in a figurehead role. He served as the first Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic from 1975 to 1991 and then as President from 1991 until his death a year later, in 1992.
Prince Souphanouvong was, along with his half-brother Prince Souvanna Phouma and Prince Boun Oum of Champasak, one of the “Three Princes” who represented respectively the communist, neutralist, and royalist political factions in Laos. He was the figurehead President of Laos from December 1975 to August 1991. Souphanouvong was one of the sons of Prince Bounkhong, the last vice-king of Luang Prabang. Unlike his half-brothers, Souvanna Phouma and Phetsarath, whose mothers were of royal birth, his mother was a commoner, Mom Kham Ouane. Educated in France and Vietnam, he eventually became a supporter of Ho Chi Minh and joined the Indochinese communist movement. In August 1950, Souphanouvong convened the first congress of the Lao Freedom Front — more generally known as the Pathet Lao - which served as the vehicle for the communist challenge to French rule. He was the chairman of the Neo Lao Issara and Resistance Government. Nicknamed “The Red Prince”, he became the figurehead leader of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, and upon its successful seizure of power in 1975, he became the first President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, a position which he held until his retirement in 1986. After 1986, Phoumi Vongvichit Succeeded as president, Kaysone Phomvihane succeeded as president in 1991.
Sisavang Vatthana or sometimes Savang Vatthana was the last king of the Kingdom of Laos. He ruled from 1959 after his father's death until his forced abdication in 1975. Savang Vatthana proved unable to manage a country in political turmoil. His rule ended with the takeover by the Pathet Lao in 1975, after which he and his family were sent to a re-education camp by the new government.
Chivalric Order Member
Sisavang Phoulivong, was king of Kingdom of Luang Phrabang and later Kingdom of Laos from 28 April 1904 until his death on 20 October 1959.
Prince Souvanna Phouma was the leader of the neutralist faction and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Laos several times from 1951–1954, 1956–1958, 1960 and 1962-1975.
Prince Phetsarath Rattanavongsa was prime minister of Laos from 1942 to 1945, and was the first and last vice-king of the Kingdom of Laos.
Thongsing Thammavong is a Laotian politician who has been Prime Minister of Laos since 2010. He is a member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and has been a member of the LPRP Politburo since 1991. He currently serves in the National Assembly of Laos, representing Luang Prabang Province, and was the President of the National Assembly from 2006 to 2010. He became Prime Minister on 23 December 2010.
Chai Soua Vang is a naturalized U.S. citizen and a Hmong immigrant from Laos. While on a hunting trip in northern Wisconsin, Vang shot eight people, who were also hunting in the area, on November 21, 2004. Six were killed and two were left wounded. According to court proceedings prior to his conviction, Vang acknowledged shooting the people, but challenged the chain of events that caused a dispute over a deer stand to become violent and escalate into multiple deaths. Vang, who lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the time of the shootings, is currently being held at Iowa State Penitentiary.
Mee Moua, is the president and executive director of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. Prior to her current post, she served as the vice president for strategic impact initiatives at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, where she was the executive administrator of the Washington, D.C. office and managed the communications, government relations, policy analysis and research functions of the organization. Moua was the first Hmong American woman elected to a state legislature, where she served as a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. She represented District 67 in the Minnesota Senate, which includes portions of the city of Saint Paul in Ramsey County, which is in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. On May 16, 2010, she announced that she would not run for a third term. Moua chaired the Judiciary Committee and held the highest office of any Hmong American politician. She also served on the senate's Taxes and Transportation committees, and was a member of the Finance subcommittee for the Public Safety Budget Division and the Transportation Budget and Policy Division, of the Judiciary Subcommittee for Data Practices, and of the Taxes Subcommittee for the Property Tax Division.
Nguyen Dinh Thi
Nguyễn Đình Thi was a Vietnamese writer and a composer.
Bouasone Bouphavanh was Prime Minister of Laos from 2006 to 2010. He was officially appointed to the office by the National Assembly of Laos on June 8, 2006, during a major government reshuffle. He replaced Bounnhang Vorachith who became vice president. Bouasone had previously served as first deputy prime minister since October 3, 2003. Before that, he was third deputy prime minister and was president of the State Planning Committee. He ranks seventh in the Politburo. He was replaced as Prime Minister on 23 December 2010 by Thongsing Thammavong. He was educated at a primary school and secondary school in Salavan Province and Champasak Province from 1961 to 1974 and later at the Communist Party Institute in Moscow in the Soviet Union from 1986 to 1990. Appointed prime minister at the age of 52, Bouasone is part of a new generation of leaders in the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, signaling a possible shift in Laos' traditional firm reliance on its ties to Vietnam to increased reliance and cooperation with China. As part of the overhaul of Laos economy Bouphavanh has announced plans to increase foreign investment in Laos and open a Laotian stock exchange. In 1975, shortly before the fall of Vientiane to the Pathet Lao, he was a student activist who played a key role in protests against the previous regime. He is considered a protégé of former party leader Khamtai Siphandon.
Visay Phaphouvanin is Laotian footballer who plays for home town club Vientiane Capital as a striker. He is a member of Laos national football team, played at the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Somdetch Brhat-Anya Fa Ladhuraniya Sri Sadhana Kanayudha Maharaja Brhat Rajadharana Sri Chudhana Negara better known as Fa Ngum established the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang in 1354.
Siluck Saysanasy is a Laotian-Canadian television actor. Saysanasy is best known for playing "Yick Yu", a character from the Degrassi series. He went to high school at Vaughan Road Academy in Toronto, Ontario, in the Interact program. One of his real-life best friends is Pat Mastroianni, who played Joey Jeremiah on Degrassi.
Lamnao Singto born 15 April 1988 in Luang Prabang, is a Laotian football player. He has played for Provincial Electricity Authority in the Thailand Premier League, the top division of the Thailand football League. In 2010 Lamnao moved to one of the top teams in Laos, YOTHA FC in the Lao League. He features in the most recent Beerlao TV advertisement for promoting the 2009 Southeast Asian Games which were held in Vientiane, Laos.
Bounnhang Vorachith is the vice president of Laos. He served as deputy prime minister from 1996 to 2001, and then was appointed prime minister. He became vice president on June 8, 2006 when Bouasone Bouphavanh was appointed prime minister. He is member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.
Crown Prince Soulivong Savang, grandson of the last King of Laos Savang Vatthana, is the pretender to the Lao throne. Laos was a monarchy until 1975, when the communist Pathet Lao seized control of the nation, causing Savang Vatthana to abdicate his throne. Soulivong Savang lives in self-imposed exile in Paris.
Bryan Thao Worra
Bryan Thao Worra is a Laotian American writer. His books include On The Other Side Of The Eye, Touching Detonations, Winter Ink, Barrow and The Tuk Tuk Diaries: My Dinner With Cluster Bombs. He is the first Laotian American to receive a Fellowship in Literature from the United States government's National Endowment for the Arts. He received the Asian Pacific Leadership Award from the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans for Leadership in the Arts in 2009. He was selected as a Cultural Olympian representing Laos during the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Khan "Bob" Malaythong is an American badminton player. He qualified for the U.S. badminton team as a doubles competitor at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Malaythong moved to the United States at age 8. Malaythong teamed with Howard Bach in men's doubles. Malaythong graduated from William Jefferson Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Santa Ana College. Malaythong portrayed a Chinese badminton player in a Vitamin Water commercial starring David Ortiz and Brian Urlacher. Malaythong now currently coaches at the Royal Badminton Academy in Menlo Park, along with fellow Olympian and long-time friend, Raju Rai.
Captain Lee Lue was a Laotian Hmong fighter bomber pilot notable for flying more combat missions than any other pilot in the Kingdom of Laos. Lee Lue flew continuously, as many as 10 missions a day and averaging 120 combat missions a month to build a total of more than 5,000 sorties. Lee Lue was the leader of the special group of Hmong pilots flying T-28Ds out of Long Tieng against the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese positions. The group was funded by the CIA and was part of the regular Royal Lao Air Force, but took orders directly from MR2 Commander Gen. Vang Pao. He was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and killed over Laos near Muong Suoi on July 12, 1969. A motto attributed to him was "Fly 'til you die." He was posthumously promoted to Major.
King Zakarine, also known as Sakkarin, Sakharine, Sackarine, Zackarine, and Zacharine was the King of Luang Prabang from 1895 to 1904.
Touby Lyfoung was a Hmong political and military leader. Born in 1917 in Nong Het, Laos, he became the first Hmong politician to achieve national prominence. During his long career, which began under French colonial rule and extended to the communist takeover in 1975, he supported the Royal Lao Government and American involvement in the Secret War.
Phoui Sananikone was Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Laos on two occasions in 1950 to 1951 and again from 1958 to 1959, and also served as Foreign Minister on multiple occasions.
Phoumi Vongvichit was a leading figure of the Pathet Lao and an elder statesman of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. He was born April 6, 1909 in Xieng Khouang, the son of a civil servant. He was educated in the Lao capital Vientiane, after which he joined the colonial civil service. After postings in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Xieng Khouang, he was promoted to district chief and served in Xieng Khouang and Vientiane. In January 1945 he was appointed governor of Houaphan where he remained until the Japanese surrender in August 1945. The following month, Phoumi cooperated with Free French forces when they briefly seized the town of Sam Neua, but subsequently he joined the anti-colonialist Lao Issara movement and worked closely with the Viet Minh to oppose the return of French authority in Indochina. In 1946, after the French reasserted their authority in Laos, Phoumi made his way to northern Thailand where for the next three years he was active in the Lao Issara. At the end of 1949, having refused to accept the offer of amnesty upon dissolution of the Lao Issara government-in-exile in Thailand, Phoumi was one of the handful of Lao who joined Souphanouvong in northern Vietnam. There he attended the founding congress of the Neo Lao Issara. Phoumi was nominated both Secretary-General of the Front, and Minister of the Interior and Deputy Prime Minister in the Pathet Lao Resistance government that the Front established in opposition to the Royal Lao government in Vientiane. The Resistance government gained no international recognition, but Phoumi nominally retained both positions until the Geneva Agreements of 1954 brought the First Indochina War to an end.
Vong Phaophanit is an artist based in London. Phaophanit is best known for his large-scale installations which incorporate a wide range of materials including ash, silk, rice, rubber, wax and often light.
Somsavat Lengsavad is a deputy prime minister of Laos. An ethnic Chinese, Chinese name: 凌绪光, who hails from Luang Prabang with ancestry from Hainan, he was a protégé of Kaysone Phomvihane. He became foreign minister in 1993 and served until June 8, 2006, when he was replaced by Thongloun Sisoulith.
Cy Thao is a Laotian-born Hmong politician from Minnesota and a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives representing District 65A, which includes portions of the city of Saint Paul. A Democrat, he was first elected in 2002. He did not seek re-election in 2010, and left office on January 3, 2011. In 1975, Thao's family fled from Communists in Laos and lived in a refugee camp in Thailand until moving to the United States in 1980. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He credits Scouting with helping him blend into American society and teaching him the values of community obligation. Thao is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris.
Thongloun Sisoulith is a Deputy Prime Minister of Laos, as well as the current Foreign Minister. He became Deputy Prime Minister and President of the State Planning Committee on March 27, 2001, and subsequently he was appointed as Foreign Minister on June 8, 2006, replacing Somsavat Lengsavad. He is a politburo member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, ranking fifth. Sisoulith was born in the Houaphan province of Laos, and he studied at Pedagogical College of Neo Lao Hak Sat in Houaphan from 1962 to 1969. He was further educated in the Soviet Union. In addition to Lao, he speaks Vietnamese, Russian and English. Throughout his years in government he has an extensive list of appointments. He was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1987 to 1992, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare from 1993 to 1997, and a member of the National Assembly from 1998 to 2000.
Vong Savang was the Crown Prince to throne of the Kingdom of Laos. After the Laotian Civil War in 1975, he and his family were arrested by the Pathet Lao and sent to re-education camps, where they died.
Oun Kham was King of Luang Prabang during 1872-1887 and a second time between 1889 and 1895. On 7 June 1887 the Lao royal capital was seized and sacked; the elderly ruler barely escaped with his life. Between his two ruling period he was exiled in Bangkok where he gave assistance to Auguste Pavie. The last two years of his reign ended with the establishment of a French protectorate over Laos.
Khamphoui was the Queen of Laos and consort to His Majesty Sisavang Vatthana, the second King of Laos. She was arrested with the rest of her family and reportedly died in a re-education camp in 1982.
Ketsada Souksavanh is a Laotian soccer player.
Mai Neng Moua
Mai Neng Moua is a Hmong writer and a founder of the Paj Ntaub Voice, a Hmong literary magazine. She is also the editor of the first anthology of Hmong American writers, Bamboo Among the Oaks. She resides in Minnesota. When Moua was diagnosed with endstage renal disease as a junior at St. Olaf College, she searched for inspiration and comfort in writing by her fellow Hmong-Americans. This experience inspired Moua to publish the first edition of Paj Ntuab Voice and to edit Bamboo Among the Oaks. Predominantly a creative non-fiction writer, she has been published in How do I Begin?, Where One Voice Ends, Another Begins, Healing by Heart, Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and We Are the Freedom People. Her literary awards include the Bush Artists Fellowship, the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, the Jerome Travel Grant, and the Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series. Moua has a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and attended the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She currently works for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development as a Rapid Response Specialist. Her previous jobs include being the program coordinator for the Kellogg Action Lab at Fieldstone Alliance and the public policy coordinator for The Institute for New Americans. She has taught creative writing to youth through the Jane Addams School for Democracy, COMPAS, and Success Beyond the Classroom. Moua was also a pivotal figure in the creation of the Hmong American Institute for Learning, a non-profit organization based in Minnesota that focused on Hmong oral histories, the literary arts and the continued publication of the Paj Ntaub Voice Hmoob Literary Journal.
Lormong Lo was the first Hmong American to be appointed to a city council in the U.S, in 1994, to manage the largest metropolitan city of a state like Nebraska. He was re-elected in June 1997 to a second full-term from 1997 until June 2001. In June 1997, Lo is the first Hmong ever to become president of a city council in the U.S., Omaha City Council, who presided over the official meetings of the council. He is the first to ever hold the title of Acting Mayor of the City of Omaha starting in June 1997. Lo was the first Hmong American to ever become elected President of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials by his APAMO colleagues, a constituency group of the National League of Cities, in Washington, D.C.. He was selected to be Vice-Chair of both the Economic Development Committee and the Program Committee of NLC. In these positions, he helped write municipal policies, e.g., housing and economic development policies for the 15,000 cities in the United States and was responsible for its conference planning. He often lobbied the U.S. Congress and White House officials on policies of interest to the cities, especially credit, economic, housing and immigration policies.
Soukaphone Vongchiengkham is a footballer who plays as a midfielder. He currently plays for Krabi in the Thai Division 1 League. He is a member of Laos national football team.
Vilayphone Vongphachanh is a female Laotian Olympic freestyle swimmer. As a member of the Laos team she competed at the age of 15 in the 2004 Summer Olympics in the Women's 50m Freestyle. She also swam at the 2008 Olympics. In 2004, she had the slowest time out of all 73 women in the event. Her result was typical for Laos, which up to the 2004 games, has always placed last or next to last in every event it has competed in. In Laos, she was only able to train in a pool half the size of a standard Olympic size swimming pool, and like other Laotian athletes had limited times to do so. Sue Maci of Parade attributed the poor results to Laos being one of the ten poorest countries in the world. Previously, in 2003, she competed in the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. She ranked 98 out of 100 in the 50m freestyle, and 57 out of 58 in the 50m breaststroke. As of 2006 Vilayphone Vongphachanh is a swimming judge for the FINA Masters
Lieutenant General Samane Vignaket is a former President of the National Assembly of Laos, who was in charge of ideological and cultural works of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party. He was a member of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Politburo of the LPRP.
Major Vang Sue was a Laotian Hmong fighter pilot. Recipient of the USAF Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew over 4,000 combat missions as a T-28 bomber pilot. Vang trained briefly with Hmong fighter ace Lee Lue before Lee was shot down and became General Vang Pao's preeminent pilot after Lee's death. He frequently flew on 15 days consecutively, and often as much as 15 sorties in a day. Renowned for his daring and bombing accuracy, Vang was shot down by anti-aircraft guns and killed in October 1974.
Phathana Inthavong is a Laotian swimmer specializing in freestyle. He competed in the 50 m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He also competed in the 100 m event at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships.
Outhine Bounyavong was a Laotian writer, known especially for works of contemporary fiction. Born in 1942 in Xaignabouli Province, he grew up in the capital, Vientiane, where one of his early teachers was Somchine Nginn, author of the first novel in Lao. Outhine held a variety of jobs during the 1960s, and began to publish short fictional works in newspapers and magazines. He came to be associated with the group of writers who were the children of Maha Sila Viravong, an important Laotian scholar. Eventually he married one of this group, Duangdeuane Viravong, a prominent author in her own right. Outhine worked during the Laotian Civil War and, after the Communist victory in 1975, continued to write for the State Publishing House. Many of his stories celebrate traditional aspects of Laotian rural life, and at least one collection has been translated into English as Mother's Beloved.
Steffinnie Phrommany is an actress.
Sopha Saysana is a Laotian footballer who plays for Thai club Nong Khai. He played for Laos national football team at the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Soukthavy Soundala is a Laotian footballer who plays for Ezra. He played for Laos national football team at the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Khonesavanh Sihavong is a Laotian footballer who plays for Lao Police Club. He played for Laos national football team at the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Chaleunsilp Phia Sing was royal chef and master of ceremonies to the kings of Laos, and in this capacity he worked at the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang. He was also, according to Alan Davidson, "physician, architect, choreographer, sculptor, painter and poet". In addition he was mentor to the Laotian princes Souvanna Phouma and Souvannavong, and accompanied them when they studied at the University of Hanoi in the 1920s. Shortly before his death Phia Sing wrote out in two notebooks the recipes used by him as royal chef. He entrusted them to prince Souvanna Phouma, who lent them to Alan Davidson in 1974. Davidson published some of the recipes in his Fish and Fish Dishes of Laos in 1975, and afterwards arranged for them to be translated in full by Phouangphet Vannithone and Boon Song Klausner. They were published in a bilingual edition, illustrated by Soun Vannithone, in 1981.
Khampheng Sayavutthi born 19 July 1986 in Vientiane, is a Laotian football player, who has played for YOTHA FC in the Lao League, the top division of the Lao football League, and the Laos national team. He currently plays for Khonkaen in the Thai Division 1 League. He played 10 games and scored 2 goals for Khonkaen.
Souliya Siphasay is a Laotian football player.
Manolom Phomsouvanh is a Laotian footballer who playing for Nong Khai in Thai Regional League Division 2. He is the member of Laotian national team, played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.
Ouane Rattikone, a Laotian general, was the commander-in-chief of the Royal Lao Armed Forces, the official military of the Royal Lao Government, during the 1960s. An ally of the United States during the Vietnam War, Ouane developed a close relationship with William H. Sullivan, the US ambassador, and Ted Shackley, the CIA station chief in Vientiane. Despite intense conflict amongst the FAR regional commanders, Ouane was pivotal in providing local military support against the North Vietnamese Army and the Pathet Lao in the northern regions of Laos. Ouane was also heavily involved in the trafficking of opium throughout Southeast Asia. Despite widespread conspiracy theories of CIA complicity in drug trafficking, an investigation by the US Senate found no evidence of CIA involvement. In his memoirs, Shackley unapologetically stated that the CIA essentially turned a blind eye to the drug trafficking because their resources were already being sapped by the war in Vietnam.
Nakhone Keodara is an actor.
Gary Yia Lee
Gary Yia Lee is a Hmong anthropologist and author based in Australia. Lee was born in Ban Houei Kouang, Muong Mok, Xieng Khouang, Laos. In 1961, his family was displaced by the civil war and they joined other Hmong refugees in the city of Vientiane. He excelled in a Lao school system run by the French, and had hopes of attending college in France. In 1965, after winning a Colombo Plan scholarship, he traveled to Australia instead to finish high school Lee confesses that he was taken aback by a country and a schooling system so different from the French model under which he had been previously educated. Sports were emphasized and valued, he says, perhaps even more than academic skill. Nonetheless, upon finishing high school in 1969, Lee enrolled at the University of New South Wales. "I chose social work because every time I came home, there were all these poor, starving refugees with nowhere to go, and no food," said Lee in a 2005 interview. "I thought I might be able to do something for them, but . . . after I did two years of social work, it’s all about . . . case work, working on advising people on how to sort out their personal problems. And I thought, ‘How can I do this in Laos? There are thousands of starving people! I can’t just give advice—and nobody would employ me." As a result, Lee pleaded with his brother-in-law and his uncle Touby LyFoung to help him stay in Australia to earn a Master's degree in community development.
Prince Somsanith Vongkotrattana was the Prime Minister of Laos. He was born in Luang Prabang, Laos. His mother, Sanghiemkham, was one of Prince Bounkhong daughters, married Souvannarath, would late become Prime Minister, making Prince Souvanna Phouma, Prince Souphanouvong, Prince Phetsarath and Prince Kindavong his step uncles.
Keoviengphet Liththideth is a Laotian football player who plays for Ezra in Lao League. He is a member of Laos national football team.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Kilakone Siphonexay is a Laotian runner who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 100 m event. He was the flag bearer of Laos during the opening ceremony.
Khamla Pinkeo is a Laotian footballer. He made his first appearance for the Laos national football team in 2010.
Kanlaya Sysomvang in Laos is a footballer who plays as a Forward. He currently plays for Khonkaen in the Thai Premier League and the Laos national football team.
Malichansouk Kouanchao is an award-winning Lao American visual artist, web and interactive designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the subject of a children's book Mali Under the Night Sky. Her multidisciplinary works explore the relationship between art, transformation, and communal healing.
Keo Souvannavong is an actor.
Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya is a Laotian soccer player.
Seng Athit Somvang
Seng Athit Somvang is a Laotian soccer player.
Soth Phetrasy was a leading official of the Pathet Lao, the communist guerrilla movement of Laos associated with the Lao People's Party, during the 1960s and 1970s.
Chuefong Xiong is a Laotian football player.
Sengphachan Bounthisanh is a Laotian footballer playing for Vientiane in Lao League. He is a member of Laos national football team.
Chintana Souksavath is a Laotian football player. He is a member of Laos national football team.
Van Lam Vissay
Van-Lam Vissay is an actor and a singer.
Laenly Phoutthavong is a Laotian runner who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 100 m event.
Sourasay Keosouvandeng is a Laotian soccer player.
Queen Kham-Oun I is mother of Savang Vatthana. She died at the Royal Palace, Luang Prabang.
Konekham Inthammavong born 10 July 1992 in Vientiane, is a Laotian football player, he is playing for Lao Bank FC in Lao League. He is a member of Laos national football team played at 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Kovanh Namthavixay is a Laotian footballer who plays for Lao Army FC in the Lao League. He is an international player.
Vilayout Sayyabounsou is a Laotian soccer player.
Viengsavang Sayyaboun is a Laotian soccer player.
Phatthana Syvilay is a Laotian football player who plays for Yotha in Lao League. He is a member of Laos national football team.
Phonepaseuth Sysoutham is a Laotian footballer who plays as a midfielder.
Khamphoumy Hanvilay is a Laotian football player who plays for Yotha. He is a member of Laos national football team.
Kitsada Thongkhen is a Laotian soccer player.
Lembo Saysana is a Laotian soccer player.
Daoneua Siviengxay is a Laotian footballer who plays for Vientiane. He played for Laos national football team at the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.
Souksadakone Liapvisay is a Laotian football player, he is playing for Yotha in Lao League. He is a member of Laos national football team. 1.70
Moukda Souksavath is a Laotian football player who plays for Vientiane. He is a member of Laos national football team.
Sangvone Phimmasen is a Laotian football player.
Kanya Kounvongsa is a Laotian football player who plays for Vientiane. He is a member of Laos national football team.
Pangnasith Phettikone is a Laotian football player. He is a member of Laos national football team.
Thothilath Sibounhuang is a Laotian footballer who plays as a defender.
Kita Sysavanh is a Lao professional football player. An attacking midfielder who plays on the wings, he is known for his long range shooting, crossing and passing. Sysavanh made his debut for Laos in 2007 and has since become a mainstay in the Laos midfield.
Odien Syharlad is a Laotian soccer player.
Sompong Manivanh is a Laotian soccer player.
Ole Bou Sa Ath
Ole Bou Sa Ath is a Laotian soccer player.
Dao Khotsaya is a Laotian football player.
Thierry Mekwattana is a singer, member of Carabao, Thai band.
Ova Saopeng appeared in the 2007 film Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End.