23 January 2020

#1808 Thailand

The Hmong are believed to have been the original inhabitants of the Yangtze River in ancient China. The expansion of neighboring Chinese from the north forced the Hmong to migrate southwards to Laos and Vietnam. Over the centuries, many wars have been waged against the Chinese. Greatly outnumbered, the Hmong suffered heavy casualties.

Futile efforts to establish themselves as an independent people apart from the expanding Chinese led to the Hmong's exodus further south, eventually into Southeast Asia. From here, they made their way into the territories of the European colonies that later gained independence and became known as Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar.

Today, the Hmong are found in the Thai Highlands, although some are found elsewhere within the country. The Hmong are becoming well integrated into Thai society as well as being the most successful. The current population of Hmong in Thailand is estimated to be roughly 151,080.

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Received on: January 22, 2020

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