Tuesday, 23 December 2008

hmong in french guiana

Almost exactly three years ago we went to Laos and northern Thailand, one of our most fascinating trips ever. Certainly as fascinating as byzantine and hellenistic period ruins in Turkey, and that's saying something.

Desperately poor, and utterly deeply fascinating the history of that area got well under my skin and I've maintained an interest in the area ever since, including the various hill tribes of the area, including the Hmong.

The Hmong basically backed the wrong side. Some stayed, a lot left. While I knew that many had relocated to Nebraska, not always happily, what I didn't know was that some were happily farming vegetables in French Guiana, and generally making a go of it ...

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