Explore Ethnic Groups

Southeast Asia is a geographically diverse region in which numerous ethnic groups are based throughout Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. This section of SEAAdoc introduces the five major cultural groups documented by UCI’s Southeast Asian Archive as they are represented in the U.S. population, highlighting the transitions and challenges that the members of each group have faced as refugees and immigrants, as well as some basic distinctions among the groups. The focus is on those who migrated to the United States as a result of foreign intervention, neighboring animosities, and internal power struggles. As a result of internal political turmoil, some groups migrated within their home countries or found refuge (either temporarily or permanently) in neighboring Southeast Asian countries. The majority who became refugees and immigrants were, however, scattered throughout the world after 1975.



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