Lao Upstate New York
LAO UNY is a social organization who's members work together to develop their communities. Through advocacy and volunteering we work to enhance & ensure the enrichment of it's community members lives by hosting experiential events highlighting cultural heritage and traditions.
We are a Bi-partisan, non-denominational, organization that wants to promote inclusivity within the community regardless of age, sex, or race. Our focus is to provide a space to learn, live, engage, and celebrate the defining characteristics of the Lao cultural identity.
We are a diaspora community that calls the Greater Rochester Community home now. Our diaspora was the result of a mass exodus (Indochina Refugee Crisis) after the establishment of communism in our homelands in 1975. More than 3 million people left their ancesteral homelands and journeyed outside of their countries with hopes of finding peace and opportunity elsewhere.
The mass exodus in Southeast Asia resulted as a culmination of several historical and political events ranging from "The Secret War", Lao Civil War, Vietnam War, Fall of Saigon, Influence of Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Your support and participation will help us continue to host events on an engaging platform, educate our youth on their history, and assist us in passing on and sharing the beauty of our culture and tradition. By doing so, we can collectively create impact and allow us to contribute to the diversity of our communities.