By Joseph J. Zasloff, Leonard Unger
This paintings comprises papers provided at a convention known as "Current advancements in Laos" in Washington DC in 1988. the themes coated diversity from Lao nationalism and American coverage, 1954-1959, to Laotian refugees in Thailand.
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These few are often not available, since there are so many demands on their services. They are frequently occupied with visiting foreign delegations, travelling to international meetings, or assigned to political training. There seems to be unanimity among observers - within the Lao bureaucracy as well as the socialist bloc and Western diplomatic community- that morale in the Lao bureaucracy is very low. One major cause is the low pay. A middle to upper level bureaucrat earns from 7,000 to 10,000 kip monthly ($20 to $30), an insufficient sum to sustain a family.
He contended that an adequate legal basis had been established for the LPDR by the Congress of People's Representatives, which had met on 1 - 2 December 1975. This congress of 264 representatives, selected to represent each province and the Vientiane municipality, as well as Buddhist bonzes, youth, intellectuals, and the Patriotic Nationalist Front, had met secretly in Vientiane and dissolved the 600-year-old monarchy as well as the incumbent government. The congress issued nine resolutions of a 'constitutional nature', according to Souvannalat, creating the fundamental institutions of the President, the government, and the Supreme People's Assembly.
Of the 300 students who had returned to Laos, a study by the Hungarian mission in Vientiane produced an estimate that three (sic), at most, were competent to translate a Hungarian newspaper into Lao, or to serve as interpreters for visiting Hungarian delegations. After one year back in Laos many lose entirely whatever Hungarian they may have learned. When student returnees visit the Hungarian Embassy, he noted, 'they try to speak to us in English or French'. An added, and perhaps equally serious, problem for Lao students is their poor educational formation.
Laos: Beyond the Revolution by Joseph J. Zasloff, Leonard Unger