Challenges in Laotian Refugees Search for Freedom
The small, landlocked country of Laos has followed a challenging path towards freedom. The conflict of the Vietnam War led to massive exodus of Laotian refugees. The paper will explore Amartya Sen’s concept of freedoms and Martha Nussbaum’s central human capabilities as applied to Laotian refugees in Canada. A discussion of Laotians’ understanding of freedom, challenges of resettlement, and effective processes in adjustment to western culture will be presented. This dialogue is critical in developing policies and programs to address conflicts faced by refugees as they strive to increase their quality of life.
Amartya Sen, Canada, freedoms, human capabilities, Laotian refugees, Martha Nussbaum, quality of life, resettlement, Vietnam War, western culture
Stobbe, Stephanie Phetsamay
"Challenges in Laotian Refugees Search for Freedom,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 14:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol14/iss1/3