The difference among “Laos”, “Laotian”, and “Lao” by Alif Silpachai
Yes! I cringe whenever I hear a fellow Lao American tell me that they are “Laos” or they speak “Laos.” No bruh.
true, true. good clarification on distinguishing lao as a descriptor for ethnic lao or the lao language, and laotian as a descriptor for citizens of the country (since there are many ethnic groups that can be classified as citizens of laos).
a stickler or strong nationalist might not even refer to the country as laos since that is the franconized name of “muang lao”, what lao people would call the country we call “laos”.