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Mimi Oudomvilay

Mimi Oudomvilay was born in Laos and her family migrated to Australia following the Communist takeover of her country in 1975. She has done many years of cultural and welfare work within the Laos community.

Mimi Oudomvilay: But the interesting thing at that time was all my relatives were in a French-speaking school. So they all grew up learning French and I felt sometimes, the odd one out because I was the only cousin really, learning English.

Diane Giese: And did you speak French as well?

Mimi Oudomvilay: No no, not at that stage no. We did French well, yes, hello, goodbye and that sort of thing. But because Laos was a French colony, most people were educated in the French system...

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