|1946–||In 1946 Sisana Sisane (1922–) fled to Thailand at the time of the French reconquest of Laos because he had participated in the seizure of power by the nationalist Lao Issara in 1945. In 1948 he became a member of the Lao Committee of Resistance in the East. In July 1959 he was imprisoned with other Pathet Lao representatives, but they escaped in May 1960. He then became director of Radio Pathet Lao (1961–75) and minister of information, propaganda, culture, and tourism in the Lao People's Democratic Republic government (1975–83). In 1983 he was demoted for expressing anti-Soviet sentiments and internally exiled. Rehabilitated in 1985, he was appointed director of the Institute of Social Sciences, responsible for producing an official history of Laos and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.|
|1946–49||In 1946 Maha Sila Viravong (1905–86) also went into exile in Thailand with the Lao Issara. He returned to Laos in 1949 and became the leading Lao historian. He wrote History of Laos (New York 1964).|
Stuart-Fox, M., & M. Kooyman, Historical Dictionary of Laos (Metuchen 1992) 52, 84, 134.