National Geographic : 1974 Jan
Helping find new paths, Lyteck Lynhiavu (above) epitomizes the Hmong of the future. Here he in spects beef cattle on his ranch near Vientiane. One of a growing number of educated young Hmong, Lyteck puts survival first. "We know what fighting means-that the Hmong are the ones to die." Trained in France, he is an official in the Min istry of the Interior and has assisted in government negotiations with the Pathet Lao. Lyteck advocates the integration of all ethnic groups, the Hmong included, into one nation. "We must be proud of being Hmong, but we must learn to be proud of being Laotians," he says.