Thai Americans

Thai Americans

About Thai Americans

A Thai American is an American of whose parents or grandparents came from Thailand. Many of them may in fact be of Thai Chinese. The first Thais known to have come to the United States were Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous Siamese twins. Of mixed Chinese and Thai ancestry, they were brought to the United States in 1830 to become a sideshow attraction. They adopted the family name 'Bunker' and later settled in White Plains, North Carolina. Both married and had children, spending alternate nights in each other's home. Their descendants are numerous. The first Thai to study in the United States was He Thien (original name 'Thien Hee'), a Thai Chinese who was brought by a returning American missionary. He Thien graduated from a New York medical college in 1871. He then returned to Siam,...'

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