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  1. I was so happy to have read your BLOGs. I was born in Thailand 1968, and like you also have dual citizenship. It’s funny that your father was in the Marine Corps. I served also as a photo journalist for four years.

    I have a love for writing, and a sense of want and discovery of my Thai heritage. I still speak Thai, and have a large family here in the U.S.

    I returned to the “Motherland”, in 2006, and visited most of my relatives during my two-week stay. I do not have the same freedom as you, with the responsibilities of being a father, job, mortgage, etc.

    The experienced moved me so much I wrote 75 pages on everything I saw, heard, smelled, felt, and ate.

    I look forward to making friendship with you, sharing stories, and perspectives.

    Sonny Ithipathachai

  2. Hi Siamerican Sonny,

    Nice to know you! You ought to go to Thailand USA community forum and add some sunshine and water to the Thai American tree–it’s a project I’ve been trying to get going, to little avail.

    ‘same freedom as me’? of being a father, job, mortage? Do you infer that I am free of such burdens–for certainly I struggle with all such responsibilities.

    Looking forward to reading/hearing more. I’ll be in touch directly soon.

    The Siamerican Wanderer

  3. Hey!

    Glad to stumble upon your blog- it seems we were born in the same year, and have converging geographies and parallel histories (sort of).. I was born in Bangkok, but grew up in the States from the age of 4 on up, and have just come back to live after twenty years…

    I loved your description about filling the ‘mystery-history’ puzzle because that’s exactly how I feel.

    I wonder how many of us are out here in Bangkok- you would probably know more than I, since I’ve only been back in Thailand for half a year and am leaving again… but I’m pretty convinced it’s only the beginning of a much longer chapter to be lived back in the ‘homeland’. I feel like I’m only just starting to fill out a larger sense of ‘self’ and ‘wholeness’ after being here (a bit cliche and late I know- but personal discovery has to start somewhere..)

    Best of luck to all your multiple endeavours!

  4. My wife is coming to the US for the first time in Oct. I am trying to identify Thia American she can IM or talk with in Thai Language to find out about going thru customs at the airport. I will try to bring her into Spokane or Seattle. Thanks Ron 208-403-5122

  5. We’ll, it’s been a while since I checked this website, and I just got back from Thailand. Nov. 20-Dec.7, 2008. And like you, I got my passport as well.

    Sorry, I didn’t realize that you were settled. I thought you were a college student, finding his ways and heritage.

    Thailand during the winter season is wonderful. I did stay in Bangkok for a little while, but prefer the country side. I drove from Bangkok to Satun, then took a ferry to Koh Lipe, absolutely the most beautiful place I’d ever been.

    I’m working on my daily diary of my stay there, my thoughts and feelings.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Years Bro,


  6. I loved reading your posts. In particular your stories about your struggle to claim your thai nationality birthright. It has inspired me to do the same (if you’ve got any advice, I’d love to hear it). I too was born in bkk to a thai mother, and US military father. I came to the US when I was a baby. A few years ago I had a chance to meet my many relatives, and like you, am longing to make this my permanent home one day. Chok dee!

  7. Hey Sam,

    Apparently you should have a much easier time with your mom backing you up via Thai consulate and/or embassy, which will basically represent you to the Thai Min. of For. Affairs in Bangkok (where your passport will ultimately come from)
    Trying to do it directly in Thailand without Thai parent to directly back one up was a long hard fought headache inclusive of mitochondria DNA test with aunt, interviews meetings, black label johnny walker gifts–on top of the official vital document legalization process requiring signatures and stamps down from county, state secretary, national Secretary of state–at that time I needed Condaleeza Rice’s signature to finally affirm my birth certificate/mother’s death certificate were real–before finally the Thai embassy in DC would stamp it for direct use at the Thai MFA in Bangkok, only after I translated all the tiers of legalization so it could officially be used. One document became a packet and was only supporting evidence in the end that needed to be processed with my DNA, fingerprints, and testimony, sweat and determination.

    Well, like I said, should be easier with your mom backing you up via Thai cons./embassy over there,.. One thing you may or may not run into is some misinformed bureaucrats telling you some non existing law that you had to choose nationality by age 18. Completely not true, but even I was told back when I was 17 by someone in Thai embassy when I initially inquired with them when I was still stateside, only to find out different years later in actual research,Let me know. Chol Dee!

  8. Guys,

    It’s amazed me to hear of someone who try so hard to claim a Thai nationality, since all of my relatives were tried so hard to claim their American nationality. They chose to leave.. and I am the only one who chose to stay.

    I’m a 100% Thai who spend part of my life in the states. I love being there, but not as much as being here, in Thailand. An American way could not change me a thing, except making me a better Thai.

    Nice knowing you all na ka~

  9. this debate again… well, if it really needs to be rubbed in, siamericans have 100% Thai rights and 100% American rights, so in that sense…

    “luk kreung is how they label,
    inferring that I’m only half
    but what I bring to this table
    Twice times the insight and wrath”

    -Jao Moragoat

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