Today, Canada is well known across the globe for being immigrant friendly and for all those who don’t know, this is not something new.
Canada has always had an open-door policy for skilled people and has welcomed people from all over the world and given them a platform to grow and prosper.
Thai people started to migrate to Canada in the early 1950.
The first batch of immigrants from this Asian country was actually students who stayed back and made Canada their home. Over the years, Canada became a good place for Thai students and educated class to migrate to and settle down for a good life.
During the financial crisis of 1997 in Thailand, many Thai’s lost their job and only livelihood.
As a result, they were forced to look for greener pastures overseas and Canada was one of the most welcoming ones for work opportunities.
About Thailand And Thai People
Thailand is one of the largest countries in South East Asia and is well known for its culture and lip-smacking cuisine which is eater all over the world. This country shares its borders with a number of Asian countries and shares traditions and customs with them.
Thailand is also the most prosperous country in the mainland of South East Asia, which is made up if Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.
This country experienced a decent economic growth between 1985 and 1995 and has made a difference in the region with its strong commitment towards democracy and resultant strong ties with western countries like Canada.
People of Thailand are known as Thai and this word is used to denote anything coming from that country; culture, food, products, etc. Tai word is used to refer to the ethnicity of a majority of the people who live here. Tai people are also found in China, Vietnam, Laos and Burma.
Thailand is a democracy, but the Thai people are needed to pledge allegiance with the royal family.
More than 90 percent of the Thai people practice Buddhism and most Thai men become monks for some time in their lives. Thailand today has a constitutional monarchy and right now, the Kind Maha Vajiralongkorn is presiding on the throne.
Social Economic Data
Thai population in Canada is relatively small, this is to say that Thai people have not migrated to the country in huge numbers. This community has gradually increased in the country and a consensus in 2016 reported that there were just 19,005 Thai people in Canada at that time.
Today, a majority of Thai-Canadian citizens are highly educated and have come to Canada for work, business, education or marriage. There are strong ties between Canada and Thailand for education. Most Thai students come here to study in professional fields like medicine, banking, business and engineering. Some of Thai people have also found their place in the restaurant industry and opened up world famous Thai restaurants in Canada. One example of a success story is Chef Sasi Meechai-Lim. She is an acclaimed chef and has opened several restaurants in Toronto.
There are many more Thai people who have earned name and fame in the country and have given back to both Canada and Thailand in whatever way they could.
Here are some of the famous names who have succeeded in Canada and the reason behind their success like all Thai is hard work and a passion for what they do:
1. Jennifer Anne Lee
Jennifer Anne Lee is a renowned Canadian actress. She is Canadian by Birth and her roots in Thailand, Japan, China and Korea. She was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1972. She is well known for appearing in television shows like ER, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Millenium, The Dead Zone and Pasadena. She has also starred in the Scary Movie made in the year 200.
2. David Usher
Davish Usher is a Canadian musician who was born in Britain. His Thai roots come from this mother Samphan Usher and his father is a Canadian. This talented musician has lived in many places like Thailand, Malaysia, New York City and California before settling down in Kingston, Ontario to call it home. Usher has released many albums which grabbed the coveted multi platinum status. He is a find example of Thai-Canadian success story.
3. Marline Yan
Marlene Yan is a Canadian actress and singer who is well known for her appearance in Canadian TV series How to be Indie. She started acting at the age of 10 and since then, has been unstoppable both in theatre and TV. She is one the latest examples of the success of Thai origin people in Canada.