Thailand in Australia

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22 April, 2014

In association with the 12th International Conference on Thai Studies (ICTS12), which was held at the University of Sydney 22-24 April 2014, Sydney Ideas was pleased to present a public forum on Thailand in Australia. The purpose of the forum is twofold. First, and largely for the Thai-based audience attending ICTS12, it is a chance to explore the growing presence of Thai people and society, culture, economy and cuisine beyond the country’s national borders. The Thai diaspora is at once highly visible yet quite dispersed and under-studied. Second, and largely for the Sydney-based audience, the forum is a chance to present a relatively little-recognised but rapidly growing part of Sydney and Australia’s multicultural mix. It is also a chance to dig into a few stereotypes and to reveal surprising aspects of Thailand’s demographic, economic and cultural presence in Australia.

Opening remarks by The Hon Marie Ficarra, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier of New South Wales and Consul General Mr Teerathep Promvongsanon , Royal Thai Consulate General in Sydney.


  • A demographic profile of Thailand in Australia Professor Philip Hirsch, the University of Sydney
  • The migration experience behind the figures “Thai-ney”, a short film by Pasut Lasuka, Australian National University and Charn Panurat, University of Sydney
  • Dealing with social challenges Nilwan Jiraratwatana, Thai Welfare Association
  • Thailand’s economic presence in Australia Tamerlaine Beasley, Beasley Intercultural
  • The boom in Thai cuisine in Australia: a restaurateur’s challenges and experience Sujet Saenkham, Spice I Am