Thai in Australia


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Introduction / History

The Central Thais are a people group from Thailand and are a part of the people from Thailand living in Australia. The first famous person from Thailand to come to Australia was Butra Mahintra who was sent by King Rama the sixth in the early 1920s to buy racehorses. Australian connections with royalty from Thailand further came about in 1927 when Prince Purachatra led a group of people to look at agriculture and infrastructure in Australia. A few more people came in the early 1950s when students from Thailand and other parts of Asia came as students in Australia. They were allowed to stay temporarily with exceptions, like those who married Australians. After that, most of the new people from Thailand were students also, as well as marriage partners of Australians and those doing military training through sponsorship. In the 1980s, the number of students from Thailand increased considerably. Thailand was becoming wealthier, and they viewed degrees from foreign universities as carrying more prestige. Most Thai Australians live in Sydney. Others live in Melbourne in the state of Victoria.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the newcomers from Thailand in 1996-97 immigrated under the Preferential Family category. This included marriage partners and children of people living in Australia. Many of them work in professional, clerical, sales and other jobs. Besides Thai, they speak Australian English. Thai Town is a neighborhood in Sydney which has restaurants and grocery stores. They celebrate Thai festivals in Thai Town.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Whether in Thailand or Australia, the saying is still true that "to be Thai is to be Buddhist." They have wats, Buddhist temples. These are for cultural as well as spiritual events. Buddhism is central to the Thai identity.


What Are Their Needs?

Few of these immigrants have placed their trust in Christ, the one who called himself the Bread of Life. Little has been done to reach them for Christ. There is only one small ethnic Thai church working to reaching the Thai Buddhists in Australia.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of the Thai people in Australia as a testimony of his power and love. Pray that the Thai people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a movement to Christ this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Thai in Australia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-30
People Name General Thai
People Name in Country Thai
Pronunciation tye
Population this Country 60,000
Population all Countries 24,196,000
Total Countries 29
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai; Central Tai; Khon Tai; Lao Song; Siamese; Siamese Thai; Tai Noi; Thai Khom; Thai Klang; Thai Song
People ID 11277
ROP3 Code 101940
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Thai (60,000 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Thai (60,000 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai

Primary Language:  Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1834-1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1843-1977)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1883-2020)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Come to Me Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
95.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
0.80 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
4.20 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
1.0 %
Independent
31.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
Protestant
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
32.0 %
Photo Source Deepak Meena - Pixabay 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more