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I Am Thai
Andy Canfield
Information Management Systems
andycanfield@yandex.com

"I Am Thai" - what does that mean? Well, one way to look at it is to take the word "Thai" as an adjective. In that sense, "I am Thai" means that I have been influenced by Thailand, that I am similar to the people who live in Thailand.

On the other hand, you could take "I Am Thai" to mean that I am a citizen of Thailand. That is not yet true. But I am working on it.

Advantages to Andy becoming a citizen of Thailand

  • My friends are Thai, my children are Thai, their mothers are Thai. I want to be Thai like them.
  • Currently I can own a house but not the land that the house is sitting on. People say that I can lease the land for 30 years. But if I am a Thai citizen then I can own the land, and I can pass that land on to my children and grandchildren for hundreds of years.
  • I will no longer need a work permit. This means that I am free to work where I want to for whomever wants me to work for them, without needing advanced government approval.
  • My Tabian Bahn booklet will be blue, not yellow.
  • I no longer have to go on visa runs.
  • I get a Bat Prachachon.
  • I will get a Thai passport.
  • I will no longer have to deal with the American Government for such things as getting new pages in my passport.

Uncle Sam will be PISSED

From my U.S Passport, page 7 (item 13) - "LOSS OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP Under certain circumstances, you may lose your U. S. citizenship by performing, voluntarily and with the intention to relinquish U. S. citizenship, any of the following acts: (1) being naturalized in a foreign state; (2) taking an oath or making a declaration to a foreign state; (3) serving in the armed forces of a foreign state; (4) accepting employment with a foreign government; or (5) formally renouncing U. S. citizenship before a U. S. councilor officer overseas."

Wikipedia

Check out 'Anti-Americanism' on Wikipedia The first paragraph is especially noteable: "Common contemporary negative stereotypes of Americans include the assertions that Americans are: aggressive, arrogant, ignorant, overweight, poorly dressed, obsessed with making money, too moralistic and also too materialistic, and generally obnoxious." If you have always lived in the USA, this sounds bigoted and prejudiced. If you have lived anywhere else in the world, it is dead-on accurate.

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