Thai Chinese are Thai citizens of Chinese, primarily of Han Chinese, origin who live in Thailand. Thailand is home to the largest overseas Chinese community in the world and is also the oldest, most prominent, and well integrated overseas Chinese community in the world with a population of approximately nine million people, accounting for 14% of the Thai population as of 2012. Most Thai Chinese have been in Thailand for five generations or more; the Thai-Chinese have been deeply ingrained into all elements of Thai society for the past 400 years. The present Thai royal family, the Chakri Dynasty, was founded by King Rama I who himself was partly Chinese. His predecessor, King Taksin of Thonburi dynastry, was the son of a Chinese immigrant from Guangdong Province and a Thai mother. Nearly all of Thai Chinese identify themselves completely as Thai due to the highly successful integration of Chinese communities into Thai society. Descendants of most once ennobled Chinese are among the leading Thai families today. In addition, over half of ethnic Thais (the rest are southern Thai who are mostly of Hainan, Gujarati and Malay descent) are descendants of people who migrated from southern China approximately 1,000 years ago and are directly associated racially, culturally, and linguistically with China's modern day ethnic minority group, the Dai people.
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... In Thai, the Chinese sausage la chang is called kun chiang (Thai กุนเชียง) after its name in the Teochew dialect (kwan chiang in Teochew), the ... It is used in several Chinese dishes by the sizeable Thai Chinese community, and also in some Thai dishes such as yam kun chiang, a Thai salad made with this sausage ... There is also Chinese sausage made with Snake-headed Fish (Pla chon Thai ปลาช่อน) meat ...
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