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Thriving in Thailand

Thriving in Thailand

In celebration of Black History Month on February of 2019, AsiAfrica Foundation and @Ebony Expats held a community town hall discussion focusing on how to have a positive and fruitful experience while living in Thailand. *The event was kindly sponsored and co-hosted by Check Inn 99.

Through facilitation, the open dialogue shared and informed more about the Thai culture, laws and social norms and had a better understanding of the perceptions versus the realities of being an expat in Thailand.


The panel discussion, moderated by Bessie D. Smith, opened up the dialogue about Thriving in Thailand from the following perspectives:

  • Culture and Cultural Diversity

  • Law and Compliance

    • Visa

    • Legal privileges

  • Doing business in Thailand

  • Social Life

  • Inter-personal relationship

  • Creating and cultivating the community

  • How to work and do business with Thai people

  • Joining communities & giving back to society


  • Dr. Roland Amoussou President & Co-Founder of AsiAfrica Foundation & Senior Partner at Vovan Bangkok

  • Tori Rogers, Founder of Ebony Expats

  • Mr. Choophong Maisuk (Tony), Senior Associate at Vovan Bangkok

  • Yan Marchal, Founder of Sanuk Games (Thai Company)

  • Dana Day, Dean of Student Services at a local international school in Bangkok

  • Camille Zembik, Degree in Southeast Asian Culture & Fluent Thai Speaker

  • Franki Soul Creator of We Got Soul Productions & International Teacher


The event was well received and had a great impact. It was an opportunity to be a part of shaping the dialogue regarding the experience of living, working, or doing business in Thailand successfully.

Based on popular demand, more of similar events will be organized to share information, knowledge, insights, and provide guidance to living and thriving in Thailand especially for people belonging to the African diaspora.

For further collaboration, contributions or questions, please feel free to contact us through our blog.

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