In 2013, the Samakkee Summit began as a conference in Washington, D.C., to gather Thai and Thai American community members and leaders from across the United States to address various social issues impacting the Thai and Thai American community at large and to highlight opportunity areas in community development and engagement, and immigration reform.
Since then, the Summits have been passed down to different local Thai and Thai American organizational hosts in different U.S. cities to highlight issues relevant to and resources specific to the Thai and Thai American communities in that particular locality. The Summits have received continuous support from the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as the various regional Royal Thai Consulate-Generals, such as those in Chicago and Los Angeles. Thai American organizations across the United States from Washington, D.C., to Seattle, to Chicago, to Los Angeles have stepped up to host the Samakkee Summits leading up to this year’s summit in San Diego and to the prospective formation of a national non-profit organization in 2018.
The Samakkee Summits provide a forum to promote the unity and interests of Thai and Thai Americans, to raise and address issues common to the Thai and Thai American community, and to bring Thai and Thai American organizations together and share best practices.
C. Organizational Participants (Past and Present)