Luk kreung means half-child in English and is a Thai term for people of mixed race. The number of half Thai and (mostly) half white people increased a lot since the 1970s and 1980s, when the country became a popular destination for western tourists. Furthermore, during Vietnam War, many U.S. military bases were placed in Thailand.
Luk kreung's with their mix of soft Asian yet hard Caucasian features plus a white skin and taller figures (compared to average Thai people) are an admired beauty ideal in the Sout-East Asian country. Many actors and actresses in Thai television are Luk kreung's and often take benefit from their naturally exotic look. Most of them are fluent in Thai and - due to often attending private international schools - English, which is highly appreciated. Nevertheless, some Luk kreung's in the following list are only famous in Thailand, some are only famous in US and some are well-known worldwide.
The Most Famous Luk Kreung (Thai Mixed Race People) from all Over the World
Tiger WoodsMix: African-American (from his fathers side), Thai (Chinese and Dutch from his mothers side). Born on: December 30, 1975 in Cypress, California, United States. Profession: professional golf player.
Other facts: Luk Kreung Tiger Woods is one of the most successful professional golf players of all time and with a net worth of around 700 million USD one of the best paid sportsmen worldwide. Even though media likes to call him African-American, Tiger Woods doesn't care about it and likes to respond that he is "just, who I am". While his mother Kultida is of Thai, Chinese and Dutch descent and his father Earl Woods African-American, Woods invented the term "Cablinasian" as a child to describe his very exotic mix.
In 2009, Woods private life was more in spotlight than his successes as a golf player. Some intimate confessions followed after an accident, in which Woods demolished his car in early morning. First, it was suspected that he had a fight with his wife Elin Nordegren. Then details of an affair with Rachel Uchitel became public, after whom followed a bunch of other women, who confessed to have had sex with Tiger Woods during his marriage with Nordegren. In the end, Woods confessed around 120 affairs. Since their divorce in 2010, Woods and Nordegren share joint custody for their two kids.
Chrissy TeigenMix: Norwegian (from her father's side), Thai (from her mothers side). Born on: November 30, 1985 (age 30) in Delta, Utah, United States. Profession: model.
Other facts: Chrissy Teigen's parents are Vilailuck Teigen from Thailand and Ron Teigen Sr., an American of Norwegian descent. She became famous as bikini model and also appeared in the 2010 famous swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated magazine. Chrissy Teigen's husband is Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winning singer and songwriter John Legend. Their wedding took place in 2013 in Italy. Since 2016 are the two parents of a baby girl called Luna. Teigen made public, that she became pregnant through in-vitro fertilization, which also made her able to choose the gender of the baby.
Tera PatrickMix: English (Irish and Dutch from her father's side), Thai (from her mother's side). Born on: July 25, 1976 in Great Falls, Montana, United States. Profession: former pornographic actress, model, business woman.
Other facts: Tera Patrick's mother is from Thailand, while her father was an American of British descent. She is one of the most successful porn actresses worldwide. The former nurse left the industry in 2008, but still markets her own movies through her own production company called Teravision. Since February 2012, Luk Kreung Tera Patrick is mother of a baby girl called Sophia Evelia Acosta. Father of the child is her boyfriend Tony Acosta, whom she started dating after her divorce from metal-singer Evan Seinfeld in 2009.
Mario MaurerMix: German (from his fathers side), Thai (ethnic Chinese from his mother's side). Born on: December 4, 1988 (age 27) in Bangkok, Thailand. Profession: model, actor.
Other facts: Mario Maurer's mother Warunya is Thai of Chinese descent and his father is Roland from Germany, who (until his dead in 2011) was running a cosmetic company in Thailand. Mario started as a model at age 16, but became famous at age 18 when he played the role of a homosexual boy in the Thai movie The Love of Siam. Since then, he is a huge superstar in Thailand. Luk Kreung Mario Maurer is fluent in Thai and English, but cannot speak German.Mario Maurer movies: Take me Home (2016), Love on That Day (2012), Rak haeng Siam (2009), The Love of Siam (2007). Mario Maurer height: 5'11".
Davika HoorneMix: Belgian (from her father's side), Thai (from her mother's side). Born on: May 16, 1992 in Bangkok, Thailand. Profession: actress, model. Other facts: Davika Hoorne began her career as a model, but had her major breakthrough as an actress in the Thai television series Ngao Kammathep. Luk Kreung Davika Hoorne already modelled for big brands like Magnum and L'Oreal. Her image in Thailand: the nice and pretty girl next door. Davika Hoorne height: 5'8".
Tammy DuckworthMix: American (from her fathers side), Thai (ethnic Chinese from her mother's side). Born on: March 12, 1968 in Bangkok, Thailand. Profession: American politician, former helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army.
Other facts: Ladda Tammy Duckworth's American father Franklin was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, who worked and lived in different countries in South East Asia. He married Tammy's mother Lamai Sompornpairin, an ethnic Chinese in Thailand, where Tammy also attended the Bangkok International School during her childhood. Since 2013, Luk Kreung Tammy Duckworth is a representative of the federal state Illinois for the US House of Representatives.
Tammy Duckworth is a former helicopter pilot for the US Army, who suffered serious injuries during an operation in Iraq, when her helicopter had been shot. She lost both legs and injured her right arm. One of her biggest supporters to start a politic career was Barack Obama, whom she met during her treatment in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Tammy Duckworth's husband is Bryan Bowlsbey, with whom she is married since 1993. The two have a daugther.
Eric KostonMix: Swedish (from his father's side), Thai (from his mother's side). Born on: April 29, 1975 in Bangkok, Thailand. Profession: professional skateboarder, owner of a fashion company.
Other facts: Eric Koston's father is American of Swedish descent and his mother is from Thailand. He is one of the most famous street skateboarder personalities in the world. Luk Kreung Eric is especially well-known for his switch-trick: the ability to execute a skateboarding trick in reverse foot position. He is also one of the characters in the Tony Hawk Skateboarding computer and video games series. Since 2008, Eric is running a skateboarding website called The Berrics. Futhermore, Eric Koston (together with Guy Mariano) is founder of the fashion company Fourstar Clothing.
Roxy JezelMix: Thai (from her father's side), British (from her mother's side). Born on: 5 June 1982 in London, England, UK. Profession: former pornographic actress.
Other facts: Luk Kreung Roxy Jezel grew up in England, UK in - according to her - "kind of ghetto". In 2011, she ranked 32 in a Complex magazine list of the hottest Asian pornstars.
Tata YoungMix: American (from her father's side), Thai (from her mother's side). Born on: December 14, 1980 in Bangkok, Thailand. Profession: singer, actress, entrepeneur.
Other facts: Amita Tata Marie Young won a singing contest at the age of eleven and signed her first record deal at age 14. After her major breakthrough in 1995 in Thailand, she even started a career across the borders, like for example in India with singing the title song of the Bollywood movie Dhoom (called Dhoom Dhoom). Even though she released her last album in 2008, Tata Young is still an influental person in Thailand and is seen as one of the biggest Thai popstars ever.
Urassaya SperbundMix: Norwegian (from her father's side), Thai (from her mother's side). Born on: March 18, 1993 in Pattaya, Thailand. Profession: actress, model.
Other facts: Luk Kreung Urassaya Sperbund is fluent in Thai, English and Norwegian. Her father Sigurd is living in Norway, while her mother Pla Urai is taking an eye on her daugther's career in Thailand. Urassaya described the relationship with her father as very close and like a best friends-relationship. "He isn't strict", so Urassaya in a tv interview from 2015.Urassaya Sperbund tv shows: Peun See Long Hon (2008), Likit Ruk (2017).
Charyl ChappuisMix: Swiss (from his father's side), Thai (from his mother's side). Born on: January 12, 1992 in Kloten, Switzerland. Profession: professional footballer for the Thai national team.
Other facts: Charyl started his soccer career in Switzerland, but couldn't make it up to the first team. He moved to Thailand in 2013 for joining Buriram United, which was possible due to his half Thai origin. Since 2014, he is playing for the Thai National team. His instagram account has already more than 1 million followers. Charyl is fluent in German, English and French. Since 2009, he is with his girlfriend Melanie Manuel, who was (back in 2014) reportedly planning to quit her job in Switzerland to move to him to Thailand.
PalmyMix: Belgian (from her father's side), Thai (from her father's side). Born on: 7 August 1981 in Bangkok, Thailand. Profession: singer.
Other facts: Eve Pancharoens was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, but moved to Australia with her family at the age of 12. Her debut album got released in 2001 and ever since she is a very famous popstar in Thailand.
Kimberly Ann VoltemasMix: German (from her father's side), Thai (from her mother's side). Born on: January 22, 1992 in Berlin, Germany. Profession: actress, model. Other facts: Kimberly Ann Voltemas father is German and has a PhD in Law, while her mother is Thai. She became famous with her role as the warmhearted doctor Nam in the Thai television series 4 Hua Jai Hae Koon Kao (4 Hearts of the Mountains).
Johnny DamonMix: American (Croatia and Ireland from his father's side), Thai (from his mother's side). Born on: November 5, 1973 in Fort Riley, Kansas, United States. Profession: professional baseball player.
Other facts: Johnny Damon's mother Yome was an immigrant from Thailand, while his father Jimmy, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, is of Croatian and Irish descent. Johnny is a professional in the Major Baseball League and played for the New York Yankees between 2006 and 2009. He was last active in 2012 with the Cleveland Indians team. Johnny has 8 kids, two with his first wife and 6 with his second wife Michelle Mangan. His net wort lies around 60 million USD.
Ann ThongprasomMix: Sweden (from her father's side), Thai (from her mother's side). Born on: November 1, 1976 in Bangkok, Thailand. Profession: actress, hostess, producer.
Other facts: Luk Kreung Ann Thongprasom started acting in the early 90s, right after she got discovered as a 13 year old in a music video. She has already won several awards and is UNICEF Thailand youth ambassador since 2009.Ann Thongprasom tv shows: Raeng Ruk (2015), 365 Days of Love (2010), Rattikarn Yod Ruk (2000).
David UsherMix: Canadian (from his father's side), Thai (from his mother's side). Born on: April 24, 1966 in Oxford, United Kingdom. Profession: musician, author, activist.
Other facts: David Usher is the son of Samphan Usher from Thailand and Dan Usher from Montreal, Canada. He was born in Oxford, England, UK but grew up in different places like Malaysia, USA and Thailand. One of his most famous singles is called Black Black Heart feat. Kim Bingham from the album Morning Orbit. He is not only a musician, but also an activist for Amnesty International or War Child Canada and an author (for example Let the Elephants Run).
Paula TaylorMix: British (from her father's side), Thai (from her mother's side). Born on: January 20, 1983 in Bangkok, Thailand. Profession: actress, model, presenter.
Other facts: Luk Kreung Paula Taylor was born in Bangkok, Thailand, but grew up in Australia. After a family visit to Thailand, she started modelling and finally became a VJ for Channel V Thailand. She also starred in several Thai-movies including Love on Line (LOL) (2009). Her husband is also a mix: Edward Buttery is half Chinese and half British. They have a daugther and a son.
Paula Taylor contributed a video to the famous mixed-people Youtube-channel "Team Mixed Show", on which she describes her life growing up as a mixed child "having the best of both worlds".