Great, funny and heartwarming read that is quintessentially Australian in every way. His family escaped Vietnam for greener pastures. The island is volcanically and geologically active with many lava fields and glaciers. We limit the numbers of refugees already just by being geographically difficult , wanting a safe place to live. I really liked his positive, grateful attitude towards becoming Australian, and as much as I admire that, I still felt quite short changed in that that's all he was prepared to share with us.
But the Do family were not bothered one bit as they were just so grateful for what they had been given. Anh's parents would work themselves to the bone in order to provide for there children and despite scrimping by themselves would always be grateful to the country for giving them a second chance. Two types of adversity that they faced were poverty and racism. It's a real autobiography, warts, jokes and all, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's writen in a style that is pretty basic but very easy to pick up and enjoy while he making fun of his life from a little one to who he is today. I absolutely adored this book! I read the Anh Do always comes across as a chirpy, friendly, funny decent bloke with a very big, very soft heart.
Australia had previously had a policy allowing a large amount of immigrants to enter the country in the 1960s. The stories of what life was like in Vietnam prior to the families departure is something I've never heard about before. What a great country You can do anything Look after those less fortunate I can distinctly remember my mind saying to me, pull away. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi! It resonated with me that the whole point about art is not to get the diploma, but to learn the craft. Anh lives with his mum, dad, brother Khoa and sister Tram in a suburb in Sydney. The whole pig at the engagement party - revolting.
A Vietnamese girl ten months older than him, he finds out she likes him when she gives him a gift of carved soap. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. Firstly, the bit about his vegan ex-gf and how he lost lots of weight and wasn't 'solid' enough for his rugby games. For example once they first came to Australia, the had no clothes. They consisted of racism, war, escape, being an outsider, love, courage, alcoholism, comedy, tragedy and hope.
He describes the pride he feels when helping others, and how, above all, family and unity must come first. It gives the memoir its warmth and intimacy, and makes readers feel a personal connection with Do. Twice attacked by pirates and on the verge of starvation and dehydration, he and his family were rescued from the middle of the ocean, and via Malaysia, were granted refugee status in Australia. It was my first time ever having to take a home pregnancy test. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dream Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. So he often borrowed his best mates school text books and has his mother fix his long jumpers with spare material that happened to be a similar colour to the jumper.
I really enjoyed reading about his life and the hardships and triumphs he has experienced. But there was a loud voice in my head saying, I can do anything. One of the main things that particularly stands out about his attitude towards life is how unconditionally grateful he is to have experienced everything, even the bad. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. He said himself that he didn't come across racism much in his life but when he did he said that the way he got through it was by being himself and just ignoring what they were saying. As refugees in Australia, life was an extreme and constant struggle.
And it's not corny in any way. It is regarded as one of the most influential and well-received novels in the world of literature for its great insight on the life of refugees. Furthermore, he discusses how this led him to bigger and better things, namely Dancing With The Stars and Dancing With The Deal, a celebrity version of Deal Or No Deal. Sorry, Anh, you can't claim that label and still eat meat. With hard work he would make a name for himself and would be able to give his mum who scrimped and saved for her kids a few lucturys she never had before while reconnecting with his father.
Suzie is more outraged than he is, having never experienced overt racism before. I've never seen Anh live on stage, but I would love to now because some of his stories in this are really funny. The war initially began when communist forces tried to expand and include Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in the communist force. I love the relationship Anh has with his brother and sister, and especially with his mother. Regularly we adapt and change as we engage and intermingle between different communities in which we belong to or hope to be accepted by. It's writen in a style that is pretty basic but very easy to pick up and enjoy while he making fun of his life from a little one to who he is today. .
He is now famous as a comedian and is happily married with 3 children. When Anh was a small child, his family gambled everything in their desire to escape the crippling poverty in Vietnam on a barely seaworthy boat crowded with 40 others. They were all just so happy that they had been given a second chance in a new country to begin a new start in their lives. The final way he overcame this was by not speaking until everyone was quiet and listening. In the end Anh had won the veterans over and even talked and had a drink with them afterwards. However, this is also the start of a.
Still an entertaining read if you want to know all about the things he likes in life. Throughout reading I kept thinking to myself how positive Anh and his family are after all their continued bad luck. There is humour, of course, but it's not a funny book. There is no doubt in my mind that Australia benefitted from this influx massively. Most of the people he encounters are friendly, though there are some dark spots. He seemed to place the same importance on his mother's dog going missing for a day as he did on attending a private school in a home made uniform.