All of their money was allocated for education and clothes. Their clothes were always second hand and over sized so they would last for about 6 years.
Many people were being racist by calling her and her family slit eye and graffiti "Asian go home".
Tan Le, her sister, her mother an her grandmother all slept in the same bed and told each other about their day.Tan's mother sufferd from nightmares and her job was to stay awake until her nightmares came.
They knew settling in a new country would be difficult because they knew other people who had experienced it. All the women stuck together and worked hard.
The longer Tan Le lived in Australia the more positive life became. In 1998 she was awarded young Australian of the year and soon went from Tan Le Footscray resident to Tan Le refugee and social activist.
1998 young Australian of the year Tan Le
Tan Le couldn't talk to her friends about many things because she had very little Australian knowledge. She didn't even know the protocols.