Tan Le by Lily

Tan Le by Lily
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  • At the time of the Vietnam war it was very dangerous and buildings, schools, and homes were destroyed. You couldn't get a good education while the war was going on.
  • Slit-eye!
  • Go home Asian
  • a four year old girl named Tan Le with her younger sister, mother, and grandmother set out across the China Sea on a boat disguised as a fishing vessel. All the adults new the risks. This was the most important decision of their lives.
  • The journey took five days and nights. There were fears of pirates, rape an death. if pirates or bad people were to come, Tan Le's mother carried a small bottle of poison so if they were captured they would drink it.
  • after a treacherous journey, Tan Le and her family arrived in footsgrey, Melbourne. She went to school and got a good education, but was bullied and was called names like 'slit eye' and some said 'Asian go home'.
  •   Her family shared one single bed at home and were poor. Her mother opened a computer store, then studied to be a beautician. The women came to her shop with stories of men who couldn't make the transition, angry and inflexible. Troubled children caught between two worlds. 
  • Sponsors and centres were established. But Tan Le was stuck between two worlds; The classic Asian girl. And the other, tragically scared with terror, violence and drug abuse.
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