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.
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.