Tan le was 4 years old when she left south Vietnam. The reasons for the family to flee the country was because communists killed their grandfather and Tan le's mum was in an arranged marriage which she hated. They also had better opportunities in Australia.
What are the bottles in the boat for?
The bottles are filled with poison incase pirates find us
After five days and five nights the family arrive in Australia, they spend three months in a refugee camp and then settle in Footscray Melbourne. Tan Le is picked on and suffers racism.
Go home Asian! You don't belong here
Tan Le's mum working double shifts to earn money
I need this money for the family!
Tan Le and her family were poor they would sleep in the same bed and tell each other stories every night
When Tan Le and her sister started school their clothes were always second hand and oversized to last longer. Tan Le also had maths and english tudors due to her different language.
Tan Le finishes a law degree.
I’m not confident enough to presume my career as a lawyer
You have to, remember you are now the same age as I was when we boarded the boat.