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A review of The Happiest Refugee by Katie08

A review of The Happiest Refugee


By Katie08 (created: 27/04/2018)

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This very funny, feel-good book - brilliantly written by Australia's Renaissance Man, the extremely likeable and talented, Anh Do - should be on EVERYONE'S list of Must Reads. It tells the factual, sometimes harrowing (often amusing) account of Anh Do's life escaping with his mother and family to Australia as a child "boat person" (asylum seeker) from Vietnam in 1980. One can only stand back and admire this courageous, high achieving family (Anh Do's brother, Khoa Do, is a film director, screenwriter, professional speaker and philanthropist who received the Young Australian of the Year Award in 2005). The achievements, accomplishments and popularity of this incredible family should be a strong message to those xenophobic Australians who buy into the current derision of so-called "boat people" (at the hands of parochial racists like Peter Dutton et al) to wake up and acknowledge the outstanding contribution so many asylum seekers (boat people or not) and migrants have actually made to our society over so many years. Anh Do's tenacity, strength of character and humour played a huge part in his life as he morphed into a highly successful comedian, TV personality, brilliant author of adult and children's books alike, talented artist and one of the most beloved members of our Australian society. The book is an inspirational and highly amusing account of a life being well lived!

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The Happiest Refugee

The Happiest Refugee

Anh Do

Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, di...

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