In this moving and inspiring tale of his escape from Vietnam, Anh Do describes the courage, sacrifice, and determination that helped bring him to Australia. From the family who wouldn’t give up their dream of a better life for their children to the heart-wrenching story of why he was forced to leave his homeland and how he has rediscovered it in Australia, The Happiest Refugee is an unforgettable memoir.
The Happiest Refugee tells the story of Anh Do’s family and their struggle to reach Australia. Beginning from their time as refugees in Vietnam, he describes their journey as they fled to Indonesia and then an overcrowded boat that nearly sank before finally making it to Australia. This is a tale of heroism under extreme circumstances, but the humourous moments that light up even the darkest times of war make this book so attractive.
The Happiest Refugee is a survivor’s story of one of the most extraordinary migrations ever undertaken, from war-torn Vietnam to a new life in Australia. Nearly naked and haunted by the ghosts of his past, Anh Do nearly didn’t make it to Australia. But nothing – not murderous pirates nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease, or dehydration as they drifted for days – could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about.
This powerful memoir tells the story of Anh Do’s early years in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. Beginning with the uncertainty and fear he felt as a 10-year-old on an overcrowded refugee boat, leaving behind his loved ones and everything he knew – through his years as a Vietnamese refugee struggling to fit in and make a life in Australia – Anh shares his family’s extraordinary journey to freedom.
About The Happiest Refugee Book
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, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days – could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about. Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of back-breaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords, and make-do everything.
But there was a loving extended family, and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram. Things got more complicated when their father left home when Anh was only nine – they felt his loss very deeply, and their mother struggled to support the family on her own. His mother’s sacrifice inspired Anh, and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university.
Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour-a-week corporate job. Anh asked how many hours he worked. ‘Four,’ the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian! The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting, inspiring life story of one of our favorite personalities: tragedy, humor, heartache, and unswerving determination – a big life with big dreams. Anh’s story will move and amuse all who read it. – Happiest Refugee: My Journey From Tragedy To Comedy By Anh Do (Paperback).