In Vietnam, Mum was making four nuggets of gold a day as a butcher and Dad was making seven nuggets as a tailor. We had three servants; one to cook, one to clean and one to look after my brother and I. But when they know that you have a three-story, flashy house and you’re
My tummy was never once full in our whole life until two years after we came to Australia. Our family was from the poorest place in Vietnam that you could find, and when I was growing up, most of our food consisted of stuff collected from the side of the road, if you could find
(Part 4 of 4) Pam and Harry – PAM Most of the people who work for us are teenagers. I give them all a chance. People say they have to have experience, but I say if you don’t give them experience, how can they get it? I always encourage them, and if they pass their
(Part 3 of 4) Pam and Harry – HARRY I was nearly 10 when the Vietnam war started. We saw dead people every day and we had to move around every day to stay safe. 8 years later, after the war finished, my family were no longer able to stay because of our Chinese background,
(Part 2 of 4 – Pam and Harry) PAM On the first day I came here, it was just like heaven. We got welcomed, and went to the Wacol Hotel, where we lived for one and a half years. Our family went from having no food every day to having food every day. Heaven. If
(Part 1 of 4) Pam and Harry – PAM My story is very dramatic. I came from a well educated, very wealthy family in Vietnam, but because my grandparents were working for the government, they were kidnapped by the Communists, together with my father and three other men in our family, who were all doctors.
In early 1975, there was still very little bombing in Saigon. Although my father was a well known politician, I was protected from the realities of the war, as my parents always kept us wrapped in cotton wool – I was 18 years old, and preparing to go to France to go to university. Then