I didn’t really see my parents or even get to talk to them very much as a young child. They had gone to Australia for a better life – my father left just after I was born, and when I was 2, my mum left me with my grandma. As a result, I grew up with a Chinese mentality in my early years.

My parents always said they came to Australia for me. In China, the education system is very competitive, as there’s just so many people who want to get into the really good universities. And your network and relationships are much more important than they are here, especially in finding work.

Then, when I was 6 years old, they came to get me. I remember crying because, although my father had visited a few… More