The Happiest Refugee By Anh Do

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It is said that the things you do are a reflection of who you are as a person. Or our actions reflect on us and who we are as a community, a state and a country. Jane Hammond, a journalist from The West Australian wrote her article “Hey, WA, can you spare a dollar” to reveal to the West Australian public the men and women who devote their time to help the unfortunate australians that have nothing and have no one to turn to. Likewise a memoir “The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do is a reflection of all the kind hearted Australians who helped Anh and his family make the transition into their new lives. Both these texts are a reflection of who we are as a community due to our actions in helping those in need. In Jane Hammond’s article “Hey, WA, can…show more content…
In a extract of Anh’s book Anh mentions ‘two smiley nuns came up to us and gave our family a bag stuffed with clothes” The metaphor used to describe the nuns is uses to emphasise that Anh and his family felt welcomed by the nuns when arriving to Australia hence then words “two smiley nuns”. Anh also mentions in his book Mrs Buk, one of the families first neighbours. “She was instrumental in helping us find our feet, she helped Dad fill out work documents, helped Anh’s parents register Anh for school and she even helped Mum fill in her hospital documents for when she was pregnant again”. Mrs Buk provided support for Anh’s family when they moved out of the Migrant Hostel. Mrs Buk became the families support system swell as close family friend, they relied on one another for assistance. Mrs Buk’s actions are a reflection of who we are as a nation. Most australians are a supportive and accepting group of people who care for one another, we rely on one another for support and guidance, we support each other through thick and thin and that is what Mrs Buk did for Anh and his family. Our actions are a reflection of who we are and this is clearly evident in Jane Hammond’s article and Anh Do’s memoir. Australia is a multi-cultural country that accepts people and provides them with the assistance that they need. We don’t judge people just because they live on the streets we strive to help them because that is what it means to be a
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