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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.

Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia.

Happiest Refugee: My Journey From Tragedy To Comedy By Anh Do (Paperback). But I had NO idea how horrendous the journey was or how hard the family worked to look after anyone else that needed help while struggling themselves. A lot of the stories are told 5★ UPDATE 2017: I have just enjoyed a re-read of Anh’s wonderful memoir and liked it even better this time. I’ve quoted some passages at the bottom of my original notes from 2012. Original: I've been a fan of Anh Do's comedy and heard him refer to the fact that he was a Boat Person and his father captained the boat.

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Anh Do’s The Happiest Refugee belongs to the autobiographical literature that emerged in the 2000s documenting the migrant experience of Vietnamese boat people who had fled Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Anh Do’s migration story, focused on Australia, finds echoes in th. . Anh Do’s migration story, focused on Australia, finds echoes in the memoirs of boat people who ended up both in Australia and elsewhere in the world. In Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996 (2nd Ed. Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, diseas. 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.

Biggest break The hardest gig I ever did. There were 50 bikies in a pub waiting for a stripper - I was the warm-up guy. They were yelling ''Lady boy'' and ''Take off your gear''.

His journey to Australia took him from tragedy to comedy. As a young boy, Anh Do escaped war-torn Vietnam aboard an overcrowded fishing boat. He has since built an impressive career in entertainment. Now a fixture on the national stand-up scene and TV screens, two years ago he surprised the judges at Australia's most well-known art competition with an intense portrait of his once-estranged father. I got this phone call and this big voice said 'Anh, it's Russell Crowe,'" Do said.

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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 harder 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 was an inspiration to 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 and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.

Comments: (7)

Dordred
Great story - wonderful read! Find myself empathizing with his family's difficult journey and relocation to Australia. A powerful story of persistence and family love, and the willingness to struggle through any and all of life's challenges. Could not put this one down!
Anasius
It's a good story. Knowing that Anh came in as a boat refugee brings the reality of refugees closer to a reader. His love of his family, his love of his wife, his love and appreciation of his life ~ breathes animation into his story. It was recommended to me by a friend as we studied legal and ethical side to refugees/asylum seekers and it turned into a good read besides the reality of learning how to settle into a new country. We need more stories like this to encourage acceptance of people who come together to form a community. I enjoyed it and would recommend it without hesitation.
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I sincerely hope this is just the beginning of an illustrious literary career. The tone Anh Do has taken throughout this book is chatty, confiding and casual. But his timing, narrative construction, creation of the 'sense of time and place', and the way he allowed the characters of his beloved family to unfold so subtly and beautifully demonstrates an extremely sophisticated gift.
Anh tells the oft-repeated family legends in a manner that borders on blasé - which naturally highlights the drama or comedy of whichever is being situation related. Again, no accident, but real skill.
Finally, it's funny. And I should note that I don't find his comedy rib-tickling at all. But his comic prose is gentle, loving, and sometimes just hilarious.
Buy this book.
Kinashand
This is an entertaining book with funny bits, highs and lows. It gives a very good insight to the issues which surround non English speaking arrivals to this country and the issues facing refugees from Vietnam. Anh writes this book in a simple and likeable style and his story flows quite well. It is also great to see how Anh and his family quickly embraced the Australian way of life and yet were able to maintain their Vietnamese culture and heritage at the same time. Keep up the good work Anh.
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As the old saying goes, you can't judge a book by it book cover. I have read many books about Vietnamese immigrants and this ones has to be one the ones I enjoyed the most, being Vietnamese or not. His life was quite amazing and Anh wrote it in a manner that isn't depressing but more uplifting. There are a few complex emotional struggles and it give you a different view of life. He uses humor at the right time so that book stays engaging. It has a lot of life lessons that Anh wanted to share with us and I have personally incorporated a few of them into my life. Funny thing is that I purchased 2 books like going on vacation to New York, "The Happiest Refugee" and "Hunger Games: Part 1". I read Anh's book on my way from California to NY and couldn't put the book down, even when I arrived in NY I stayed up the first night and finished the book. On my way back to California, I found myself taking breaks while reading Hunger Games and didn't finish it until a few days later (it was a good book too though). So that gives you some idea of how engrossing this book was.
Nto
This book is awesome. Why? It is told by Ahn Do in the first person and it is filled with moving and extremely funny stories. It is typical Ahn Do in that it is down to earth and unpretentious. My kids have been reading it to their Cypriot grandparents and they all have a good laugh and are also moved. The chapters and stories are all of a bite sized length and so it is certainly not a boring read, even for teenagers who may not like reading. I note that this book is on some school reading lists and I think that this is fantastic as one can learn much about why many people choose to come to Australia and why we should be welcoming. After all we are a nation of immigrants excepting of course the aboriginal peoples who have been here for tens of thousands of years.
Humin
This is an enjoyable read. Anh tells his story in vignettes and whilst the writing is hardly literature, it is a fascinating read. He relates his early years in Vietnam, the crossing, meeting girls and his wife, TV shows and some scary shows that turned out well. I found it odd that his children just appeared as toddlers- I assumed their births would have been a huge milestone in his life!

The Kindle version does not contain the photos. I had to pick up a hard copy to cheack out the family.
I loved reading his book, it really opened my eyes to realise how lucky I am to be born and bred in Australia. His story was truly inspiring and compelling bringing sad emotions as well as laughter and joy. As I read along, reading hilarious moments, I was able to picture Anh as a comedian, even things that happened to him as a young boy. I just roared with laughter with his story about basketball, oh boy I nearly wet my pants. I can see why he's a natural born comedian. I have always idolised Anh, that's why I purchased this book because I knew it was going to be a really good book to read.
The Happiest Refugee: My journey from tragedy to comedy download epub
Author: Anh Do
ISBN: 1459616057
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Language: English
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; [Large Print] edition (December 28, 2012)
Pages: 352 pages