We Are Here

Cat Thao Nguyen
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A poignant and compelling story of one family's horrific flight from persecution in Vietnam on foot across the killing fields of Cambodia and their life as new migrants in 1980s Australia.

Told through the bright and unflinching eyes of Cat Thao, a girl born in a refugee camp, We Are Here is a memoir that begins in 1975 with her family's gripping exodus by foot out of post-war Vietnam - a dangerous journey, unimaginable to most, on which most perished.

The escape of Cat Thao's family from persecution traverses the horrific jungles of Khmer Rouge Cambodia and into the crowded refugee camps of Thailand. From which, finally, the Nguyens were allowed to board a Qantas plane to a freedom they wanted desperately. But the stark, contrasting suburban landscapes of Western Sydney, Australia were not the unalloyed blessing they'd imagined.

Against the backdrop of an immigrant experience, Cat Thao tells of her coming of age in Australia, haunted by lingering trauma but buoyed by instincts of hope, reinvention and survival. In a voice both candid and striking, Cat Thao details her struggles with growing up: from her bad skin and hairy legs, to Vietnamese mysticism and kinship, and bound throughout by familial loyalty and honour.

With wit and poignancy, We Are Here explores an Australia of the 80s and 90s, and a family's tireless journey for peace through a young woman's absolute determination to find her place.

Author bio:

Cat Thao Nguyen is an Australian writer and lawyer. She was born in Thailand to Vietnamese parents and grew up in Western Sydney. Cat Thao is married to Tony, a Canadian Chinese man whom she met at a sushi bar in Vietnam. She has dabbled in filmmaking and theatre but unfortunately has never played the violin or piano. Cat Thao has keen interests in the creative arts, economics and the leadership role of women in emerging economies like Vietnam. She is particularly passionate about quality fish sauce and Australian shiraz.

Category: Other books
ISBN: 9781743319277
Awards: Short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Awards - Multicultural NSW Award 2016 AU
Short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Awards - Multicultural NSW Award 2016 AU
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: February 2015
Page Extent: 272
Format: Book
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Biography & True Stories

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