Happiest Refugee

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The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do tells us about his life. It begins with how his family almost lost their lives since leaving Vietnam. It expresses the distress and anxiety of their struggles from crossing the Indian Ocean to Australia.

There are a lot of worries about their safety because of the chances of being attacked by pirates or dying from dehydration. For example, in the boat traveling from Vietnam, pirates attacked them and took all their food, water and personal possessions.

However, when they were attacked it shows heroism and boldness for Anh to stand up for his younger brother Khoa against pirates armed with weapons. At the end it makes me think a lot about Anh and how his family made it to Australia without losing anyone close
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In a way it’s like being in a dark cloud full of sadness, and then a bit of sunshine that gives you a symbol of hopefulness and optimism.

The book made me realise that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. After Anh finished school and university with solid grades he went on to pursue a career in law, however he wasn’t happy with.

In reality he wanted to become a comedian but it took him a long time to do so. In the end it doesn’t matter what you want to do in life is long is your happy doing it. As Anh’s father Lee says (Follow You Heart and Be True To Yourself) “Anh Do or Lee”. This makes me strongly think about his quote in order to find success and happiness in life one must find a career you enjoy. But, not just that also work hard towards what you want to do. Yes it may take time to reach that goal but in the end it is worth it.

Overall some of the philosophies and key principles in the book make me think a lot about Anh and what he has achieved in life. From Fleeing from a war torn Communist state and almost losing his family in the process. Personally, I have learnt from Anh you can do anything you want in life if you put your mind to it and work hard to be something great and be more optimistic in
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