Refugees By Anh Do: Poem Analysis

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This stanza is implying that all refugees have no English background and therefore cannot "distinguish ESL from RSL". They are completely degrading refugee’s ability to learn a new language and judging their educational abilities based on their past experiences and culture. The poem also mentions in stanza 5 that refugee children have no respect for "institutions". Just because these children may have come from a predominantly violent culture, it does not mean that they have no respect or manners. As a culture, Australia needs to encourage refugees as much as possible. Australians need to help refugees learn our culture and language, without degrading and eroding their culture and language. Just because Australians are blessed to be able to have a decent education from a young age, it doesn't mean that refugees are denied any opportunity for a successful…show more content…
Experts say that going to school creates a sense of belonging and hope and provides stability and normalcy for refugee children with a past full of fear, stress and trauma. (Ricci, 2015). It offers routine and protects children's physical and mental health as well as providing skills and knowledge that brings awareness to their importance in the world. Research shows that refugee children with little or no education are more likely to join rebel forces and government militia involving them in dangerous religious practices.

Anh Do is a Vietnamese born author, actor, comedian and artist who has become an Australian star in recent years. Like many migrants, he has been through many difficult experiences on his journey to a new life in Australia. In his bibliography "The Happiest Refugee", he describes his schooling and educational experiences and his transition from Vietnam, to a new life in Australia.
On page 96 of the bibliography, Anh Do talks about his parent’s beliefs and commitments to giving him and his younger brother Khoa a
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