My owned house in Australia

I went home disappointed but one man's kind action helped us own a four-bedroom house!

I went home disappointed but one man’s kind action helped us own a four-bedroom house!

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In 1990, my six-person family emigrated and resettled in Canberra. We had to donate our highly valued house (worth an estimated $900,000 AUD now) in Vietnam, in exchange for our passports.

It’s an important Asian tradition to own, says the proverb, “A house to live and a grave to die.” But wait there’s more!

A new dawn

I used to be a commander. Ten years in jail and two decades later it was panic on the first day in my job.

I used to be a commander. Ten years in jail and two decades later it was panic on the first day in my job.

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My family resettled in Canberra in November 1990 under the sponsorship of our daughter hiMe, who worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

I was 57 years old then. I needed a job to support my family. I was a graduate Electronics Communications Engineer at the US Army Signal School, so I applied with Telstra.

Telstra accepted my application but I didn’t hear from them for a long time. But wait there’s more!

Canberra and I

Canberra, I’ve been with you for nearly twenty-five years. I’ve seen you change the older you became. I remember the first time I met you, the time I fell in love with you.

Canberra, I’ve been with you for nearly twenty-five years. I’ve seen you change the older you became. I remember the first time I met you, the time I fell in love with you.

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Canberra, I’ve been with you for nearly twenty-five years. I’ve seen you change the older you became. I remember the first time I met you, the time I fell in love with you. But wait there’s more!