The Communist Youth Party candidate poem

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(Epigram-style poem)

<<Story related to the poem>>

Ho Chi Minh ‘planted’
The communist people,
To reap a return in hundred years.
He must see they are now supplanted
By the capitalist people,
To reap a return in zillion years!

*** The late ‘great’ Ho Chi Minh once ‘wisely’ said: 
“To reap a return in ten years, plant trees. To reap a return in hundred years, ‘plant’ people.”

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My very first and frosty Australian Christmas lunch

It was a frosty Christmas lunch and the very first for me - a Vietnamese refugee.

It was a frosty Christmas lunch and the very first for me – a Vietnamese refugee.

Coming from a refugee camp in Malaysia, I arrived in Australia at the end of April 1984. After staying a week at Enterprise Hostel, Springvale, Melbourne, Sister Petite Peach took me to a six-bedroom Burwood-parish house that accommodated thirteen Catholic Vietnamese refugees and me – a Buddhist. But wait there’s more!

My High School Physics Teacher

In postwar Vietnam, political divisions and conflicted loyalties made high school life very complicated, even dangerous. This is a story about a shared connection with my high school Physics teacher, and the day my world turned upside down.

In postwar Vietnam, political divisions and conflicted loyalties made high school life very complicated, even dangerous. This is a story about a shared connection with my high school Physics teacher, and the day my world turned upside down.

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My high school Physics teacher, Mr Nghia, left a lasting impression in my life. But wait there’s more!