The Happiest Refugee

The Happiest Refugee 10

My Journey from Tragedy to Comedy

by Anh Do

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/09/2010

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The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians.

Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in a country where freedom existed.

Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of back-breaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords and make-do everything. But there was a loving extended family, and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram. Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was thirteen - they felt his loss very deeply and their mother struggled to support the family on her own. His mother's sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university.

Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour a week corporate job. Anh asked how many hours he worked. 'Four,' the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian!

The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.

ISBN:
9781742372389
Category:
Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-09-2010
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
234x153x17mm
Weight:
0.34kg
Anh Do

Anh Do (born 2 June 1977) is a Vietnamese-born Australian author, actor and comedian.

He has appeared on many Australian TV shows such as Thank God You're Here and Good News Week, and was runner-up on Dancing With The Stars in 2007.

He studied a combined Business Law degree at the University of Technology, Sydney.

He is the brother of film director Khoa Do and has acted in several of Khoa's films, including Footy Legends, which he co-wrote and produced. In 2012, his TV show Anh Does Vietnam began airing.

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  • Funny and captivating

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    A great read which I did not want to put down and I am no bookworm. Told with his clear wit, this covered some difficult topics (like arriving in Australia by refugee boat). Cannot imagine anyone who would not like it - in fact should be compulsory reading for all our Federal politicians.

  • Wow!

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    Honestly I was impressed with how honest this book was, but how through it all Anh was able to keep his wit and sense of humour. I really could not imagine fleeing a country down a river and still being happy and warm. It really helps put our life in Australia in perspective - that someone who came from a impoverished background to grow to be someone so well loved and well-adjusted.

  • Loved it!...moving, funny & well-told...

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    I've always liked Anh Do's comedy and this book didn't disappoint. I've not read a book for years but decided to buy an e-reader & this was the first book I put on it. An amazing story that's very sad in some places & will have you laughing out loud in others. You'll really love it I'm sure.

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