once upon a time in cabramatta

November 2013

Accidental Addicts

3.0 21 x
Lisa Maher: Shares a moment when she saw two young girls turn away from their mother as they had become drug addicts. Professor Lisa Maher is Program Head of the Faculty of Medicine and Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre in HIV Epidemiol...

Blainey: A dark moment in multiculturalism

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Hien Le: Blames Professor Blainey for seeding unnecessary fear due to comments against Asian migration. Community leader Hien Le says the comments distracted Australians from the humanitarian needs of the Vietnamese. Hien arrived in Australia as a ...

Drugs killed my friend

3.0 23 x
Vincent Doan: Shares a moment of frustration and sadness when a hopeful young boy's life was taken away due to drugs. Vincent Doan left Vietnam by boat in 1978 at 16 years of age. In 1985 he started working as an outreach officer in Bankstown and i...

Everyday was a battle against myself

3.0 33 x
Lam Nguyen: Recalls the moment when he realized he had become a heroin addict. For years, the drug took over Lam's life, eventually leading him to jail. Lam Nguyen's family migrated to Australia in 1995. In 1996 he became involved in heavy heroin u...

Family pride vs. Welfare work

3.0 30 x
Vincent Doan: Family unity and pride are of paramount importance to the Asian community. Vincent believes the need to uphold family pride becomes a major obstacle to welfare work as the community become reluctant to open up about their problems. V...

God gave me a sign

3.0 20 x
Tony Hoang: A heroin relapse in church awakened Tony to seek help. He said from that moment on he found redemption in God. Tony Hoang is the oldest son of the Hoang Family. Tony believes years of childhood domestic violence and an estranged relatio...

Hughes St Playground: A see-saw of emotions

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Thang Ngo: Was empowered to strive for a solution after receiving a letter from school-children about drug users at the Cabramatta Hughes St Playground. Thang Ngo was born in Vietnam in 1966 and arrived in Australia as a refugee in July 1977. Than...

I had dreams

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Lam Nguyen: Reformed drug dealer and addict Lam Nguyen remembers being a child and battling with the values of his parents and the culture of Australia. He says the conflicts subjected him to child-abuse and rebellion against his father. Lam Nguyen...

I wanted to fit in

3.0 15 x
Tony Hoang: Remembers when he was bullied in school because his parents would dress him in his uncle's clothes which were too big for him. Tony Hoang is the oldest son of the Hoang Family. Tony believes years of childhood domestic violence and an ...

Living a life of two-worlds

3.0 17 x
Joe Le: Drugs became the only solution for Joe Le as he struggled to fit into Australian society. Joe Le was born in a Malaysian refugee camp in 1983 and came to Australia with his mother. Joe left home at age fifteen because of family violence an...
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