'The riveting story of fleeing war-torn Vietnam for the safety of Australia, winner of the Audience Award in the Australian Shorts section at the Human Rights Arts Film Festival. Marleena Forward is a Melbourne-based filmmaker, photographer and writer. She is currently completing a master's degree in documentary filmmaking and she also runs a blog called The Melbourne Local. Her film Then I Came by Boat was made in collaboration with the Victorian College of the Arts.' The Guardian 11th
Monday, October 27, 2014
|At Parliament House Theatre|
Finally, thanks to Heather Kirkpatrick and Andrew Wilkie, we had the opportunity to take the boat to Parliament and present the boat as a gift - for now to the offices of MPs to use as a symbol of hospitality (coffee table) and hopefully be exhibit as a gift to Parliament.
|Sarah Hanson-Young, Daniel, Linda, Tri, Andrew Wilkie|
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells at her office and enjoyed our brief conversation. On my way there with Andrew Wilkie and his Chief of Staff Dr Peter Tucker, we met MP Anthony Albanese in the corridor and had a good laugh talking about the boat making its way around the corridor of Parliament House.
|Tri - presenting the boat|
It was a wonderful occasion to share a bit of my story and to say thank you to Australia once again and to present the boat as a gift, for now, to Andrew Wilkie, who is committed to looking into the process of presenting it to Parliament.
Posted by Tri Nguyen at 6:15 PM
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I had the wonderful privilege of meeting the former Prime Minister of Australia Mr Malcolm Fraser. I was able to say thank you and to share with Mr Fraser what a wonderful gift that he and his government gave to me and my family and generations of Vietnamese refugees. I was inspired in hearing from Mr Fraser some of the work he did in responding to the news that thousands of Vietnamese refugees were drowned at sea, due to the Malaysian government pushing refugees back out at sea. I hope I can be as active and engaging as Mr Fraser when I get to 80 something.
Posted by Tri Nguyen at 12:30 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Thank you for the gift of refuge that you have given me and my family.
Thank you for giving this gift of refuge to generations of migrants who have sought asylum in this land.
While I was a stranger, you welcomed me.
While I was a boat person seeking asylum, you responded with compassionate hospitality.
While I was vulnerable and without hope, you cared for me and welcomed me into a safe community where healing could begin.
Thank you to all the elders, past and present, the traditional custodians of this land
For your gracious welcome of all people seeking refuge in this land.
In your vulnerability you call me your brother. In your suffering you call me your sister. You affirmed to me that together we are God's family.
Thank you Malcolm Fraser, it was your Government, which sought a bipartisan approach, working in collaboration with other countries, that responded to a generation of Vietnamese refugees. We are forever grateful.
Thank you Australian Parliament for continuing to seek ways to respond to the great need of people in the world fleeing war, persecution, oppression, marginalisation … seeking asylum.
For many, Australia is their last hope.
Thank you to my wonderful friends: Linda, Majid and Daniel for walking with me from Melbourne to Canberra, sharing in the laughter, tears, the pain and the joy in our common humanity receiving welcome and hospitality. You are an inspiration!
I too have a dream!
That in thirty two years time, your children will walk from towns and cities to Canberra to thank the Australian people and the Australian parliament for giving their parents the gift of refuge.
I too have a dream,
that Australia will continue to be a nation that welcomes the strangers, that cares for the vulnerable and gives a fair go to all who are seeking refuge.
That's the Australia to be proud of.
Thank you Australia!
Images: Stephen Dau
Images: Stephen Dau
Posted by Tri Nguyen at 3:12 PM
We walked (dance) our way to Reconciliation place near the old Parliament House with many walking with us (including Cate's grandmother who is 100yrs, flew down from Sydney, to walk into Canberra with us). Few Vietnamese met us on the road to thank Tri for representing them in thanking the Australian People. We then dance with the music as we are welcome by the crowd, cheering our arrival.
Posted by Tri Nguyen at 7:30 AM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
15/4/14 Wee Jasper Celia
The tent an angle so I kept sliding down all night. I woke up and I was out of bed. How convenient. Then I pretended the sleeping bag was an alien and it ate me up, digested me and I came out the other side. We ate pancakes for breakfast and got ready for hourse riding. But when we got there we couldn't do it because of the stupid booking and school holiday program. If you may know or not mum and I have shared a big dream. To ride a horse.
We went back to our campsite and bought drinks and ice cream. And Noah found 6 bucks lying around the telephone box. Then Noah and I mucked around in the water and found a shallow way from land to the Island Noah got stranded on. Wish we knew it earlier. We found all sorts of interesting stones. We ate lunch and kept playing in the river. Then Daniel and Noah started to muck around. Soon they were in a battle. Daniel kept dragging Noah in the river and then Majid joined in and he ran away and got ganged up on. He was dipped in the cold water by the boys and Noah got mummy power. and this kept going on for a while and then while he was getting dipped in the water and Noah is screaming "no no!" And mum is saying "you are bullies" with a smile on her face and Linda and I just laughing dad jumps out from nowhere runs into the river and knocks the boys down. Once Noah got dried up he kept saying "daddy is my hero!" Then mum decided to go to visit another campsite where we cold see waterfalls and only mum, Noah, Linda and I went. When we got back to our campsite I set up the fire and ate dinner. Then I made dessert. chocolate banana. And I went to bed and I was writing this whole thing just before I went to bed on 15/4/14. Thank you and goodnight.