Than Nguyen escaped Vietnam as a 15 year old refugee in 1983. His journey and that of others is recorded here.
My first memories, there was a lot of people, very busy and the first time I saw so many European people and it was such a nice feeling because, we saw a couple of the commissioners and some of them were European. But we didn't see that many of them and for us, Europeans are such a precious, so precious. Because they're so colourful you know, blue eyes and you know, brown eyes and everything. And we just, we just, I just had this idea that we Vietnamese were so ordinary, we're just simply black and yellow and no colour.