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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 We Are Here
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'Told through the bright and unflinching eyes of Cat Thao, a girl born in a refugee camp, We Are Here is a memoir that begins in 1975 with her family's gripping exodus by foot out of post-war Vietnam - a dangerous journey, unimaginable to most, on which most perished.

'The escape of Cat Thao's family from persecution traverses the horrific jungles of Khmer Rouge Cambodia and into the crowded refugee camps of Thailand. From which, finally, the Nguyens were allowed to board a Qantas plane to a freedom they wanted desperately. But the stark, contrasting suburban landscapes of Western Sydney, Australia were not the unalloyed blessing they'd imagined.

'Against the backdrop of an immigrant experience, Cat Thao tells of her coming of age in Australia, haunted by lingering trauma but buoyed by instincts of hope, reinvention and survival. In a voice both candid and striking, Cat Thao details her struggles with growing up: from her bad skin and hairy legs, to Vietnamese mysticism and kinship, and bound throughout by familial loyalty and honour.

'With wit and poignancy, We Are Here explores an Australia of the 80s and 90s, and a family's tireless journey for peace through a young woman's absolute determination to find her place.' (Publication summary)

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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2015 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 272p.
      Note/s:
      • Published February 2015
      ISBN: 9781743319277

Works about this Work

Immigrants' Tortured Steps to Freedom in Adopted Land Thuy On , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 14 March 2015; (p. 84)

— Review of We Are Here Cat Thao Nguyen , 2015 single work autobiography
Steps to Freedom Thuy On , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 March 2015; (p. 26)
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 February 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of We Are Here Cat Thao Nguyen , 2015 single work autobiography
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 February 2015; (p. 26)

— Review of We Are Here Cat Thao Nguyen , 2015 single work autobiography
Immigrants' Tortured Steps to Freedom in Adopted Land Thuy On , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 14 March 2015; (p. 84)

— Review of We Are Here Cat Thao Nguyen , 2015 single work autobiography
Steps to Freedom Thuy On , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 March 2015; (p. 26)
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    Vietnam,
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  • Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 1975-1999
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