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Short Story – Journey to Freedom, By Hai-Van Nguyen, aged 18.
In this short story, Nguyen tells her story about her journey from Vietnam to Australia and expresses the change his family faces throughout this long and hard journey. Nguyen also expresses of how she believes they transitioned from being ‘nobody’ to a ‘number’. She also expresses her feelings towards numbers and how the people behind the numbers and statistics are forgotten and all that is remembered are the numbers. In the second paragraph Nguyen states her amazement that after everything her parents have survived through and feared for, they are still able to recall the chilling numbers that has set history in their lives, Nguyen says,
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Throughout their journey they are replaced as lives to numbers which has become their reality. They travelled across the seas fearing to be taken by pirates, the women dressed as men so they weren’t taken and sold into prostitution or slavery. Throughout this whole thing their family was treated badly with not enough water to drink and wash themselves with. As time passed eventually their number was called out. Nguyen’s mothers tells of the grief they encountered as their number were finally called, they were lucky and also very happy to finally come from being nobody to being a number, she recalls on the enlightenment of the feelings of acceptance they now had over them, although their happiness was somewhat repressed by the grief felt for those who were left behind or even forced to go back, as stated in paragraph thirteen, “...the joy of finally being accepted however , was overshadowed by the grief of those who were left behind, and even worse, of those who were forced to go back.” You can see clearly throughout this story that the journey this family was faced with wasn’t an easy one and also wasn’t a journey one could forget. This journey will be in their minds forever, like an ongoing feature film playing in their minds,