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Nguyet Tran

Nguyet Tran, Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre

My life story

My name is Nguyet Tran. I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. My family was middle class. My father was a business man. I have three brothers. I started school in 1961 and finished high school in 1974. After I finished high school, I did accountancy at university but didn’t finish. In 1975 the communists came. We wanted freedom, so I left my country by boat in 1981. For the first time, I went to a refugee camp in Indonesia. I lived there until 1983. Then I came to Australia on the 15 March 1983.

In July 1983 I started my job as a quality checker for dresses. I changed many jobs like sewing, packing etc. I got married 1984. I have a daughter and a son. In 1989, I got a good job at Yakka. I used to cut clothes by computer. I worked there until 2006. I retired because I was sick. I had many troubles when I could not speak English well. If I went to a doctor or a hospital, I need my kid’s help, but they were busy with their jobs. I decided to come to school and learn English. So I came to GNLC. Now I understand the news on TV and I can watch the news every day. I have the confidence to go to a doctor and a hospital by myself. I can socialize and I have made new friends. I am very happy in Australia. I feel I have a good retired life.

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