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Artwork - On the Ocean, Thomas Le, Pencil Drawing, circa 1998 Image Reg. No: SH 990589

Pencil Drawing by Thomas Le. It depicts the five nights spent at sea by Mai and her fellow refugees. It is one of a series of illustrations commissioned by the Immigration Museum used to tell the story of Mai Ho a Vietnamese 'boat person' who arrived in Australia in the 1970s. Copies of the illustrations were displayed but Thomas decided to donate the originals to the collection. Thomas is also a Vietnamese migrant who arrived in Australian in 1978 after leaving Vietnam.
Pencil drawing in colour. The first frame shows the sea in the middle of a storm, with the small refugee boat almost being engulfed by the waves. The second frame depicts the refugee boat being chased by pirates, the men are standing ready to defend their families. The final frame shows the refugees crammed into the hold of the boat. The use of black and white in this frame helps convey the fear and despair faced by many refugees because of the difficulty of the journey.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Thomas Le, 1999
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: immigration, illustrations, refugees
Themes this item is part of: Mai Ho, Vietnamese Migrant, 1981, Thomas Le, Vietnamese Migrant & Artist, 1980, Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection, Immigration Museum
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: drawings
Format: Drawing: Colour
Artist: Mr Thomas Le, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1998
Place Used: Museum Victoria - Immigration Museum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1999

Copies of these illustrations were used to tell the story of Mai Ho at the Immigration Museum.
Place & Date Depicted: 1981

These illustrations depict the five nights spent at sea by Mai on her journey from Vietnam to Malaysia

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