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Artwork - Life in the Camp, Thomas Le, Pencil Drawing, circa 1998 Image Reg. No: SH 990591

Pencil Drawing by Thomas Le. It depicts the time spent by Mai Ho and her family in a Malaysian refugee camp. 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 depicts a crowd of refugees waiting to see if their family members are among the new arrivals to the camp. The mass of people crowded into such a small space gives the viewer an idea of the number of people who fled Vietnam during and after the War. The second frame shows what daily life was like in the camp, with people having limited space and provisions. The final frame shows Mai and her brother and sister voting on where they would like to resettle, it also depicts the poor living conditions in the camp.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Thomas Le, 1999
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 327 mm (Height), 450 mm (Width)

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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: Pulau Bidong, Terengganu, Malaysia, 1981

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