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Artwork - Building a New Life, Thomas Le, Pencil Drawing, circa 1998 Image Reg. No: SH 990593

Pencil Drawing by Thomas Le. The artwork depicts Mai creating her new life in Australia, working at the GHM Holden Factory, at night school, talking with customers in-front of one of her businesses and assisting newly arrived Vietnamese migrants. 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 Mai in her job as the first female quality control inspector at the GHM Holden Fisherman's Bend Factory. The second frame depicts Mai studying at night school, she received qualifications in human resource management, computer operations and beauty therapy. The third frame shows Mai outside one of her businesses speaking with some customers. The final frame depicts Mai sitting with two recently arrived Vietnamese refugees at the Vietnamese Community Support Service she helped establish. These four frames illustrate the determination which Mai put into creating her life in Australia and the success and happiness she found in her new life.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Thomas Le, 1999
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 327 mm (Height), 446 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: Victoria, Australia, 1982-1992

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