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Artwork - Success & Home, Thomas Le, Pencil Drawing, circa 1998 Image Reg. No: SH 990594

Pencil Drawing by Thomas Le. It depicts the successes of Mai and her daughter Tan. 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 Mai reading a newspaper with an article naming her as Mayor on the front page. The second frame depicts Mai congratulating her daughter Tan after being named Young Australian of the Year. The use of the Southern Cross as the background in the second frame shows the viewer that Mai and her family now consider Australia home.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Thomas Le, 1999
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 325 mm (Height), 448 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: Footscray, Victoria, Australia, 1997-1998

Mai became Mayor of Maribyrnong in 1997 and Tan was named Young Australian of the Year in 1998

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