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Book Title: The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir|
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The author of the book: Anh Do
Edition: Bolinda/ ABC Audio
Date of issue: February 1st 2011
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Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing -- not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days -- could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about.
Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of back-breaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords and make-do everything. But there was a loving extended family, and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram. Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was thirteen -- they felt his loss very deeply and their mother struggled to support the family on her own. His mother's sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university.
Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour a week corporate job. Anh asked how many hours he worked. 'Four,' the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian! The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination -- a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.
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Read information about the authorAnh Do is an accomplished writer, actor, producer and stand-up comedian.
After bagging all the comedy awards around town, including the Sydney Comedian of the Year, and appearing on all the TV shows that feature comedians, including "Thank God You're Here" and "Rove Live", Anh finally realized that those regular gigs at Rooty Hill bikers club would one day get him killed, so he has supplemented the income with acting, film producing and writing.
2006 saw the release of 'Footy Legends' in which Anh was the star along-side Claudia Karvan and Matthew Johns. In 2003 Anh co-produced the film 'The Finished People' (Post 75 Productions). It was described by Margaret Pomeranz as 'one of the best Australian films of the year'.
Even though he is a terrible dancer, Anh got to the grand final of 'Dancing with the Stars', being a huge favourite with the voting home audience. This success saw him offered his own TV show 'Made in China with Anh Do' - an Olympics special which rated through the roof. Anh has more of his own TV projects in the pipeline.
Anh is also a regular on 'The Matty Johns Show' and has been seen on 'The Footy Show', 'Spicks and Specks' as well as Seachange', 'Good News Week' and 'All Saints'.
Anh is still one of the most sought after stand-up comedians in Australia. His completely clean material and friendly stage manner makes him one of Australia's most popular corporate comedians, having entertained clients ranging from The Commonwealth Bank to Hallmark Cards to IBM. He is used again and again as an MC and comic by many companies who enjoy the warmth and joy he brings to an evening.
And right at the end of the biography (cause it's something he doesn't like to admit), in 1999 Anh completed a Bachelor of Business and was 6 months away from completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney. The threat of having to go back to finish his law degree ensures that Anh works hard at his acting and comedy career. So far he is doing superbly.
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