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An has spoken about her refugee experience to groups of all ages. Her story of hope and resilience provides a connection for those in similar circumstances and is a powerful tale about the possibility of rebuilding from loss, overcoming challenges, and the deep-seated need in all of us to belong.

Some notable organizations and places where An has shared her story:

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Vietnam Veterans’ Day Memorial

The National Servicemen’s Association Sydney Northern Beaches Sub-Branch in association with the Northern Beaches Council, honors annually the service and sacrifice of all servicemen of the Vietnam War. An was the guest speaker and shared the story of the compassion of a Marine who saved her life on board a Merchant Marine ship during her family’s journey to freedom.

What a story you had to tell of the experience you and your family went through. We will never know what it was like to suffer the pain and terror of war.

Barry Andrews, President, National Servicemen’s Association The Sydney Northern Beaches Sub-Branch

Human Library Event

To recognize and raise awareness of refugees, the Northern Beaches Council of Sydney, Australia hosted a Refugee Human Library Day. People interested in An’s refugee story, could “check” her out by listening to her tale and asking questions.

Additional speaking engagements:

  • The Rotary Club – Manly, Australia
  • The Miss of Australia Organisation – Melbourne, Australia
  • International and local schools – Munich, Germany, Singapore and Killarney Heights, Australia