My father was a boat person

Boat People

 Image via – History Learning Site

A small rundown fishing boat crammed with 77 people on board, drifting in the South China Sea, escaping persecution, fleeing for their lives and searching for freedom.

One of those on board is my father, Chau Minh Than Le.

He was one of many Vietnamese refugees that built a new life in Australia.

Only in the past five years or so has he started opening up to me about his life in Vietnam, whether it was to shelter me or because he didn’t want to relive the past he had left far behind him.

To be honest it was probably the latter.

Even though he has been in the country for 36 years, his voice still holds remnants of his life before Australia. His accent is a mix of old and new, using Australian colloquialisms with a Vietnamese twang.

Born in 1960, his mother, my Ba noi (grandmother) Mrs Thi Khanh Than said that his birth brought about great excitement for her, her husband and my dads great grandmother, as even though he was the eighth child born, he was only the second male in the family.

“Everyone loved him for he was such a cute, chubby baby. He looked exactly like the baby in the Nestle milk advert which was popular at the time,” my Ba noi said.

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 My father as a child

“As he grew up he was a very studious student and a well behaved boy. He was healthy and sporty and everyone loved him.”

My dads older brother Than Chau Le, shared similar sentiments.

“He was a chubby and well behaved baby and child. In his teenager years, he was a well-mannered and hard working student and also a passionate sports fan”, explained my uncle.

“There was a generation gap because I’m 7 years older than him. But we had a good relationship between brothers! We both were passionate sports fans and played in the local volleyball (team)”.

While childhood brought happy memories, the spread of communism across the country threatened that happiness, and their lives.

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Q&A with YOKE

YOKE

 

YOKE are an alt-pop band from Sydney who have a video out for their track ‘Burden‘ which is from their upcoming EP ‘Jabiluka‘. You can check out the video below along with the answers from the painfully handsome lead singer Kyle Linahan who had a little help from guitarist Julian Boswell.

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HOWGOODISGOOD? VERY GOOD.

Baro Album Cover

Baro is 17(!?), describes his music as lounge rap and is a million times cooler than I’ll ever be. I’ve been listening to his mixtape ‘HOWGOODISGOOD‘ all day and it’s making the task of job hunting a lot less stressful. You can download his mixtape over at Bandcamp – here and you can name your own price, so even better. It reminds me a lot like Canadian jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, which if you haven’t checked out already, what the fuck is wrong with you?

 

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Creepin on ah Come Up

Bone Thugs N Harmony Tour

Bone Thugs N Harmony will be touring Australia, well two of them. I do have a very soft spot for 90’s hip hop and rnb, except I really hate that song they did called Tha Crossroads. Holy fuck that song is repetative and boring, Thuggish Ruggish Bone on the other hand though, amazing.

 

 

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Tough Love

Jessie Ware

When I was going through my play SBTRKT all the time phase, I was introduced to Jessie Ware. My voice sounds very similar to Jessie’s when I’m in the shower. I also sound a lot like Stevie Nicks as well…Enough about me, the official video for the track Tough Love has just come out. Also if you click the read more bit I’ve added a few tracks that Jessie Ware is in, that I love. Also Sampha has the most perfect voice ever.

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Nancy Magoo’s Weekend Mixup #19: The Workout Mix

Kanyes Workout Plan

 
Why are people that love exercise so annoying and constantly peppy? Chill out with your natural high, have you even tried illicit drugs? I’m down to a couple of cigarettes a day, haven’t touched drugs in forever and can’t binge drink like I used to. I’m super boring now. Instead I do Muay Thai four times a week and complain a lot on Twitter how I’m sore. When I can be motivated enough to train at home on the bag, I put on this mix.

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Get Dizzy Baby

Nussy

 

Melbournian Nussy has released her debut single which is out today called Dizzy, which you should check out. It’s a super poppy delight but in the best way. To coincide with the releases of her single and self titled EP (out on July 18th) she has some launch shows:

Thurs 31 July | The Workers Club, Melbourne | http://theworkersclub.com.au

Friday 1 Aug | Pirie And Co Social Club | http://pirieandco.com.au

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Needs more Blake Griffin

Kyrie Irving

or Kyrie Irving, SWOON. While it’s not as good as the first one  which I posted about – here, it’s still pretty good. To be honest, I didn’t really pay attention this past season. My poor baby Celtics are rebuilding after nearly all my favourites left (some a few years ago that I’m still bitter about :P). Maybe next season…

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