The Happiest Refugee Summary

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Ahn had not left this oppressive environment, he would have grown up in extreme poverty and would be a very different person due to the trauma that poverty causes. Refugees are here to escape poverty and persecution; because they have experienced severe trauma, they are at a much higher risk of psychiatric illness than the general population. I believe that these statistics can be reduced if our negative attitude towards marginalized groups changes. Because of the media and government induced stereotypes, Australians often show disdain towards refugees. This inhibits their adjustment to Australian society and creates further division among us. 'The Happiest Refugee' is a valuable resource in the fight against racism because it shows that refugees share our values, embrace our culture and are eager to contribute to Australian society, and I strongly support it’s inclusion in the Rochedale State High School English program. One of the reasons why I found 'The Happiest Refugee' to be enjoyable and impactful is the use of various aesthetic devices; including vivid imagery and humour. Ahn does not simply tell his story; instead, he uses descriptive and emotive language to paint a picture in the reader's mind. This allows us to imagine that we were there and connect with the situation emotionally. An example of imagery in this autobiography is when Ahn shows us what it is like to be a 'boat person'. He describes his traumatic experience at sea by using language such as ''The sky

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