Pencil Drawing by Thomas Le. It depicts the time spent by Mai Ho and her family in a Malaysian refugee camp. 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.

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Pencil drawing in colour. The first frame depicts a crowd of refugees waiting to see if their family members are among the new arrivals to the camp. The mass of people crowded into such a small space gives the viewer an idea of the number of people who fled Vietnam during and after the War. The second frame shows what daily life was like in the camp, with people having limited space and provisions. The final frame shows Mai and her brother and sister voting on where they would like to resettle, it also depicts the poor living conditions in the camp.

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