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WARATAH: From the Ashes of the Vietnam War, Grew a Spirit that would not be Stopped

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Ha-Le Thai knew that escaping Vietnam for freedom in a cramped, leaking boat would not be easy. She imagined that building a new life in Australia, from little more than a hope and a dream, would stretch her courage and strength to its limits. But the warrior and refugee never guessed that her biggest challenge of all would be motherhood.
A product of two cultures, Ha Le’s
Kindle Edition, 383 pages
Published December 16th 2018
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May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ha-Le Thai’s memoir; Waratah: From the Ashes, of the Vietnam War Grew a Spirit that would not be Stopped, alternately takes the reader through her abusive childhood to adulthood. The world she grew up in held many dark events she wishes to forget, but are woven within her life and beliefs. Severing those ties and embracing a different culture and language allows her to come to term with her suffering. Life wasn’t easy but Ha-Le finds new trials with rearing a daughter and facing an illness that ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Be Waratah. Be an unconquerable spirit…There is a warrior within all of us.’

Vietnamese born Australian author Ha-Le Thai is a founder and supervisor of Birrong Preschool in Sydney where she has utilized her skills and passion for early childhood education as well as a parenting and life coach. She is a survivor, having faced the threats of a dysfunctional family and child abuse during the Vietnam War, fleeing Vietnam with the boat people to Australia, three cancers, and family distress. Despite
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
WARATAH: From the Ashes of the Vietnam War, Grew a Spirit that would not be Stopped by Ha-Le Thai is an immersive memoir that details one woman's life experience during and after the Vietnam war. Overcoming enormous odds, and enduring horrific pain and heartbreak, the author goes on to not only survive but to thrive. She ultimately escapes the threat of Communism, and escapes on a boat to Australia. That alone is a harrowing journey, but once she gets to Australia, she is determined to make a li ...more
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A well-written memoir that provides powerful insight into the life of Ha Le as she escapes Vietnam, relocates to Australia and comes to terms with her past. Haunted by the traditions of Vietnam and the decisions her daughter makes, Ha Le faces many difficult life situations that challenge her faith and love.

An emotional memoir that allows the reader to connect with the trials that Ha Le suffers involving two different cultures, expectations and finally overcoming her past to rise above and disc
Christine Lough
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Waratah: From the Ashes of the Vietnam War Grew a Spirit That Could Not be Stopped by Ha Le Thai is about a woman by the name of Ha Le who escaped from the Vietnam war to build a life for herself in Australia. She goes through many challenges on her journey to freedom, but her biggest challenge is not the escape from the physical shackles of war, but the mental shackles she must overcome as she embraces her new future.

When her daughter Hong-An meets her Australian lover and is determined to mar
Jimmy Jefferson
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Taking the first steps to a new life for Ha-Le

This is the memoirs of Ha-Le Thai, a woman who escaped from the torturous life in Vietnam and again from Hong Kong before settling in Australia. This story captures the life of Ha-Le as she shares the intimate details of cultural barriers, overcoming adversity, and dealing with her daughter dating an Australian man. This story will pull at the heart and emotions of anyone who picks up the book. I found this story to be intriguing and kept me interest
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story of courage and self-discovery!
This is the story of courage, love, loss, perseverance, heartbreak and self-discovery based on the current topic of refugees and the impact of war, communism and race. Ha-Le, who escapes from Vietnam due to communal war and danger, in a crowded boat from Australia hoping to start a new life with little she had, had never imagined what the future has for her. Our past does haunt us and so it did for Ha-Le. This is an emotional story with lots of challenges
Claire Ohlsson Geheb
This book told two stories that were intertwined. The first was about life in Vietnam during the war followed by the escape from Vietnam after the war. The other story was about the relationships that the author had with her daughter and husband. Although the Vietnam story was tragic and well told, the family story was very repetitive and stretched out. I found the cultural differences interesting but the anguish of the author was repeated many many times and the resolution was very brief and la ...more
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