[Episode 3 | 1988 : Lily]
Lily and her cousin are working in the family restaurant, creating rice-paper rolls. The rolls are tricky and delicate to make and need an experienced hand. Phoung is congratulated for her skilful making of the rolls and Lily is embarrassed by her efforts.
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The 1980s saw a buoyant economy that allowed families to afford the latest trends and technological advancements, such as microwave ovens, colour televsions and VHS players. Fashion reflected the notion that women could work as equals to men, and their clothes reflected a more businesslike approach, with bold fabrics, large jewellery and shoulder pads.
Vietnamese food is diverse, colourful, creative and very inspirational. The cultural diversity of the regions of Vietnam is reflected in the food. Most Vietnamese dishes are created with five main tastes: spicy, salty, sweet, sour and bitter.
Most of the Vietnamese immigrants arriving in Australia from the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s were refugees, predominantly arriving from refugee camps in South-East Asia. From the early 1980s, direct emigration from Vietnam under family migration categories began to take on greater importance. Lily is first-generation Australian as her parents were born in Vietnam. Her parents now own a restaurant serving Vietnamese food.
Students could write a journal entry as a new immigrant, with their first impressions of Australia. Ask students to use their local town or suburb for inspiration.