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Even though the Brekky Team are in Vietnam they still are catching up with their regular guests here in Perth, including Allan Tranter from Creating Communities. Allan challenges us to critique our own sense of gratitude and community building.

A large number of Vietnamese people living in Australia today fled from Vietnam, from the war that we were involved in. The interesting thing is that (my wife) Donnah’s doctor is a Vietnamese refugee. She was a boat person and her dad took a huge risk to bring her and her family to Australia to give them a chance. The reality is she and her kids are just as Aussie as you and I but every day her father wakes up worried that someone in authority is going to come and take everything away from them.

Could you imagine living in that fear today? So let’s get to know people in our neighborhood, there’s a fair chance there are some Vietnamese people in your street and realise that their stories could be very different to the one that you and I live. Let’s make them feel welcome and safe because living in fear doesn’t build community.

We need to remember we’re all migrants expect four the First Nations people. It’s good that you’re in Vietnam today because it makes us remember that most of us are from overseas.

Now I have a question for you today… now that you’ve been in Vietnam a couple of times; what have you noticed about the people in Vietnam that makes them special?

Morro: They are just so so thankful, every time I ask them a question they say “no worries no worries.. thank you for coming, thank you Australia, thank you Australia” they’re the most grateful people, they’re so full of gratitude and thankfulness.

Kirste: I’ve been seeing a real gentleness. Everyone you see is so kind and so smiley. The elderly people have so much love for their families and are so full of joy, their families love them and they love their families… they’re just like you and me.

We can learn so much about thankfulness and gratitude and humbleness and community from people who have been through tough times. Sometimes I think us people in Perth haven’t been through anything that makes us fight for the things that are valuable to us. It’s a really interesting lesson that we can learn from these people that you’ve met; they’ve had to fight for everything that they have so they’re so grateful. Everything that we have has been served on a silver platter so we just want more and more and more.”

Listen to the full segment from Allan Tranter below.


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