The Power of Enterprise, Education and Boat People

A new generation of boat people I write from the hospital. My son is wrapped up in swaddling. He’s a day old. We’ve named him Isaiah Seraph Chung. His namesake comes from that beautiful moment between the prophet Isaiah and the Seraph in the Bible. The sky is blue outside. We’re in beautiful Sydney, Australia. The hospital staff are incredibly warm and friendly. We’re Australian citizens with medicare, private health cover and the benefits of being at the SAN hospital, one of the best hospitals in the Southern Hemisphere. For my son, we’re thankful, it’s been smooth sailing. I am conscious even in Australia today, other expectant families will not be so fortunate. I’ve been watching the news that’s been screaming “Turn back the boats”. That’s the kind of hospitality many will be shown regardless of which of the two major parties get in. I’m glad for my baby, wife and I that we are not on a boat heading to Australia. 34 years ago my wife was on a boat heading to Australia. She travelled first class, in her mum’s belly. She was going to be called Sydney because she was born here. Her family had fled Vietnam. I’m glad that 34 years ago, the Australian Government did not “turn back the boats”. I love boat people. Less heat, more warmth There is too much heat in the current conversation. We need more warmth. So I would like to tell our story of the warmth and kindness of enterprise, education and the difference it made to boat people. Family stories are what we pass to our kids. They...