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Famous Refugee

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Anastasia Nekvapil

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Khoa
Do
was
born
in
1979,
Ho
Chi
Minh
City,
Vietnam.
In
1980
his
family
arrived
in
Sydney
as
Vietnamese
refugees.
They
left
Vietnam
because
of
the
war
. He
won
a
scholarship
to
attend
St.
Aloysius
College
on
Sydney’s
north
shore
and
he
grew
up
in
Banks
town,
in
1996
he
graduated
and
went
to
the
University
of
Sydney
to
study
Law
and
Arts.
F
a
m
i
l
y
Khoa's
family
left
Vietnam
when
he
was
two
years
old.
Khoa's
brother,
Anh
Do,
is
a
famous
comedian
and
actor.
His
father
left
them
when
he
was
11
years
old
and
his
mother
had
to
look
after
both
Anh
and
Khoa
by
herself.
Khoa's family
T
h
e
A
w
a
r
d

Khoa
directed
and
co-wrote
the
film
The
Finished
People,
which
grew
out
of
his
work
with
disadvantaged
children
in
Cabramatta.
When
accepting
his
Young
Australian
of
the
Year
award
in
2005,
Khoa
said,
‘I
hope
it
might
just
inspire
young
people
from
other
backgrounds
to
find
their
own
way
in
life
and
maybe
make
a
difference.’
Khoa
received
The
Young
Australian
of
the
Year
award
in
2005
because
of
his
"leadership,
compassion
and
his
will
to
inspire
and
inform
Australians
on
issues
that
effect
our
communities."
A
year
later,
at
Cabramatta's
Open

Family
Youth

Social
Services
Centre
Do
commenced
voluntary
work
with
disadvantaged
kids.
Do
was
asked
to
teach
film-making
to
the

children
and
thought
that

the
best
way
to
teach
them
is
to

go

and
make
a

film
with
them.
While
at
University
Khoa was

a
job-
seeking
-skills
volunteer
among
the
youth
living
in
Cabramatta
and
worked
as

an
English
teacher.
For
his
efforts,
in
2003,
he
received
a
Centenary
Medal
and
was
awarded
the
2001
Young
Citizen
of
the
Year
Award
(Bankstown

City)
K
h
o
a'
s

C
a
r
e
e
r
Khoa
is
a
screenwriter
, film
director
and
professional

speaker.


This
is
a
short
video
of
Khoa
telling
his
story.
Khoa at the Australian of the year awards
Khoa giving his speech
Khoa & Anh when they were kids
A
n

I
n
s
p
i
r
a
t
i
o
n
t
o

M
a
n
y
Khoa

was

nominated

for

an

AFI

Award
,
in

2001,

for

the

short

film

Delivery

Day.

The

film

tells
the
story
of
a
young
girl
and
her
struggle
to
balance
the
demands
of
her
mother,
the
family's
backyard
sweatshop
and
school.
Khoa
received
the
IF
Independent
Spirit
Award
for
The
Finished
People,
in
2003.
Khoa
was
nominated
for
three
Film
Critics'
Circle
Awards,
two
Australian
Writers'
Guild
Awards
and
two
AFI
Awards
for
The
Finished
People
and
for
his
community
theater,
in
2004.
A clip from Mother Fish
Cover of The Finished People
He
was
also
given
"the
Powerhouse
Wizard
Award,
which
"
recognises
emerging
leaders
in
Australian
innovation
and
achievement."
in
2005.
Footy Legends
Khoa inspiring others
Khoa
was
awarded
the
DIGISPAA
award
and
received
the
CRC
Award
for
his
film
Mother
Fish
at
the
Sydney
Film
Festival,
in
2009,
For
the
same
film
he
won
prizes
at
the
Canada
International
Film
Festival,
Vietnamese
International
Film
Festival
and
Orlando
Film
Festival.

Khoa
is
an
inspiration
to
me
and
the
nation
for
his
help
with
charity
and
his
memorizing
films.
Khoa
has
a
BIG
impact
on
Australia
for
his
giving
to
disadvantage
children
and
"inform
Australians
on
issues
that
effect
our
communities
today."
Khoa
has
not
just
made
Australia
proud
to
call
him
an
Australian
but
he
has
became
a
HUGE
inspiration
to
his
family.
"Yeah,
well
the
boy
in
the
little
dress
turned
out
alright,
too.
In
2005,
he
became
the
Young
Australian
of
the
Year.
Life
is
tremendous."
said
Anh
Do
in
a
Talking
Heads
interview.
T
o
H
i
s
F
a
m
i
l
y
Family Photo
St Aloysius College
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