Younger sister of Anh and Khoa, and daughter of Anh’s mother and Tam. Unlike her brothers, Tram was born not in Vietnam—the family’s native country—but in Australia, where the family finds shelter as refugees. Like her brothers and mother, she suffers greatly from her father’s abandonment of the family, and must struggle with poverty. As a child, she is extremely self-conscious over her misaligned teeth, so much so that she barely smiles. It is for this reason that her brother Anh uses the cash prize of a big comedy award he wins to provide Tram with braces to fix her teeth. Like Khoa, Tram refuses to reconcile with her father when she is urged by her brother Anh to do so, but eventually she reestablishes a relationship with him as well.
Tram Character Timeline in The Happiest Refugee
The timeline below shows where the character Tram appears in The Happiest Refugee. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Canberra, for a prize of $5,000. He uses the award money to get his sister Tram braces. Tram, throughout her childhood, has been so self-conscious over her misaligned teeth that she... (full context)
...falls quite ill again with the brain tumor, Anh finally convinces his siblings Khoa and Tram to meet him. Anh feels that the reconciliation is good for everyone: his siblings seem... (full context)