The Happiest Refugee

by

Anh Do

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Uncle Huy Character Analysis

Second eldest brother to Anh’s mother. During the Vietnam War, he served as a paratrooper and fought alongside American and Australian troops. He narrowly escapes death when he misses a boat he was meant to board during the war, which he then watches explode before his eyes. After the war, Uncle Huy and his brother Thanh are sent to a Communist re-education camp, from which they are rescued by their brother-in-law Tam. Huy makes the journey of escape from Vietnam to Australia with Anh’s family. In Australia, he becomes a priest.

Uncle Huy Quotes in The Happiest Refugee

The The Happiest Refugee quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle Huy or refer to Uncle Huy . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Allen & Unwin edition of The Happiest Refugee published in 2010.
Chapter 1 Quotes

One sunny afternoon my father walked into the remote re-education camp dressed as a high-ranking communist officer. He marched right through the front door of the commanding officer’s room.

“These two men need to come with me,” he demanded. The commanding officer was bewildered. He was afraid to disobey such a high-ranking official so he did not resist. My father then walked my uncles out of the camp, right through the front gate.

Related Characters: Anh Do (speaker), Tam / Anh’s Father, Uncle Thanh , Uncle Huy
Related Symbols: The Re-education Camps
Page Number: 8
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 5 Quotes

The school had two mottos. First: “Men for Others”—done deal as far as Mum was concerned. Here was a school that was going to teach her boys to look after others and, if she hadn’t drummed it into us enough at home, we’d get another dose at school. The other motto was: “Born for Greater Things.” Boom! Dad’s happy.

Related Characters: Anh Do (speaker), Anh’s Mother, Tam / Anh’s Father, Khoa, Uncle Huy
Page Number: 65
Explanation and Analysis:
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Uncle Huy Character Timeline in The Happiest Refugee

The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Huy appears in The Happiest Refugee. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Poverty and Hardship Theme Icon
Uncle Huy also escaped death by a hair’s breadth during the war. While in the army, he... (full context)
Poverty and Hardship Theme Icon
Courage and Perseverance Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
After his marriage to Anh’s mother, Anh’s father Tam rescues his brothers-in-law Thanh and Huy from the communist re-education camp to which they have been condemned, and he does so... (full context)
Chapter 5
Courage and Perseverance Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
...value education highly, begin looking around for a good school. On the suggestion of Uncle Huy—who has become a priest—the family sets its sights on the boys’ school of St. Aloysius.... (full context)
Chapter 10
Migration and Luck Theme Icon
Poverty and Hardship Theme Icon
Courage and Perseverance Theme Icon
Family and Community Theme Icon
Betrayal and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...re-education camp, dressed in a senior official’s uniform, to rescue his two brothers-in-law Thanh and Huy. He had also been terrified while guiding the family on the “Motherfish” boat during their... (full context)