The Happiest Refugee


Anh Do

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Younger brother to Tam, Anh’s father. Uncle Nine left Vietnam on a boat voyage six months before Anh and his family. On that voyage, he was accompanied by brothers Three, Five, and Seven. However, pirates shipwrecked the boat the brothers were fleeing on, and only Uncles Three and Nine survive—their two other brothers perish. Uncle Nine invests in Tam’s farming and property ventures, losing all his savings when the ventures go bust. He ends up returning to America, where he had lived after leaving Vietnam and before his arrival in Australia.

Uncle Nine Quotes in The Happiest Refugee

The The Happiest Refugee quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle Nine or refer to Uncle Nine . 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 6 Quotes

Uncle Three passed out and woke up on a beach in Malaysia. After searching desperately for other survivors he found Uncle Nine alive. Eventually they found the dead bodies of uncles Five and Seven.

Related Characters: Anh Do (speaker), Uncle Three , Uncle Five , Uncle Seven , Uncle Nine , Pirates
Related Symbols: The Journey
Page Number: 70
Explanation and Analysis:
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Uncle Nine Character Timeline in The Happiest Refugee

The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Nine appears in The Happiest Refugee. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...was known as Four, among his other siblings, One, Two, Three, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine. Anh’s grandmother supported all the children on the meager earnings of her husband’s wages, who... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Anh’s father Tam and his brothers Two, Three, and Nine buy a waterfront farm. Tam wants to launch a duck egg business. Anh, his siblings,... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Courage and Perseverance Theme Icon
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Betrayal and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...too late.” When the duck farm was doing well, Tam and his brothers Three and Nine had invested in several properties. Eventually, however, interest rates went up, and they had to... (full context)
Migration and Luck Theme Icon
Poverty and Hardship Theme Icon
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Uncle Three had left Vietnam with UnclesFive, Seven, and Nine six months before Anh and his family made their voyage of escape. On the journey,... (full context)