Third eldest brother to Tam, Anh’s father. Uncle Three left Vietnam on a boat voyage six months before Anh and his family. On that voyage, he was accompanied by brothers Five, Seven, and Nine. However, pirates shipwrecked the boat the brothers were fleeing on, and only Uncles Three and Nine survived—their two other brothers die. Uncle Three invests in Tam’s farming and property ventures, losing all his savings when the ventures go bust. He then fights with Tam, and ends up returning to America, where he had lived after leaving Vietnam and before his arrival in Australia.
Uncle Three Quotes in The Happiest Refugee
The The Happiest Refugee quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle Three or refer to Uncle Three . 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: 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.
Uncle Three Character Timeline in The Happiest Refugee
The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Three appears in The Happiest Refugee. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...birth order. Anh’s father Tam 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... (full context)
...and there’s 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... (full context)