Compassion without action is just a nice-sounding word, so Carina Hoang urges Australians to actually do something rather than just debate about asylum seekers.
Carina Hoang is a former Vietnamese refugee and multiple award-winning author. At the age of sixteen, Carina escaped Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two siblings and 370 other people. She survived the harrowing journey and the extreme challenges that followed in a primitive refugee camp, and was ultimately accepted for resettlement in the United States. In 2011, Carina released her first book, Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996, which received the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Non-Fiction (Australia and New Zealand). Based in Western Australia, Carina now volunteers to assist families from different parts of the world to search for graves of their loved ones in former Indonesian refugee camps.