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Can you tell which one is Lan? If not, here she is.
Lan is on the left. See close up.
Lan in 1981 with Willemjin and Maarten. Their mother Dorien came to the refugee camp in Singapore to teach English and French and took Lan home from time to time.
Lan's clothes were provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and you can see the trousers don't fit. She looks older here than she did when we were married ten years later.
Jean wanted to help some new migrants to Australia get settled and took Lan under her wing, helping her to integrate with society. She taught her conservative dress sense too!
When Lan was in the refugee camp, she desparately wanted to go to America since she had a distant relative there and knew no-one in Australia. Just two years after arriving in Australia, she set off to the US (seen here in Disneyland) to look around. . By then she was somewhat established in Australia working 2 jobs and studying and had bought a townhouse and with the need to get INS permission,it got too difficult and she stayed.
Are they in front of a bike shop?
Lan suffered from a "frozen shoulder" in 1994 which delayed our departure to America. One of my co-workers noticed this photo on my desk and commented, "I know why your wife has a sore shoulder - she keeps lifting heavy objects"!
This was taken at a freeway reconstruction site in Los Angeles after the 1994 earthquake. Lan has a cousin that works for the California Department of Transportation who kindly showed us the damage and the speedy repair work.