Kim ThÃºy: A long journey
Congress 2012 Correspondent
You donâ€™t need to have read Kim ThÃºyâ€™s book in order to appreciate the enthusiasm and inspiring spirit that she brought to her presentation A long journey which took place on Saturday, May 26th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Having the pleasure of kicking off the Big Thinking Speaker Series for Congress 2012, ThÃºy began by assuring us that even if you are small, you can think big. Incorporating humorous anecdotes to support her story, ThÃºy told us about her personal experience as a young refugee, having left Vietnam to arrive in Quebec with her family at the age 10.
Immediately, her perseverance shone through. As she presented memories from her life (which were often quite unpleasant), an immense strength appeared in ThÃºy. She spoke to us about her current difficulties with French and English (even though, in my opinion, she has mastered both languages), the many jobs that she has had, the grotesque conditions that existed in the refugee camps and the cultural shock that her family experienced when arriving here (they expected to be living in an igloo!). But, the real inspiration for the day came from the fact that she never once complained, merely stating again and again that she feels very blessed.
As soon as she arrived in Quebec, ThÃºy felt like an adopted child whose parents had been eagerly awaiting her for a long time. This experience was the moment in her life where she felt the most beautiful. Her eyes lit up this morning as she explained that it is to this type of welcoming Quebec citizen that she wished to pay homage when writing Ru.
She explained that her book, published in 2009, does not tell her own story, but the story of the many people that she encountered throughout her life, even those whose faces she cannot recall. What she remembers most about her experiences are the emotions that she felt. Thus, she does not like to call Ru an autobiography because the stories do not only belong to her. In brief, you donâ€™t need to have read Kim ThÃºyâ€™s book to appreciate her passion and joy, but after her presentation, it was not a surprise to see the line-up of people waiting to buy a copy!