What does identity mean for an immigrant? Tan Le was only four years old when she and her family took a dangerous journey to emigrate from Vietnam to Australia. After time in a refugee camp they settled in a suburb of Melbourne Australia. In her 2014 TED Talk, she describes her feelings of living in a parallel existence with different identities; as an Asian student focused on her education, an immigrant from a community where many felt isolated and disenfranchised and a social activist who felt out of place without a firm understanding of dominant cultural and social norms when she was asked to present at large venues and forums. She continued to challenge herself, completed law school and now runs a bioinformatics company. Not all immigrants will have the same level of professional success as Tan Le, but most share the experience of struggling to form a personal identity and social identity.
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