Living in a Multicultural World

Tan Le
Tan Le was only four years old when she and her family took on a dangerous journey to emigrate from Vietnam to Australia. Le is the founder and president of the bioinformatics company, Emotiv Lifescience.

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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