In the 1990s, headlines such as “Viet gangs take over heroin trade” were commonplace in Australian national newspapers.
My father Mr Vinh Van Le, was a prominent social worker here in the Vietnamese Community here in Adelaide. During this time, my father volunteered to research and author a parenting guide titled “Every child is the same as a little baby”. Vinh received a small government grant to provide this for free as a means to combat this problem within our own community, beginning with the family itself.
No doubt, in writing this guide (written in both Vietnamese and English languages), it had a major impact on the way my father parented me and my childhood experience in Australia.
He applied the knowledge in this book for my siblings and me.
Throughout my life, I always was curious about the contents of this guide, but never fully appreciated this until later in life as a mental health specialist and my interest in working with families to combat not substance addictions, but internet addictions.
I’ve attached a scanned PDF version of this guide to download for free as many aspects will still be relevant for families today (you will need to rotate the pdf image to read clearly in your browser).
Dr Huu Kim Le is a Vietnamese Australian Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist based in Adelaide, South Australia
“Viet gangs take over heroin trade”, Sunday Mail (Brisbane), 24 April 1994, p. 33.