I am David. My ethnic background is Vietnamese born Chinese. I can speak several languages including English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and have a fundamental understanding of Vietnamese. I am proud to call myself an Australian. I came to this country in 1983 as a refugee with my parents, my older brother, and two younger sisters while fleeing the Vietnam War in the 1970s.
I will never forget the historic moment I landed on Australian soil after departing Hong Kong by plane. I was blown away and very grateful for the hospitality shown by the Australia people in general. When we first arrived here with nothing, the Australian government and people provided us with housing, furniture and we shared a 3 bedrooms house in Marrickville with another family.
Since a young age, I have demonstrated my ability to ask questions about societal problems and apply my logic to analyze situations. I still remember at the age of 12, going by myself to Chinatown and observing the people there and I thought about how I could improve the relationship between the Australians and the Asian community.
As both my parents were trying to forge a new life here in Australia, they worked very hard in order to support and take care of our family of 4 kids. I was mostly left to my own devices and didn’t receive much mentoring or education from my family. I lacked direction in life and didn’t do well in school. I discovered that I could not focus at school and my mind would often wander. I did manage to finish TAFE and ultimately graduated with an associate diploma in Electrical Engineering.
Upon graduation, I was not able to find a job in my field of study. I took what was available and worked in an electrical manufacture as a process worker. After a few months, I was promoted to quality control auditor. Following a few years of work, I later applied and was accepted to study Construction Management at University. Unfortunately, I had to quit University in my 3rd year because I had no opportunity to obtain the 12 months required building cadet construction industry work experience to graduate.
I returned to the workforce again and commenced work as an in-house technician, Here I discovered my passion and abilities and showed my supervisors how I solved difficult problems where my other senior managers have failed to find a solution. For instance, I invented a new colour coding system for a company which greatly improved and reduced the time wastage for the company, resulting in more efficient practices.
I discovered that having an overactive and a curious mind, which I previously perceived to be my downfall later turned out to be an asset. I realised that I often thought outside the box and came up with innovative solutions to problems in my previous workplace which could be difficult to solve.
I moved to work for another company as an electromechanical field technician in a customer service role where I stayed there for 11 years. However, all good things must come to an end and as I approached my 40s, in the last year of working for the company, I sustained a workplace injury and my incapacity to work later resulted in a change in my manager’s attitude towards me. I endured bullying, racial discrimination, intimidation and subsequently lost my job and experienced the breakdown of my relationship.
I tried my best to get back on track and found a new job after 6 months but this exacerbated my injury and I had no choice but to stop work. As a result, due to the two injuries, it took me a total of 8 years to recover. Those 8 years had been the worse years of my life.
Later, I found I was able to re-discover my passion and redirect my calling in life to another area. I became interested in property investment. I learned about land subdivision and development at uni in the past and decided to carve a new career in property. I started off by selling my first house in Slack Creek and bought a bigger land in Marsden with an aim to subdivide for a profit.
Over the years of living in this area, I have seen many problems and have even experienced my house getting broken into. I have lived and shared my house with people from all walks of life and seen the various hardships (poverty, domestic violence) local residents faced. I notice that when I tell people that I am living in Logan, people often viewed me with different eyes, seem to look down on me like a second-class citizen, due to the bad reputation associated with the area. And so, as of today, I started Community Homes with a purpose to address some of those challenges this neighbourhood is facing.