Ted: "Tan Le: My Immigration Story"

by Joseph McKeown


We're always interested in hearing people's immigration stories. Manny and Ashley have shared their own family's stories (here and here), and we recently came across a particularly compelling and moving story from Tan Le, Founder and CEO of Emotiv Lifescience, a bioinformatics company. Recorded at a TedXWomen event a few years ago (these stories, however, are timeless), Tan Le talks of the dangerous boat trip that she, her younger sister, mother, and grandmother took, of their new life in Australia, and her move to the US. She says:

I realized...that it is okay to be an outsider, a recent arrival, new on the scene. And not just okay, but something to be thankful for, perhaps a gift from the boat. Because being an insider can so easily mean collapsing the horizons; can so easily mean accepting the presumptions of your province.

Definitely watch, but warning: you might need some tissues.