VN Adoptee – Australia
Teacher & Community Engagement
Teacher, Long term Community Engagement with SA VN and Multicultural Communities & Media Artist
Ruth Tulloch’s original Bio PDF can be found here: ruthbio.pdf (705 KB)
Bachelor of Social Science and Diploma in Management Community Services.
Lecturer at TAFE SA, teaching students who aspire to work in the social work, health and community services job areas.
12 years experience working in the community services and social work areas. Ten years working with the Vietnamese Community Centre in South Australia as a youth worker and manager.
– Young Vietnamese
– Australian of the Year 2003 presented by the national organization Vietnamese Community in Australia / SA Chapter Inc.
-Asia Video Entertainment Incorporated video productions presented award in 2004 (California,) for contribution to helping young Vietnamese in Australia. Asia Video Entertainment made a music / DVD called “Voice of the Heart,” included my life story as an adoptee.
– Chairperson of Multicultural Youth South Australia Inc. 2001 – 2003, advocating for young refugees.
-Board member of Multicultural Communities Council of SA. 2002-2004, advocating for culturally diverse communities.
-Ministerial member of Youth Plus, advising youth minister on youth issues. 2001-2002.
-A keen photographer and face painter!!!
External Vice President of the Vietnamese Community in Australia / SA Chapter Inc.2005 – 2008
I was born in Vietnam, Saigon. I came to Australia in 1975, when I was adopted by an Australian family. My first contact with the Vietnamese Community was when I was 15 years old and I started to go to ethnic school to learn Vietnamese. I sat in Vietnamese classes with pre-schoolers at Ridley Grove and all my class mates were 4 years old, so that was an interesting experience for me.
I remember going to some of the Vietnamese festivals at that age, like Tet and Full Moon festival. Through the ethnic school, I found out about the cultural festivals here in Australia and went to them and that was the first contact I had with the Vietnamese culture. Shortly afterwards I lost contact with the Vietnamese culture, which was unfortunate.
I went to university and studied social science and that was when I became interested in providing welfare services and really wanted to help other people. However I was still very much interested in my cultural heritage and finding my Vietnamese family. My interest in that cross-cultural identity always bothered me and luckily I was introduced to the Vietnamese Community in Australia / SA Chapter Incorporated in 1997. I started volunteering with the Vietnamese Community Centre in South Australia as a street outreach worker, making contact with young Vietnamese people in their own environments. Distributing health, legal and other information and linking them back to welfare services. From my volunteer work I was able to become employed by the Vietnamese Community in South Australia as a youth worker and many other roles over the years.
My involvement with the Vietnamese Community in South Australia stretched over a period of 12 years, after I left working there I became a management committee member. It has given me valuable insight in to the Vietnamese culture and has allowed me experiences I will never forget.Over the years I was able to give the Vietnamese Community insight to the stories of Vietnamese adoptees and it has been an enlightening and worthwhile experience.