was the eldest in a single parent Chinese family when we first met her.
She worked hard and well at school, had good relationships with her
teachers, and achieved good results in her exams. She was involved with
her extended family culture and attended Chinese school at weekends. A
determined young woman, Luu always felt strongly about caring and being
responsible for her family, and defending her siblings if necessary.
She was especially close to her mother, and always put money earned
from her part time jobs back into the family income to help out. Her
mother held her up as a role model for her sisters, which she found
quite hard at times. Instead of pursuing her original career choice,
and going to university, she chose to leave school after A levels and
take a creative job working with children for a charity organisation,
which she was guided towards by a helpful teacher. This she enjoyed,
and it provided useful work experience for a subsequent and related job
that gave her more flexibility of content. As an efficient, talented
and confident young woman, Luu is someone people trust and confide in.
Originally uninterested in boyfriends, by this time she was involved in
a serious long term relationship, but was still concerned to stay at
home and support her family. Meanwhile, her mother had also met
someone, with whom she had a baby. Unfortunately, Luu’s relationship
eventually broke up and she felt heartbroken. But through this she
realised the importance of her friends who were very supportive, as was
her mother. After several years, at last contact she was taking a
university degree, for which she had saved up her money, but was
finding it both hard and stressful, and was looking at other
possibilities involving work with children.