Se 02 Ep 10 Karien Dekker, Thornbury

"I was teaching social planning … I've gotten used to the Australian-English accent but in my first weeks I had real trouble understanding some of the [students], especially those from regional Victoria." "Because I do so much research about how disruptive migration can be for your networks, I was very much aware of the dangers." … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 10 Karien Dekker, Thornbury

Se 02 Ep 09 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part Two

“There is a vision in the book of Revelation which I love - in the Bible - that talks about how around the throne of God in heaven there are people of every tongue, tribe, language and people group.” “Every cross-cultural experience you have makes you richer.” “I would just like to encourage people to … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 09 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part Two

Se 02 Ep 08 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part One

“I remember hospitality being a big thing in our family and it wasn’t until probably university when I realised that wasn’t normal for a lot of people.” “I wish I was better at picking up sarcasm. You’d think I’d be better at it by now.” In this episode, part one of a two-part conversation, Sharon … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 08 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part One

Se 02 Ep 07 Spring Sia, Brunswick, Part Two

“There is more honesty you get when you train with someone because at that point they are only showing what is true to themselves.” In this episode, the host of the This Is Us Australia podcast, Sharon Southwell, returns to Martial Spirit in Brunswick for the second part of a conversation with Spring Sia. When … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 07 Spring Sia, Brunswick, Part Two

Se 02 Ep 06 Amal Awad, Inner West Sydney

"Everything I do is about unpacking truth ... different kinds of truth ... let's embrace them and understand each other through them". In this episode Sharon interviews Amal Awad, Sydney-based journalist, author and screenwriter. In 2017, Amal’s book Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women was published by Vintage Penguin Random House. In … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 06 Amal Awad, Inner West Sydney

Se 02 Ep 05 Spring Sia, Brunswick

“I’ve been a professional Muay Thai fighter for three years now”. In this episode we meet Spring Sia from Brunswick, who migrated from Malaysia, at her business Martial Spirit, on busy Dawson Street in Brunswick. The interview: To see more of Spring in action, visit the Martial Spirit website and Facebook page. Next episode: You … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 05 Spring Sia, Brunswick

Se 02 Ep 04 Jocelyn, Brunswick

'He decided to improve his English by reading Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.' In this episode we meet Jocelyn from Brunswick, whose father migrated with his family from The Netherlands. The interview: A rare photograph of the family photographer, Jocelyn's father, Kees. Next episode: We meet Spring from Brunswick. For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 04 Jocelyn, Brunswick

Se 02 Ep 02 Rosa Cucinotta, Preston

'From the moment I stepped foot in this country, on this land, I fell in love'. In this episode Sharon meets Rosa and Lori Cucinotta, in Rosa's kitchen in Preston. Lori interprets as Rosa tells her story. The interview: Rosa as a young woman Two of Rosa's creations Next episode: Lori Cucinotta, Preston. For Season … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 02 Rosa Cucinotta, Preston

Heather Anne Bloom, Brunswick

"Australia gave me a second chance at realising my potential." An audio snippet from this interview with Heather Anne:  Heather Anne, could you start by giving us a sense of a typical day for you? A typical day for me since recent illness forced me to slow down a bit would be getting up rather … Continue reading Heather Anne Bloom, Brunswick

The Colombians, Glen Eira, Part One

We follow the Hawks in footy. If they're on TV we watch the game, even if they're losing - it’s a nightmare if they are losing - but it is good, we share time and we say, ‘Come on!! Come on!!’  An audio snippet from this interview with Colombiana:   Colombiana, perhaps you could start by … Continue reading The Colombians, Glen Eira, Part One