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 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 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. Here is a link to the interview. To see more of Spring in action, visit the Martial Spirit website and … 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. Here is a link to the interview. A rare photograph of the family photographer, Jocelyn's father, Kees. Next episode: We meet Spring from Brunswick. For … 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. Here is the link to the interview. Rosa as a young woman Two of Rosa's creations Next episode: … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 02 Rosa Cucinotta, Preston

Se 02 Ep 01 Nikhil Joy, Fawkner

"One of the amazing things that happen out of getting that job was my self-discovery that food and coffee ... I love that." In this first episode of season 2, we meet Nikhil Joy in his café. Nikhil tells me that the hum in the background is from four refrigerators. Here is the link to … Continue reading Se 02 Ep 01 Nikhil Joy, Fawkner

Bruce, Glenroy

“And over here everything is on a time… Everything was on a timetable and we struggled for a bit with the transportation because we were new in Australia.” An audio snippet from this interview with 'Bruce':  Today we are with Bruce from Glenroy.  Bruce, when I met you earlier today, you told me that you’d … Continue reading Bruce, Glenroy

Frank, Oak Park

“…all the sunny weather here. I know, living in Melbourne, that is a hard thing for people to understand, but if you lived in Germany or central Pennsylvania where most days it's going to be cloudy or raining or snowing, it's really very different and very positive…” An audio snippet from this interview with Frank:  … Continue reading Frank, Oak Park

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 Two

"Australia is bigger than extremisms and I just hope that we all remember that."   An audio snippet from this interview with Colombiano:  So, Colombiano, perhaps you could start by describing for me a normal, typical day for you? I will divide it into a typical weekday and a typical weekend day. They are very … Continue reading The Colombians, Glen Eira, Part Two