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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 Karien Dekker, Thornbury

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 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part Two

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 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part One

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 Spring Sia, Brunswick, Part Two

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 Amal Awad, Inner West Sydney

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. Listen to the interview. Subscribe wherever good podcasts are found. To see more of Spring in action, visit the Martial … Continue reading Spring Sia, Brunswick

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. Listen to the interview here. Subscribe wherever good podcasts are found. A rare photograph of the family photographer, Jocelyn's father, Kees. Next episode: We meet … Continue reading Jocelyn, Brunswick

Lori Cucinotta, Preston

‘Going to Japan helped me come out of my shell’. In this episode Sharon interviews Lori Cucinotta from Preston. If you haven’t heard Sharon’s interview with Lori’s mother, Rosa Cucinotta, listen to that interview first. Listen to the interview with Lori at Podbean. Subscribe wherever good podcasts are found. Next episode: Jocelyn, Brunswick For Season … Continue reading Lori Cucinotta, Preston

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. Listen to the podcast at Podbean. Subscribe wherever good podcasts are found. Rosa as a young woman Two … Continue reading Rosa Cucinotta, Preston

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." Season 02 Episode 001 Nikhil Joy from Fawkner In this first episode of season 2, we meet Nikhil Joy in his café. Nikhil tells me that the hum in the background is … Continue reading Nikhil Joy, Fawkner