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

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

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

Reita Mason, Brunswick

“He came here because of Donald Bradman. He was a little boy, listening on the radio in India, to the Bodyline series, and he never forgot that.”   An audio snippet from this interview with Reita: Perhaps you could start by giving us a sense of a typical day for you. Do you know, because … Continue reading Reita Mason, Brunswick

Sam Haouchar, Taylors Lakes

“I’m also studying entrepreneurship and innovation … I feel like I’ve found my calling”. "Every time I think about it, the word blessed comes to mind. We have access to education, work opportunities, empowerment, freedoms that were not available to my parents and to many people in other countries.” An audio snippet from this interview … Continue reading Sam Haouchar, Taylors Lakes

Sohila Zanjani, Mount Eliza

Sohila Zanjani Photograph © David Brewster 2014  “I think, every little step counts: every programme on SBS or ABC that encourages people to embrace and celebrate difference, rather than be fearful, because fear is destructive. I think Scattered Pearls does that.” Sohila Zanjani and David Brewster have recently published Sohila’s memoir, Scattered Pearls: Three generations … Continue reading Sohila Zanjani, Mount Eliza

Hermine, Westmeadows

“They were not very nice to us, I must say, the Australians. They used to call us all names. We were all ‘Nazis’, you know, coming here from Germany.” An audio clip from this interview with Hermine: So, what is a normal day like for you? I sit here, I do some cooking and do … Continue reading Hermine, Westmeadows

Jenny Kim, North Coburg

"Maybe someone who didn’t know me, like someone I met in the park, would be surprised I have a clinic and own a business. They might be surprised: ‘Wow! How? You’ve been here only ten years!’” An audioclip from this interview with Jenny Kim: So, describe for me a typical day. Okay, so my routine. … Continue reading Jenny Kim, North Coburg