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

“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

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

The Colombians, Glen Eira, Part Three

“The taste was different for everything.” An audio snippet from this interview with Colombianito:  Let's tell the readers a little bit about you. How old are you? Nine years old. I've spoken to your mother and father and I know that you have a sister. How old is she? She is 2 ½. Okay. So … Continue reading The Colombians, Glen Eira, Part Three

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

Jonathan Lopez, Spotswood, Part Two

“Even as young as 13, it didn’t sit well with me to treat people differently. That’s that Aussie culture influencing me, but also the same threads of respect and hospitality, and they were pretty much engraved in me wherever I went in the world, whether it was the Philippines or other places, that general sense … Continue reading Jonathan Lopez, Spotswood, Part Two

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