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

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

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

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

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

Franca, North Coburg

"I used to have lots of fights at school because I didn't like being called a wog. I'm just the same as you. Trying to explain was very hard because the language wasn't there." An audio clip from this interview with Franca: What is a typical day like for you? I get up and have … Continue reading Franca, North Coburg

Jose Luis, Preston

"Life is less social here. Not because Spanish people are more social by character but because of how we live in big cities. Here we all have our own separate houses. In Spain, if you live on the fourth floor of an apartment building, and there are four apartments on each floor, you have to … Continue reading Jose Luis, Preston