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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." Karien Dekker from Thornbury talks to Sharon about her experience of migration from the Netherlands. Resources: For more about Karien and her research, visit her RMIT webpage. Next episode: You could be our next guest. For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos, and information about how to take part in the project, and how to contact us, visit the This Is Us Australia project website (see Blog, Project Description, and Contact). You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at and Twitter. Special tha...

31 min2018 AUG 25
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Se 02 Ep 10 Karien Dekker, Thornbury

Se 02 Ep 09 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 make cross-cultural relationships.” In part one of this conversation, Ellie Scott spoke about her father’s experience of migration from Argentina to the USA, and her observations about second culture kids and hospitality, before reflecting on her own experience of migration from the USA to Australia. In this episode, part two of their conversation, Sharon Southwell asks Ellie about her experiences living in Indonesia and West Papua and working in Australia in a cross-cultural context. Ellie speaks movingly about the importance of language for all of us in expressing matters of the heart, and the challenges and riches of cross-cultural experiences. Sources: You can find Ellie’s ...

42 min2018 AUG 1
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Se 02 Ep 09 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part Two

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 Southwell speaks to Ellie Scott. The conversation moves from Ellie’s father’s experience of migration from Argentina to the USA, to her observations about second culture kids and hospitality, before exploring her own experience of migration from the USA to Australia. Next episode: Sharon and Ellie continue their conversationas Ellie reflects on her experiences living in Indonesia and West Papua and working in Australia in a cross-cultural context.For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos, and information about how to take part in the project, and how to contact us, visit the This Is Us Australia project website (see Blog, Proje...

26 min2018 JUL 30
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Se 02 Ep 08 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part One

Se 02 Ep 07 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 they met earlier this year, Sharon asked Spring primarily about her experience of migrating from Malaysia. They decided then to come back and talk about this other experience of difference Spring lives, as a person involved in martial arts, a woman in martial arts, and particularly a woman involved in Muay Thai. Some of the questions Sharon asked Spring included: How did you become involved with martial arts and then in Muay Thai? For listeners who are unfamiliar with martial arts, would you be able to describe Aikido and Muay Thai? What percentage of people involved in martial arts are women? What about Muay Thai? What percentage of the people involved are women? What else ...

32 min2018 JUL 9
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Se 02 Ep 07 Spring Sia Brunswick Part Two

Se 02 Ep 06 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 Beyond Veiled Clichés, as well as writing about the lives of other women, Amal also writes about her own experiences as an Arab and Muslim woman growing up and living in Australia. Amal has a website and is on Twitter and Facebook. Look out for news of her speaking engagements, and about projects including her upcoming book, Fridays With My Folks, also with Vintage Penguin Random House. In this interview, Amad says of this new project: “When you sit down with your parents and have these conversations, they become as complex as you feel.” Penguin have a dedicated page for Beyond Veiled Clichés. Next episode: You could be our next g...

34 min2018 MAY 26
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Se 02 Ep 06 Amal Awad Inner West Sydney

Se02 Ep05 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. For our photo of Spring in action, visit thisisusaustralia.com. To see more of Spring in action, visit the Martial Spirit website and Facebook page. Next episode: You could be our next guest. For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact), visit the project website: http://thisisusaustralia.com. You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at and Twitter. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music ...

13 min2018 MAR 18
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Se02 Ep05 Spring Sia, Brunswick

Se02 Ep04 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. For photos of Jocelyn and her father, visit thisisusaustralia.com. Next episode: We meet Spring from Brunswick. For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact), visit the project website. You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at and Twitter. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music from ‘Forces’.

27 min2018 MAR 3
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Se02 Ep04 Jocelyn, Brunswick

Se02 Ep03 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. For photos of Lori, visit thisisusaustralia.com. Next episode: Jocelyn, Brunswick For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact), visit http://thisisusaustralia.com. You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at and Twitter. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music from ‘Forces’.

43 min2018 FEB 17
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Se02 Ep03 Lori Cucinotta, Preston

Se02 Ep002 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. For photos of Rosa, visit thisisusaustralia.com. Next episode: Lori Cucinotta, Preston. For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact) visit http://thisisusaustralia.com. You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook and Twitter. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music from ‘Forces’.

18 min2018 FEB 5
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Se02 Ep002 Rosa Cucinotta, Preston

Se02 Ep001 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 from four refrigerators. For this show’s podcast notes and photos of Nikhil, visit http://thisisusaustralia.com/2018/01/25/nikhil-joy-fawkner Next episode: Rosa Cucinotta, Preston For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact), see http://thisisusaustralia.com. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thisisusaustralia and Twitter at https://twitter.com/thisisusaus. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork ...

29 min2018 JAN 26
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Se02 Ep001 Nikhil Joy, Fawkner
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Latest Episodes

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." Karien Dekker from Thornbury talks to Sharon about her experience of migration from the Netherlands. Resources: For more about Karien and her research, visit her RMIT webpage. Next episode: You could be our next guest. For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos, and information about how to take part in the project, and how to contact us, visit the This Is Us Australia project website (see Blog, Project Description, and Contact). You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at and Twitter. Special tha...

31 min2018 AUG 25
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Se 02 Ep 10 Karien Dekker, Thornbury

Se 02 Ep 09 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 make cross-cultural relationships.” In part one of this conversation, Ellie Scott spoke about her father’s experience of migration from Argentina to the USA, and her observations about second culture kids and hospitality, before reflecting on her own experience of migration from the USA to Australia. In this episode, part two of their conversation, Sharon Southwell asks Ellie about her experiences living in Indonesia and West Papua and working in Australia in a cross-cultural context. Ellie speaks movingly about the importance of language for all of us in expressing matters of the heart, and the challenges and riches of cross-cultural experiences. Sources: You can find Ellie’s ...

42 min2018 AUG 1
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Se 02 Ep 09 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part Two

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 Southwell speaks to Ellie Scott. The conversation moves from Ellie’s father’s experience of migration from Argentina to the USA, to her observations about second culture kids and hospitality, before exploring her own experience of migration from the USA to Australia. Next episode: Sharon and Ellie continue their conversationas Ellie reflects on her experiences living in Indonesia and West Papua and working in Australia in a cross-cultural context.For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos, and information about how to take part in the project, and how to contact us, visit the This Is Us Australia project website (see Blog, Proje...

26 min2018 JUL 30
Comments
Se 02 Ep 08 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part One

Se 02 Ep 07 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 they met earlier this year, Sharon asked Spring primarily about her experience of migrating from Malaysia. They decided then to come back and talk about this other experience of difference Spring lives, as a person involved in martial arts, a woman in martial arts, and particularly a woman involved in Muay Thai. Some of the questions Sharon asked Spring included: How did you become involved with martial arts and then in Muay Thai? For listeners who are unfamiliar with martial arts, would you be able to describe Aikido and Muay Thai? What percentage of people involved in martial arts are women? What about Muay Thai? What percentage of the people involved are women? What else ...

32 min2018 JUL 9
Comments
Se 02 Ep 07 Spring Sia Brunswick Part Two

Se 02 Ep 06 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 Beyond Veiled Clichés, as well as writing about the lives of other women, Amal also writes about her own experiences as an Arab and Muslim woman growing up and living in Australia. Amal has a website and is on Twitter and Facebook. Look out for news of her speaking engagements, and about projects including her upcoming book, Fridays With My Folks, also with Vintage Penguin Random House. In this interview, Amad says of this new project: “When you sit down with your parents and have these conversations, they become as complex as you feel.” Penguin have a dedicated page for Beyond Veiled Clichés. Next episode: You could be our next g...

34 min2018 MAY 26
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Se 02 Ep 06 Amal Awad Inner West Sydney

Se02 Ep05 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. For our photo of Spring in action, visit thisisusaustralia.com. To see more of Spring in action, visit the Martial Spirit website and Facebook page. Next episode: You could be our next guest. For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact), visit the project website: http://thisisusaustralia.com. You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at and Twitter. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music ...

13 min2018 MAR 18
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Se02 Ep05 Spring Sia, Brunswick

Se02 Ep04 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. For photos of Jocelyn and her father, visit thisisusaustralia.com. Next episode: We meet Spring from Brunswick. For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact), visit the project website. You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at and Twitter. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music from ‘Forces’.

27 min2018 MAR 3
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Se02 Ep04 Jocelyn, Brunswick

Se02 Ep03 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. For photos of Lori, visit thisisusaustralia.com. Next episode: Jocelyn, Brunswick For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact), visit http://thisisusaustralia.com. You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at and Twitter. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music from ‘Forces’.

43 min2018 FEB 17
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Se02 Ep03 Lori Cucinotta, Preston

Se02 Ep002 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. For photos of Rosa, visit thisisusaustralia.com. Next episode: Lori Cucinotta, Preston. For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact) visit http://thisisusaustralia.com. You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook and Twitter. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music from ‘Forces’.

18 min2018 FEB 5
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Se02 Ep002 Rosa Cucinotta, Preston

Se02 Ep001 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 from four refrigerators. For this show’s podcast notes and photos of Nikhil, visit http://thisisusaustralia.com/2018/01/25/nikhil-joy-fawkner Next episode: Rosa Cucinotta, Preston For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos (see Blog), and information about how to take part in the project (see Project Description), and how to contact us (see Contact), see http://thisisusaustralia.com. Listeners can also follow This Is Us Australia and be in contact on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thisisusaustralia and Twitter at https://twitter.com/thisisusaus. Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork ...

29 min2018 JAN 26
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Se02 Ep001 Nikhil Joy, Fawkner
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