Se02 Ep001 Nikhil Joy, Fawkner

January 26, 2018

"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 and to Podington Bear for the theme music from ‘Forces’.

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Se02 Ep002 Rosa Cucinotta, Preston

February 5, 2018

'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’.

 

 

 

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Se02 Ep03 Lori Cucinotta, Preston

February 16, 2018

‘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’.

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Se02 Ep04 Jocelyn, Brunswick

March 3, 2018

'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’.

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Se02 Ep05 Spring Sia, Brunswick

March 18, 2018

“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 from ‘Forces’.

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Se 02 Ep 06 Amal Awad Inner West Sydney

May 25, 2018

"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 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 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’.

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Se 02 Ep 07 Spring Sia Brunswick Part Two

July 9, 2018

“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 can you tell us about the place of women in Muay Thai?

Tell me about your experience of being a Muay Thai fighter and being a woman in the sport? Are there aspects of this experience that are different from being a woman in martial arts and Aikido in particular?

What has it been like for you negotiating significant life changes as a person involved in martial arts and in Muay Thai?

How has this experience in martial arts and in Muay Thai affected your relationships with others? Your parents? Competitors?

In what other ways has this experience - in particular, being in martial arts and in Muay Thai - affected you and the person you have become?

What have been the barriers and the supports in your martial arts journey?

What advice would you give a girl or young woman interested in martial arts or Muay Thai?

Next episode: Sharon speaks with Ellie about her experience of migration from the USA.

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 thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music from ‘Forces’.

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