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177 Nations of Tasmania aims to broadcast interviews with at least one member of all 177 of the nationalities represented in Tasmania's last census and find out about their journey to be here, their lives, experiences, hopes and dreams, and what makes them tick. Continue Reading >>
177 Nations of Tasmania aims to broadcast interviews with at least one member of all 177 of the nationalities represented in Tasmania's last census and find out about their journey to be here, their lives, experiences, hopes and dreams, and what makes them tick. << Show Less
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Melika from Iran : Even Covid-19 can't break a love affair with Tasmania Melika and her husband came to Tasmania in what proved to be the most challenging time imaginable - 3 weeks before Covid-19 hit Australia fully and the international and state borders were slammed shut. Neither of them had a job and wear very worried that finding work was going to be very challenging. Things worked out for Melika, finding work within a month, but were much more challenging for her husband, who after many months of trying without success, eventually got an IT job in Adelaide.
Melika, who is from Tehran, is a qualified architect, a job she dreamed of doing from a young age. She had wanted to emigrate, though her husband was reluctant, but when researching Tasmania and seeing pictures online she fell in love with the place and persuaded her husband that they had to come her and give it a go. In the mean time, as you will here, Melika has embraced the beauty of Tasmania's nature, becoming something of a "tree-hugger".
Iran is a country about which many Australians have misconceptions, and you can hardly blame them with regularly negative news about Iran in the media. With a growing Iranian population in Tasmania, it's important to know that there are a lot more sides to Iran, it's people and it's ancient culture. Though Melika's is but one of many many stories, I hope that it will make people see that there is another side to Iran and one should always question one's preconceived ideas about a place and its people.
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Born on islands Islands communities, like Tasmania often have their own distinct culture and often have many things in common, regardless of geography it seems , for example, a sense of community and closeness that may be lacking in other places. Also there is a sense of independence 177 Nations of Tasmania
Stories from the Middle East Personal stories from people born in the countries of the Middle East now living in Tasmania 177 Nations of Tasmania
Eastern and Central Europe in Tasmania Many of the migrants who have come to Tasmania from countries like Poland, Czechoslovakian and Hungary, came from behind the Iron Curtain in the Cold War era, or as a result of displacement because of World War 2. Many of them have fascinating stories that have become part of the fabric of our social history. Although many are of the older generation, you'll still here a few more recent migrants from the region offering new perspectives 177 Nations of Tasmania
Africans in Tasmania A curated playlist of the personal stories of migrants of African origin who have made lives for themselves in Tasmania. They come from very diverse countries in Africa with different experiences and with both similar and very different reasons for being on this island 177 Nations of Tasmania
Latin Americans in Tasmania Interviews with people from Latin American countries now living in Tasmania. There are both commonalities and differences between migrants from the various countries of South and Central America. Get some of their perspectives and hear about how they came to this remote island of Tasmania 177 Nations of Tasmania
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Ahsan from The Maldives : Everyday life on an island paradise The Maldives is so often seen as a fashionable and unique travel destination in online travel sites and images of bikini-wearing influencers swanning around atolls of glittering white sand or bathing in azure waters are common place. But what is life like for everyday people in this small island nation ? And why would a Maldivian want to leave this seemingly idyllic life, for a life in the much colder and temperamental climate of Tasmania ?
Ahsan migrated from The Maldives and has lived in Tasmania for around 15 years now, and has three children here, and loves life here. He originally moved to complete a Ph.D, but ended up working as an electrical engineer for an arm of Hydro Tasmania. In this episode we discussed life in The Maldives and how it has changed since he was young, and how precarious life can be there at times.
To get a bit of perspective, it's useful to know a few key facts about The Maldives. The archipelago of some 26 coral islands is scattered over an area of 90,000 square kilometres, of which 298 km2 is land. In this conversation we discuss how this effects life on the islands and creates a culture of interdependence and communitarianism. It's also the flattest country on earth, with an average natural elevation of 1.5 metres, making it extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels and natural disasters. The 2004 tsunami had a particularly devastating impact, as you will hear.

THEME : Food and hospitality Pt 2 This is a collection of clips from existing episodes, all relating to the topic of "food and hospitality".
It features clips of Peter and Rebeka discussing some differences between aspects of hospitality in Slovenia and Australia, Sergio reminiscing about childhood experiences of festivities in his Portuguese village involving roasting a pig, Ariana explaining the importance of coffee drinking to Brazilian social life, and Manu recalls picking tropical fruits on the tiny Tongan island where he grew up.
THEME : Escaping - Refugee stories compilation 2 This is a compilation of three stories told by very different women of their experiences of escaping their homelands : a political refusnik from Russia ( in the former USSR ), a young Eritrean who fled political persecution and the threat of compulsory and indefinite military conscription, and the story of an epic escape from behind the Iron Curtain in the then Republic of Czechoslovakia ( today's Czechia )
THEME : Escaping the homeland - refugee stories This is a compilation of excerpt from four very different stories that all relate to escaping danger or repression in their homelands and eventually making their way to Tasmania to start a new life.
This compilation features : Reza, a Hazara from Afghanistan. Nancy, whose family was deeply effected by the 1973 military coup in Chile by the notorious General Pinochet. Cedric, whose family had to flee civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo , and Jenny/Yenni, who experienced Russian tanks rumbling into her home city of Kosice after the Soviets occupied Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague spring in 1969 and snuffing out the country's little whiff of freedom.
THEME : Romance and relationships This is a compilation of clips from interviews I've done so far featuring different stories about how people met their partners, which in most cases resulted directly or indirectly in them coming to or staying in Tasmania. Every one has a different story to tell, and they include a used car sale, a meeting in Mexican customs, a blind date, an online dating site that lead to a meeting in Mauritius, a proposal on Parliament House in Canberra and a "set up" by some crafty Tasmanian mums (allegedly) !
Features Eri (Japan), Adel ( Iraq), Helen ( South Africa), Dana ( Poland), Anette (Norway), Jeff ( Canada), Loni (Samoa), Michaela (Madagascar), and Claudia ( Switzerland)
Mereani from Fiji : How traditional dancing lead to life on this cold island Mereani grew up in a village on the main island of Fiji. It was much less isolated from the capital than other Fijian villages, but when Mereani was growing up, there wasn't much of the technology and mod cons we might expect today and her family mainly lived from farming.
After finishing school, Mereani got a job in a traditional Fijian dancing group at a tourist hotel, and it was through this that she would eventually meet her future Tasmanian husband and eventually move to a climate that was quite a bit colder than she had expected. Although she's more or less adapted to the cold and Aussie English, she stills holds on to some of her Fijian values including those around family and the collective mentality that people have in Fijian villages.
Gediminas from Lithuania : Passing on soccer skills to kids in Launceston At 15 years Gediminas was selected to attend the National Academy of Sport in Vilnius, which precipitated a great change in lifestyle , with training becoming part of his daily routine. He played as a professional footballer in several countries before reaching a crossroads in his career in his late 20s and thinking about the next step in his life. That next step turned out to be a journey to the other side of the world to play football (soccer) for Devonport in 2018. Although this contract was just for a year, he would return to live in Launceston, after romance with a Tasmanian girl and they now live together in Launceston with a baby daughter. In the meantime, Gedi was drawn in the direction of coaching, and now he is passing on the skills he learnt as a pro in Lithuania to kids in Launceston.
THEMES : Food and hospitality 1 One of the common themes in the podcast has been about food and hospitality, something central to many cultures and which has many emotional connections for migrants, connecting them with family and homeland in various ways.
This compilation features excerpts from my interviews with Amr (Egypt), Ranti ( Indonesia), Anna (Hungary), Anna ( Seychelles) and Darya (Ukraine) talking about different aspects of food and hospitality from their homelands, and sometimes comparing with what they've experienced in Tasmania
Manu from Tonga : A childhood with no mod cons Manu grew up on a small island in Tonga, a small nation in itself, in a time where they had no electricity or technologies that we would take for granted today, like TV or cars. Later he would move to the main island to attend high school and start playing rugby, a sport that is dear to the hearts of many Tongans. But his rugby ability would prove to be an asset later, when as a 25-year old he moved to Tasmania and rugby proved an outlet to make friends, build his networks and connect with others in the small Pacific Islander community in Tasmania.
Manu now works in the community care sector, assisting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and according to Manu, caring for others in the community is very much a part of the Tongan ethos, where family is central to community life. But getting to where he is now has been a rough road at times and he talks about discrimination, trouble with the law, losing his job and turning things around through education and how his upbringing instilled his with the qualities of adaptability and resilience.
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