Registrations are now open for a new podcast - Conversations With My Immigrant Parents that invites immigrant parents and their children in Aotearoa to share honest stories.
By focusing on interpersonal relationships, this podcast hopes to demystify the immigrant experience and bring previously unheard voices into the mainstream, in partnership with RNZ.
Co-producers Saraid de Silva Cameron and Julie Zhu are now looking for a wide range of storytellers including people of different ages, genders, sexualities, origin countries, languages, religions, occupations, and places of residence.
Families will share in intimate conversations revealing different relationships between parent and child, or grandparent and grandchild. (*Please note that ‘child’ here means ‘descendant’ or ‘offspring’ and there is no restriction on the age of the participants.)
Conversations may touch on reasons for emigration, immigration, food, marriage, education, assimilation, language, employment, and love. Participants would be required to be available for 1.5 to 2 days in July for recording and filming. A koha will be provided.
A perfect grasp of English is NOT a requirement and the producers will look for ways to support non-English or non-fluent speakers of English. But at least one family member who wasn't born here in Aotearoa New Zealand must be willing to speak on the podcast. Otherwise the producers are interested in a broad range of opinions and perspectives.
So tell your mum, your dad, your mum's dad, your dad's mum, and whichever aunty goes hardest on the group chat. Everyone is welcome to apply and all applications will be carefully considered. Applications close 28 May.
Promo music track by Tāl.