Alby's mum Lina moved from Samoa to Wellington when she was 20 years old. All she wanted was to help give her son an education - something she never got the chance to have.

After earning a scholarship to study at Otago University, Alby moved away from his mum with just $30 in his pocket. Four years later Alby has found community and compassion in a city that once made him feel isolated and silenced.

"When you come from nothing, you learn how to make something into everything," he says.

This episode follows Alby on his last day on campus as he moves home to give back to his mum. The two of them discuss Lina’s career, Alby’s grief, and who our lives are lived for.

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Conversations With My Immigrant Parents is a podcast/video series where immigrant whānau have conversations they normally wouldn’t, crossing barriers of language, generation, and expectation.

Co-hosts and producers Saraid de Silva and Julie Zhu travelled Aotearoa meeting families from different countries, sitting in as they spoke to each other about love, disappointment, what home means to them - and where home really is.

Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.

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