When sisters Eva and Avi first moved to Whangārei from Indonesia they could count the amount of Indonesian people they knew on one hand. But now, thanks to their drive to connect with others from their home, there’s a community.

“I don’t think I can move back to Indonesia. Home for me is now here,” says Avi.

In this episode of the podcast and video series Conversations With My Immigrant Parents Avi and Eva sit down with their daughters and talk about white men who travel to Indonesia, the fetishisation of Asian women, and finding community and national pride in Whangārei.

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.

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

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