Hosts Mana Sadeghipour and Tahseen Chowdhury explore current issues from the perspective of 1.5 generation immigrants.
Stuck between the 1st and 2nd generation, a 1.5 generation immigrant is someone who immigrates to a new country before or during adolescence. With more than one culture influencing their identity, 1.5 generationers are a unique group with a deep understanding of what it means to navigate life through a diverse lens; essentially making them culture brokers - the ones who can build bridges across our communities.
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Making Sense of Concurrent Truths - with Mofi and Eniola
For this season’s finale, we sat down with Mofi and Eniola to learn about their experiences immigrating to Canada from Nigeria as first generation immigrants. Check out Mofi on her podcast, Our Favourite Things: https://podcasts.apple.com/a/podcast/our-favourite-things/id1196938782. Eniola is a content creator and fashion designer, and you can find her at @EniolaHu https://www.instagram.com/eniolahu/
A Culture Broker Gets Married
The hosts reflect on Tahseen’s wedding, one year since the launch of the podcast, and the immigration story of Mana’s family.
Unpacking Stinky Lunch Trauma - with Andrew & Sadi from 6Spots
In this episode, Mana and Tahseen sit down with Andrew Do and Sadi Muktadir, the food critics and faces behind 6spots - their platform for sharing interviews conducted with restaurants/eateries in Toronto by immigrants and new Canadians. We talk about food being used as bragging rights for Canada's multiculturalism and aspects that are typically not part of the conversation: food aesthetics, gatekeeping in food media, the regional dishes that often don't make it to the menu, cuisine as a reflection of immigration policy, and learning to fight back when kids told you your lunch stank.
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Andrew can be followed on Twitter @ADoAboutThings, and Sadi can be followed on Instagram @6thirst.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Immigrant Needs
In this episode, Mana and Tahseen explore how to navigate familial conversations without reverting to the 16-year old versions of ourselves. We also talk about our sense of rooted-ness, what equity means for us as 1.5 generation immigrants, and the conditionality of integration in Canada.
The Audacity to Build Your Identity - A Conversation with Hamza Haq
In this episode, Mana and Tahseen sit down with Hamza Haq, the actor most recently recognized on the CTV series Transplant. Hamza also happens to be a fellow 1.5-er. The conversation covers a lot of ground - from the stigma about pursuing a career in art within immigrant families, to navigating shame, leveraging audacity and ultimately learning the hard way what carving your own identity looks like. Make sure to check out Hamza’s Ted Talk: https://youtu.be/UZaYtX6gZa0
Nostalgia in the Time of COVID
Tahseen and Mana reminisce about summer trips back home, and the privilege and/or burden of always knowing there is more than one way of doing things.
As a 1.5 gener myself I love listening to this podcast as it’s current, fresh and poignant.
Super interesting and one of its kind. Although I’m technically not a 1.5 generation-er, I still felt like a lot of the issues discussed mirrored what I face on a daily basis. Can’t wait for the next episode!