"The People We Know with Accalia Hipwood podcast tells the stories of individual migrants – their family’s heritage, how they found themselves living in a new country, the challenges and the triumphs. It highlights the human thread that connects us all, regardless of where we call home, and how life always has the ability to surprise, disappoint, delight and nudge us in different directions, sometimes through choice and other times through circumstance. The People We Know reminds us that everybody has a story worth sharing – and that these stories shape not only the storyteller, but the listener too".
Sally Emery - Luckybird Content Agency
Binh Phung talks with Accalia
Vincent Binh Phung was born in an underground shelter in Vietnam during the American Vietnam war. B52 Bombers raided his city every day killing many. His family knows war all too well. His parents were born in China and escaped to Vietnam during the Japanese invasion of China. When Binh was 12 years old, the Chinese Vietnam War started. Both he and his young brother escaped from Vietnam to China traveling by foot and eventually onward to Hong Kong once again risking their lives on an overcrowded fishing boat . He then experiences life in a refugee camp with many other Chinese Vietnamese people. This is not the end of his journey. Binh has found freedom and considers himself lucky.
Widd Bonney talks with Accalia
Now based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Widd Bonney sees himself as a proud New Zealander. But his background and that of both his paternal and maternal grandparents is far more complex and culturally rich. His family's story is that of war, displacement and survival. Fleeing the Armenian Genocide in Turkey and displacement from Palestine in 1948. Thankfully there was respite and peace and happier times in Baghdad Iraq in the 1950s, but sadly this does not last. This family is to face war again and again. Widd's parents, battered by conflict, instability and danger with the Iraq Iran war and the Gulf war, eventually migrate with their children Widd and Farah, to a safe and welcoming New Zealand.
Kamilla Omarzay talks with Accalia
Kamilla Omarzay was born to Afghan parents at home in Kabul, Afghanistan during the Soviet–Afghan War. Kamilla lives in the United Arab Emirates and is an entrepreneur and Founder of The Snack Society. She shares the story of her family's abrupt relocation from Afghanistan to the UAE, and her experiences and feelings of being a modern Afghan woman.
Navina Thompson talks with Accalia
Navina Thompson is an Indian Vicar in the Anglican Church, and is based outside London. She was born in the United Arab Emirates and shares the story of her parents intercultural marriage, a strict patriarchal upbringing, her own marriage to a British Anglican Vicar and how she currently finds herself in an ever-growing role regarding women’s rights and race relations discussions in the UK.
Lucia Burgio talks with Accalia
Lucia Burgio was born in Asmara Eritrea in 1964 to Italian Sicilian parents whose ancestors had moved to the Italian colonies in Benghazi Libya and Eritrea Africa.
She has lived a multi culturally rich life in the Sudan, Italy, Lebanon, Germany, the USA and the United Arab Emirates. Lucia has now found home in St Andrews Scotland.
Malak Harb talks with Accalia
Malak Harb was born in Saudi Arabia to Palestinian parents who's family were driven out of Palestine in 1948. Malak attended University in Boston in the US and now lives and works in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Malak is a passionate and driven video journalist for Associated Press covering conflict in the Middle East.
Wonderful insightful interviews
Accalia’s interviews are a wonderful insight into the lives of ordinary people who have made a life for themselves in other countries. As someone who has done this a number of times myself, I felt I could connect with the guests. It also validated some of the emotions I feel living in a different country from the one I grew up in.
What we all need right now
This is such an interesting and informative podcast. Love the stories of the guests and the insights and discernment of the host. A must listen!!