Whaiwhai te kete mātauranga
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Articles and websites we love:
• All you need is Contact and The contact hypothesis offers hope for the world. Discuss the idea that prejudice and conflict between groups of people can be reduced if members of the groups interact with each other. Decades of research demonstrate how, under most conditions, our views of people different from us become more positive as we spend more time with them. This simple and inspiring idea offers us solace and much-needed solidity right now.
• The ungrateful refugee: ‘We have no debt to repay’. Dina Nayeri examines the idea that refugees should shed their old identities and be eternally thankful once resettled. A child when she fled Iran as an asylum seeker and settled in the US, she shares her experiences of racism and the 'gratitude politics' of being a refugee and the expectations to perform in a certain way in order to be accepted in your new home.
• Groundwork: Facilitating Change. A site dedicated to creating positive change based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, helping us to understand our histories, and what effect these have on the world around us. Addressing injustice requires will and effort. It takes sweat and tears (sometimes literally)! The name Groundwork: Facilitating Change reflects a passion for supporting people who wish to dig beneath the surface to better understand historical and modern-day relationships in Aotearoa. Groundwork exists to support people who want to put in the effort to nourish a just and flourishing society.
• Belong Aotearoa. A non-profit innovation and social change hub working to address systemic barriers to settlement for newcomers, migrants and former refugees, in Aotearoa New Zealand.
• Check Your Pākehā Privilege. A space to share resources that help Pākehā understand how colonisation impacts Aotearoa, reflect on Pākehā privilege, and uphold responsibilities to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Podcasts we love:
• The Whakapapa Effect Show. A show that seeks to understand how and why whakapapa affects who we are today and who we might be in the future. Focused on lifestyle design and unpacking the process of how different people have designed the lives they lead today, underpinned by Māori ancestral knowledge.
• Conversations with My Immigrant Parents. In this Radio New Zealand podcast immigrant whānau across Aotearoa have frank conversations covering love, ancestry, home, food, expectation, and acceptance.
• Getting Here – Migration Stories from Kiwi Refugees. A Plains FM podcast series written and produced by four Christchurch refugees and Lana Hart. Reflecting on their journeys to New Zealand over many years, Zeinap, Mehdi, Shreejana, and Galawezh bring refugee experiences to life with first-person narratives of love, violence, separation, hunger, loss, and a search for one’s identity across two or more cultures.
• The Other Latif. Radiolab’s Latif Nasser always believed his name was unique, singular, completely his own. Until one day when he makes a bizarre and shocking discovery, that he shares his name with another man: Abdul Latif Nasser, detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay. This discovery leads Radiolab’s Latif into a years-long investigation, picking apart evidence, attempting to separate fact from fiction, and trying to uncover what this man actually did or didn’t do. Along the way, Radiolab’s Latif reflects on American values and his own religious past, and wonders how his namesake, a fellow nerdy, suburban Muslim kid, may have gone down such a strikingly different path.
• Domo Ni Bati: Voice of the Warrior. Diverse talanoa on topics from health to sport to community, celebrating Fijian and Pasifika culture, language, music and the stories of our people.
• Speak Up Kōrerotia. A radio show centred on human rights issues. Encouraging discussion on human rights issues prevalent in both Canterbury and Aotearoa New Zealand, Speak Up Kōrerotia offers a forum to promote the issues facing New Zealanders, providing a voice to affected communities.
• RNZ's Voices. Radio New Zealand’s podcast on people from diverse global backgrounds living in Aotearoa with stories spanning politics, society, identity, art and culture.
Books we love:
• 'Wish We Knew What to Say: talking with children about race' by Pragya Agarwal. We want our children to thrive and flourish in a diverse, multi-cultural world and we owe it to them to help them make sense of the confusing and emotionally charged messages they receive about themselves and others. This book gives scenarios, questions, thought starters, resources and advice in an accessible manner on how to tackle tricky conversations around race and racism with confidence and awareness. The science of how children perceive race and form racial identity, is combined with personal stories and experiences to create a handy guide.
• 'Old Asian, New Asian', by K. Emma Ng. This book shines light onto the persistence of anti-Asian sentiment in New Zealand. Her anecdotal account is based on her personal experience as a second-generation young Chinese-New Zealand woman. When Asian people have been living here since the gold rushes of the 1860s, she asks, what will it take for them to be fully accepted as New Zealanders?
• 'Migrant Journeys: New Zealand taxi drivers tell their stories', by Adrienne Jansen and Liz Grant. The taxi industry in New Zealand has become a microcosm of multiculturalism. Here fourteen migrant taxi drivers talk about their lives – where they came from and why they came here, what it was like to settle in New Zealand, how they got into the taxi business, and how they see this country and its people. And at the heart of these ‘migrant journeys’ lies the future of their family and children.
• 'This Pākehā Life', by Alison Jones. A timely and perceptive memoir from award-winning author and academic Alison Jones. As questions of identity come to the fore once more in New Zealand, this frank and humane account of a life spent traversing Pākehā and Māori worlds offers important insights into our shared life on these islands. "This book is about my making sense here, of my becoming and being Pākehā. Every Pākehā becomes a Pākehā in their own way, finding her or his own meaning for that Māori word. This is the story of what it means to me. I have written this book for Pākehā – and other New Zealanders – curious about their sense of identity and about the ambivalences we Pākehā often experience in our relationships with Māori." Alison Jones.
Videos, shows and films we love:
• Immigrant Journeys. A series of short videos filmed in Ōtautahi offering insight into the lives and experiences of a range of immigrants to Aotearoa New Zealand. These videos reveal the rich diversity that our most recent immigrants bring with them. Through their different skills, cultural backgrounds, and experiences they strengthen and add immense value this country.
• Behrouz. A feature documentary telling the story of Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist who fled the Iranian regime, seeking asylum in Australia in 2013. Transferred to Manus Island Detention prison, Behrouz spent six years in detention. His reporting and writings from the Manus detention prison, using a smuggled mobile phone, brought to international notice the horrific reality of life for detainees.
• Children of the Migration: Pacific Island immigrants to New Zealand. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage the stories of Pacific Island immigrants who came to New Zealand from the 1950s to 1980s, and changed the cultural landscape of Aotearoa, are told. Presented by David Sa'ena and actor Vela Manusaute, this humorous and moving documentary includes interviews with All Black Tana Umaga, boxer David Tua, actress Teuila Blakely, hip hop artist King Kapisi and poet Tusiata Avia. Fijian European Lala Rolls directs.
• Found. This Netflix documentary shares the story of three three girls adopted by different American families who find each other after DNA tests reveal them to be cousins, and travel to China in hopes of meeting their birth parents.
• Milk & Honey. Nominated for Best Short Film at the 2012 NZ International Film Festival, 'Milk & Honey' tells the story of a pregnant Samoan woman (Nora Aati) taken into custody by two police officers and denied a call to her husband. Set during the Dawn Raids of the mid 1970s, as police systematically raided the homes and workplaces of suspected Pacific Island overstayers.