Izzy Young I was born and raised in New Zealand and have lived quite a ‘kiwi lifestyle’ all my life, with a few Asian quirks and traditions growing up (but I didn’t realise they were different until I went on school camps). My parents were born in New Zealand too, and their parents moved when … More Growing Up As An Asian Kiwi | Part 4
Jenny Cho I was born in South Korea and when I was four, my mom, younger brother and I came to stay in New Zealand (Originally planned to stay for a year until I was due to start primary school in Korea), but mom and dad ended up loving here so much, we stayed! I … More Growing Up As An Asian Kiwi | Part 3
Carol Wild My name is Carol, born in Taiwan, grew up in New Zealand and now living in the UK. I’m a wife, daughter, granddaughter, cousin, friend and homo sapien. I’m an ex-dancer, ex-fencer, ex-choirer and ex-cheerleader – no, we did not have pom poms, and no we didn’t chant – but I can knock you … More Growing Up As An Asian Kiwi | Part 2
Our stories and experiences connect us with one another, no matter what our backgrounds are or where we were born and raised. We all have stories to tell, share and there is so much that we can learn from one another. I’ve met Asian Kiwis that have families who have been here for generations, those … More Growing Up As An Asian Kiwi | Part 1
This is a thought that’s been on my mind, ever since I’ve been curious to discover more about my cultural roots. I’ve wanted to take a DNA test, but have been hesitant to do so. My family background originates from China, with my grandparents originating from Shanghai, Hunan and Xiamen. My parents and one grandparent … More How Do You Identify Yourself?
Everyone has a different experience growing up, and we have a mixture of cultures in New Zealand. This is sort of a continuation of thoughts and experiences from my previous post here. A little background about me is that I was born and raised in New Zealand, and spent most of my life living by … More Growing Up As An Asian In New Zealand