Indian Australian Diaspora - a snapshot of the migration experience.

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01 July 2013 12:30 pm

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Many of the Indian migrants who settled here in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s are now senior citizens. How was their migration experience at that time? How do they feel society has changed? And what are their thoughts about the future of the indian community? This documentary interviewed fifty senior indian citizens from around Australia and presents and summarises their responses. Interviewees selected were aged 65 years and over, living abroad for 20 years or more and were predominantly from the Maharashtra region or background. This project took nearly 3 years to complete.

1.5 hours ( 90 mins)

Communication Objectives:
. To draw on my own personal observations of the struggles and challenges faced by my own family as they settled into Australia during the 1960s.
. To capture an oral history of the experiences of a generation of Indian immigrants who are now approaching the end of their lives.
. To provide an understanding of these early immigration experiences and the subsequent changes over the past half century that will provide valuable insights for the younger generation and their descendents.

Interpretive approach:
The interviews have been presented in 3 parts, addressing a range of questions and issues, and grouped into the following structure:


Initial impressions of Australia

Cultural differences between India and Australia

Challenges faced by the early immigrants


Careers chosen and studies undertaken

Societal changes over the past half century

The situation faced by younger Indian Australians


Ageing issues and recommended improvements for the elderly

The future of the Indian community in Australia

Personal background:

As a child growing up in the 60s and 70s, I saw the struggles and challenges faced by my family, as with any new migrants. Now, as their generation is getting old, I felt it was important to document and preserve their collective experiences, before that generation is no more. From my research, I believe this type of documentary has not been done before. It is an independent, self-funded film, without any sponsorship nor is part of any research program.

Producer/Director/Writer/Interviewer : Mrs Vandana Joshi

Bio of Vandana Joshi: Having a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Graduate Diploma on Information Systems, I have over 30 years experience in the Australian Public Service working in IT and Quality Assurance. While I am new to filmmaking, without a lot of broadcast experience, the driving force was the importance of documenting this piece of history.