Diaspora Stories Podcast

Diaspora Stories is a new podcast of stories and interviews with people who left home to make a new life someplace else; those who settled – first and subsequent generations; and those who came for a time and then returned.

 

Diaspora Stories is a podcast of stories and interviews with people who left home to make a new life someplace else; those who settled – first and subsequent generations; and those who came for a time and then returned.

Produced by  Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, AHSW Trustee and Consultant in Public Health.

Listen here – https://diasporastories.com/audio-narratives%3A-the-nhs

 ‘We were not immigrants’

I asked a family friend once about her experiences as an immigrant doctor in 1970s England. She paused at that question. I heard a steadying intake of breath over the phone. When she spoke again, it was with notes of both pride and reserve. ‘We were not immigrants,’ she said. ‘Do you understand? We were invited here, we were guests of the government. They needed doctors.’

– Ishani Kar-Purkayastha

Diaspora Stories represents a conscious decision to step away from the word ‘immigrant’ and the politics it embodies. It is a decision to step instead into the stories of those who have left their homes behind to find the many worlds beyond, into the stories of their children and their children’s children.

Diaspora Stories is also an aspiration to recast stories of migration in the truth and courage that they deserve.

Audio narratives: The NHS

Audio narratives: The NHS, is the first chapter in the podcast series which focuses on people who came to work in the NHS or Public Health.

The NHS has a long tradition of employing staff from overseas, with significant recruitment drives for clinical staff in the 1950s and 1960s.

More recently, government figures indicate that  nearly 14% of NHS staff say that their nationality is not British;  and just over 20% of NHS staff are from non-white ethnic groups.

In the first chapter of this podcast, Diaspora Stories would like to hear from those who have come from around the world to work in the NHS. It is their stories, and the stories of their families, their children and of subsequent generations that Diaspora Stories want to discover.

Diaspora Stories welcome contributions from anyone who has worked or is currently working in the UK healthcare or public health systems, in any role and from any diaspora, from those who made the journey a long time ago and those who have done so more recently.

Please get in touch via https://diasporastories.com/call-for-contributors  Diaspora Stories will work together to craft the stories you want to tell.

 

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