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One of the images in the photographic exhibition "Belonging [Hononga] [Pertencimento]". "Natsuko Petrucci, originally from Japan, came to New Zealand via Texas in 2003. She was employed by Massey University. Challenges that she faced at the beginning of her new life in New Zealand were understanding New Zealand English and making friends. She learned about New Zealand English by carefully watching televisions shows like Shortland Street. As for making friends, she has tried to volunteer and join social groups like Mah Jong and Square Dancing. Natsuko has now been in New Zealand over 18 years. She is comfortable here and active in the community." The exhibition reflects on the personal experience of the photographer, Aline Frey, as a migrant woman who chose Palmerston North as a new home for her family and herself. "Belonging" is a series of 10 portraits celebrating migrant women who made Palmy their new home. By allowing characters to share their narratives as they open their hearts to spectators, the exhibition focuses on a multiplicity of ethnicities and biographies. It follows migrant stories while giving a nuanced portrayal of the city's ethnic and cultural diversity. Above all, the exhibition aims to give visibility to migrants' diverse roles in PN society, as attendees can learn and better understand the challenges and achievements of each person's journey. Attendees are also invited to reflect back on their own whakapapa and family memories while making connections and recognising the city’s multicultural formation. The exhibition was organised by Palmeirinhos – Brazilian Heritage Group. All events organised by Palmeirinhos are open to the general public and have been attended by many members of different communities, as well as local kiwis. These Palmeirinhos events have been giving Brazilian children a sense of belonging to the new land that their parents chose to call home. Those children are learning to be proud of who they are and at the same time learning to respect and accept the cultural differences of this very diverse city.

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Object type
Image
Date
November 2021
Digitisation ID
2022BD_2022-5_038707
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Born Digital
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IMCA Digital Archive

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