This book contains a series of interviews with fourteen migrant taxi drivers working in various New Zealand cities. The drivers talk about their lives, their aspirations, what it was like to come to New Zealand and how they view the people and culture of Aotearoa .
Some drivers are refugees, some just shifted here – but all hope for a better life in this country. They want to maintain their own culture, but also desire to be part of a newly forged Kiwi identity. They come from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Iraq, Samoa, Serbia and Somalia.
One can’t help but be impressed by the stoic determination and bravery of these drivers, who have overcome so many obstacles to live and work here. Some have professional backgrounds in their home countries and can’t use their skills here in equivalent jobs. Some have escaped the horrors of war and oppression. All are positive, contributing and hard – working
This book is written in an easy, conversational style. Each driver interview is carefully introduced by Jansen and Grant so the reader has a little background scaffolding to work with.
Read “Migrant Journeys” and see the person behind the taxi wheel with fresh eyes!
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