Australians from migrant backgrounds share first impressions of Australia

06 January, 2015 by IF

Media Release

In the lead up to Australia Day, SBS World News asks prominent Australians from migrant backgrounds about their first impressions of their new country. 


‘Day One’ is a series of news vignettes airing each night this week during the 6.30pm SBS World News bulletin that shines a light on what it means to be Australian.

SBS World News anchor Anton Enus is invited into well-known Australians’ homes to hear stories of their migration to Australia, starting tonight Tuesday, 6 January with much loved Aussie chef Adam Liaw. 

Liaw came to Australia from Malaysia when he was three-years-old because his parents wanted to seek better opportunities for their kids. They picked Adelaide because it was the sister city of Georgetown in Penang, where Adam was born.

Liaw tells Enus that as young boy he was immediately taken with the differences in Australian and Malaysian food presentation, influencing his future career.

On Wednesday night, host of SBS’s Made in Italy Silvia Colloca describes how an invitation to spend Christmas in Australia with her then boyfriend (and now husband) Richard Roxburgh led to a permanent move.

On Thursday ‘Mr Football’ Les Murray, describes his family’s acceptance in Australia after fleeing Communist Hungary in the 1950s:

“My father leaned across to me in the bus and says, 'Aren't these Australians wonderful, the way they're welcoming us.'"

Chef Poh Ling Yeow finishes the week sharing images of her earliest days in Australia.

The ‘Day One’ stories begin tonight, Tuesday 6 January, with Adam Liaw on SBS World News at 6.30pm on SBS ONE, and continue throughout the week.