Distance makes the heart grow fonder. Hosts Alisha Sawhney and Al Donato bid farewell to listeners in the season finale of “Born And Raised: Love.”
The podcast ends its six-part series with stories reflecting on love, immigration, and loss: A bus route leads to a timeless romance, Vivian feels the pain of distance after coming out, and Ishani shares how her mom made holidays like Diwali so special.
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Meet the guests:
Phill Dwight Morgan grew up with a vague idea of how his parents met: a chance encounter on the 52 Leslie, a TTC bus route in North York, Ont. He takes his mom, Dawn, and the podcast team on that very same bus route to learn more about their love story; how it actually played out and what Dawn misses about Phill’s dad Emerson, who passed away 20 years ago.
When Vivian Kendal-Kong experienced prejudice after coming out as gay, she pulled away from her family and her faith. While the church was where Vivian’s family found refuge when they immigrated from Hong Kong, it wasn’t a safe space for Vivian to be her most authentic self. It took distance from her parents and discovering a new way to worship with her wife to bring Vivian back to her homes.
Ishani’s mom really tried to instil Indian pride in her daughter: ceremonial head shavings, enrolling her in Hindi school, the works! And her mom loved organizing extravagant Diwali parties. Even after she was diagnosed with lung cancer, Ishani’s mom never stopped living life to the fullest. Following her passing, Ishani and her family try to continue her legacy by putting a special spin on it.
Find out how Ishani is ringing in Diwali this year, by honouring her mother’s cooking and embracing what she can bring to the table.
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