Shayda’s Dad, Amir, is an Iranian immigrant. His story is captivating, raw, and full of emotional moments that have been shared recently on a podcast called The Hopeful, on the Frequency Podcast Network.
In total transparency, I didn’t listen to The Hopeful before my conversation with Shayda. I wanted to be able to speak with her entirely about her perspectives on her Dad’s story and what being the daughter of immigrant parents has been like without knowing anything about the story in advance. I wanted my reactions to be as authentic as possible. After we recorded, I downloaded the five episodes that had released up to that point, and sat in on the Watch Party for the finale on Monday. To say I’m blown away by the work that went into this podcast is a massive understatement. I could hardly find the words to describe how quickly I fell into this story and the vulnerable recount of Amir’s life.
Shayda and her friend Portia worked incredibly hard to put this piece together. You’ll hear about some of the massive efforts in the conversation today, but Amir’s voice sharing his own stories in The Hopeful makes the podcast series incredibly moving!
Today’s episode is about Shayda’s perspectives and her story within her Dad’s story. Shayda shares about her life growing up as the daughter of immigrant parents, navigating her own identity, and her own personal struggles and successes. We talk about the pressures faced while growing up, prioritizing mental wellbeing, and intergenerational trauma.
I’m eternally grateful for the time with Shayda, and hope you enjoy the episode!
The Hopeful on Instagram: @thehopefulpodcast
The Hopeful Podcast on Frequency: https://frequencypodcastnetwork.com/podcasts/the-hopeful/
The Hopeful Podcast on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-hopeful/
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