Masako Fukui’s From the Pearlers to the Bankers, the almost forgotten history of the Japanese people in Australia has won the GOLD Award in the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Program Awards 2015 in the Information/Documentary-History category.

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From early settlers who were acrobats, pearlers or prostitutes to more recent Japanese-Australians like bankers, the Japanese people have been both welcome and ostracised in Australia. This intimate and sometimes painful history is an important story for multicultural Australia.

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