Name: Angela Turzynski-Azimi
First arrival in Japan: 1989
First arrival in Australia: 1998
Angela Turzynski-Azimi first arrived in Japan as an English teacher in the 1990s. Having studied Japanese language and literature at London University
in the UK, she was keen to learn real Japanese by living among the locals. The last thing she expected was to meet and fall in love with an international student from Iran
. His work later took them to Melbourne, Australia, where their child was born. When their son was three years old, they had the chance to live in Japan again – this time as a family. The three of them felt very much at home in Japan but Angela had growing concerns about the way their son was treated at school. It was the issue of what kind of education they want for their son that brought the family back to Australia, where Japanese remains their home language.