Ilana Pires came to Exeter from Brazil in 1998, with her then husband. She has three children and works as a Cultural Champion in Devon schools.
Ravi Nathwani and Myra Fonceca interviewed Ilana in her home in Exeter in February 2013. There are six extracts here. Read the summary transcript.
Ilana tells us of her first trip to England in July 1998 with her husband, and her first experience of English cuisine.
Ilana talks about her life as a Brazilian Mum in Exeter
Ilana talks about Portuguese language and cultural differences and the attitude of her husband’s family
Ravi asks her if she thinks England is better than Brazil
Ilana talks about the experience of living in a different culture, and the need for balance
Ilana talks about her children and how they see their identity (the oldest has 2 Brazilian parents, the younger two have an English father)