Harmony Hub is a fortnightly radio program on Smart FM that celebrates diversity through music and interviews with our multicultural community. Last week on the program, listeners met Tina Dyer from Huai’an, China…
Huai’an is flat and the topography of Swan Hill reminds Tina of her hometown.
Tina feels at home here, as the people are very friendly, always saying hello on the street.
“In Huai’an we have the four seasons and it snows in winter. It’s very cold,” she said.
Tina is multilingual. She speaks Mandarin, English as well as her hometown dialect.
She enjoys Bollywood movies, which she watches with Mandarin subtitles. Her favourite actor is Amir Khan and some of her favourite movies are 3 idiots, Lagaan and Dangal.
Tina arrived in Swan Hill in 2017.
“I met a guy,” she said.
In 2012, Tina met Kirk in China on a bus and they started sharing stories. Both of them were in a different town and studying, and they shared many interests.
They were married and were blessed to have celebrated two weddings – one in China and another one in Australia. In China, she wore a red wedding gown and following on the tradition, she arrived to the wedding in a carriage that was carried by the best man. The groom was in front, on a white horse. In contrast, In Australia, she wore a white wedding dress and travelled in a car.
After they were married they made their home here in Swan Hill.
“Kirk’s parents live in Swan Hill and we moved to his hometown. There is so much space here”.
In 2019, Tina and Kirk welcomed baby Knox to their family. Tina sings songs and speaks to Knox in Mandarin, and wants him to grow up bilingual.
Tina has attended Harmony Day in previous years and wore a traditional dress from the Tang dynasty (imperial dynasty of China that ruled from 618 to 907).
She will once again share her history and family tradition at the 2020 Harmony Day and will cook traditional Chinese dumplings, her mother’s recipe.
The 2020 Harmony Day festival will be held at Riverside Park on Saturday, 28 March 2020, 4pm-8pm.