Music: Thai National Anthem and John Lennon's Imagine.
Tak is a New Mainer and a global citizen. She was born and raised in Northeast Thailand but has lived in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cyprus and the Bahamas before making her home in Maine.
Tak is a Registered Investment Advisor and President of Tak Advisory, LLC. She does financial planning, estate planning, and investment management with a holistic focus for clients in the Portland area.
Diwali is the Hindu celebration of the New Year. It is a festival of lights held for five days during the darkest time of the new moon each autumn and celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, hope over despair.
Manasi Joshi returns to New Mainers Speak to share her memories of Diwali in India and Singapore as a girl, and talks about how the holiday is celebrated all over the world.
Music: Joi from the CD Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook: Star Rise Remixed. And from the 1961 movie Nazrana the closing song is Mile Hai Chirago Ke Rangeen Diwali Hain - Diwali Festival.
Kerstin was originally from outside Leipzig in Saxony, East Germany. She came to the US with her family for her husband's work in 1996 and became a US citizen last month. Kerstin holds the value of equality dearly and and is presently pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Health. She hopes to work with existing systems to improve access to health care for all Mainers and New Mainers, alike. Next month she will get to participate in an election for the first time since she left East Germany as a young mother.
Music: Intro is Sonderzug nach Pankow and closing music is Damals in der DDR.
Dec 16 Raphael Mabiala (DRC).