This work is based on a spoken word piece by Jay about his own experiences with depression and loneliness.
By sharing his story of vulnerability with such courage, Jay hopes to let others going through similar things know that they are not alone.
“I thought this was a good opportunity to try new things and build my confidence because I find it hard to talk about my feelings. It’s been a good experience seeing how things work behind the scenes. I liked working on telling my own story and getting the support and encouragement to do it."
Listen by Jay Pops is presented as a part of Duniya Behter.
Duniya Behter is supported by the Victorian Government through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during Coronavirus (PRMC) program.
Jay Pops was born in West Samoa and grew up in New Zealand, where he was an active rugby player. He is currently studying in high school in Shepparton and loves to create video edits to dance music, inspired by an old school, hip-pop aesthetic and different vibes. Jay is exploring creativity as a way to express struggle and to search for belonging. He imagines a world where more Polynesian youths are empowered to share their experiences, whether happy or sad, in the hopes that others will listen and relate.
From 11 Aug 2021
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.