New Season

The Asian population is the fastest growing ethnic group in New Zealand. According to the latest Census figures, New Zealand’s Asian population rose 50 per cent from 238,176 in 2001 to 355,000 in 2006, making Asians 9.2 per cent of the total population. By 2021, the Asian population is predicted to number 14 per cent of the total New Zealand population.

Asia Downunder 2008 will reflect the growing size of the Asian population and the diversity within it. The show examines what Asian New Zealanders think about and why; where and what Asian Kiwis eat; what is popular with Asians; and what Asian New Zealanders hope for in their new home.

This year, Asia Downunder reporters will also take viewers on a journey through some of the most popular Asian destinations for the first time on the show. Find out what to do and see in these countries, what makes these Asian countries exciting, and what makes our Asian Kiwis homesick.

Melissa Lee, the producer of the show, says: “Asia Downunder is about why Asian people do what we do, when, where, how and with whom. It isn’t just a television programme but a bridge connecting our diverse communities – to promote better understanding.”

Sunday 2 March, 8.30am on TV1

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