International students still feel isolated, even when they form a new family with their friends in Australia, because nothing can replace their real family. Being an international student, I left my family and came to Australia to study. I now live with my boyfriend, who is also an international student, and here we’ve formed a new family. We’ve learned to be independent, but we also rely on each other to get through difficult times and we sometimes struggle to take care of ourselves.
This new environment unsettles us. Although we accompany each other, we still feel lonely. No matter how long we have lived in Australia, we still miss our own family. From this separation, we understand how important family is in our lives.
This series of photographs aims to build a rapport with the international students in Australia. It also aims to show the contradicting feelings of international students: we build a bond with our housemates, and form a family with them, but we always miss our own family.