Na Slovensku aj po anglicky: Claudia Alner

Text Jeremy Hill

Claudia Alner’s life weaves a captivating blend of Vietnamese heritage and Slovak culture, reflecting her unique journey from childhood in Slovakia to her multifaceted adulthood.Full Episode Above

Cultural Fusion in Early Years

Raised in Slovakia by Vietnamese parents, Claudia’s formative years embody the seamless blend of two distinct cultures, exploring the challenges and joys of growing up in a Vietnamese household while embracing Slovak traditions.

Delving into Claudia’s parents’ migration from Vietnam to Slovakia in the 1980s, the narrative unfolds the collaborative tapestry between Socialist Vietnam and Eastern European countries, showcasing resilience in building a life in Slovakia.

Navigating the complexities of cultural integration, Claudia shares insights into her family’s experiences in a society not always open to minorities, finding strength and solidarity in their shared Vietnamese identity.

Claudia candidly discusses moments of feeling different during her early school years, emphasizing her resilience and positive outlook that guided her towards a smoother integration into Slovak society.

Social Dynamics and Relationships

The story illuminates Claudia’s social life, friendships, and relationships, highlighting her experiences of acceptance and camaraderie in Slovak society, fostering positive connections during her school and adult life.

Professional Journey and Social Impact

Claudia’s impactful professional journey, particularly her work at Globsec and involvement in political campaigns, showcases her commitment to making a positive impact on Slovak society, both socially and culturally.

Exploring Claudia’s experiences as a “banana kid” — a term for second-generation Vietnamese individuals in Slovakia — the narrative delves into her efforts to balance her Asian heritage with a European upbringing culminating in a podcast. In her show, Bananove Deti, Alner deconstructs this Vietnamese experience with various guests.

Family, Future, and Cultural Legacy

Reflecting on her family’s legacy and envisioning her role in shaping Slovakia’s cultural landscape, Claudia emphasizes the importance of unity and understanding within the Vietnamese community, underlining her aspirations for the future.

Claudia Alner’s life stands as a testament to the resilience of individuals navigating diverse cultural landscapes. From her early years in Slovakia to her impactful career and commitment to social causes, Claudia embodies the spirit of cultural integration and positive change, contributing to Slovakia’s evolving cultural tapestry.

Thank you to my guest Claudia Alner. You can listen to her podcast Bananove Deti on any podcast app.

Theme song: Cristian Estrella – 25 cóndores índigos rumbo a Marte (intro version) . You can find Cristian’s work online at:

Na Slovensku aj po anglicky is the podcast of Jeremy Hill who in 2020, eleven years after he arrived in Slovakia, came up with the idea for the show. In it, he shares interesting and important stories, mostly from the perspective of migrants living in Slovakia.

The podcast is financialy supported by [fjúžn]/Nadácia Milana Šimečku

Thank you also to ⁠⁠⁠Kult Minor⁠⁠⁠.

Realized with the financial support of the Fund for the Support of the Culture of National Minorities

Realizované s finančnou podporou Fondu na podporu kultúry národnostných menšín

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