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Many Roads to Here

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Many Roads to Here brings the voices of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to a national conversation about migration and identity.

Many Roads to Here brings the voices of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to a national conversation about migration and identity.

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United States

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Many Roads to Here brings the voices of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to a national conversation about migration and identity.

Language:

English


Episodes

We Need a Willed Remembering

8/10/2021
Welcome to Many Roads In Conversation, where we look deeply at issues affecting communities within the United States. This inaugural series focuses on the roots of anti-Asian violence. Joining us for the second episode are Peggy Nagae and Chris Ling, who talk about major civil rights cases and legislation in American history. In this episode, we will hear two voices in dialogue, talking through major cases in the Supreme Court and how legislation has affected Asian-American civil rights,...

Duration:00:36:27

A Modern Day Odyssey

8/3/2021
Farzad Larki was born in Iran prior to the Revolution. He grew up in a comfortable middle class family, but when the Shah was overthrown, everything changed. Between 1979 and 1996, Farzad, his parents, and his siblings all emigrated to the U.S., though each family member traveled a very different path. Farzad’s journey was the longest. From Southern Iran to Portland, Oregon, Farzad’s voyage spanned eleven years and six countries. He traveled by foot, donkey, car, and plane. There were many...

Duration:00:28:49

The Hard Way is What Saves You

6/30/2021
In middle school, Yamini Rajan dealt with bullying, isolation, and a sick parent. Her mental health suffered, and destructive habits and self-harm nearly ended her life. As she healed, she committed to telling others about her story. Now Yamini helps start conversations about mental health in immigrant communities. A note to listeners: this episode contains references to suicide and self-harm. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with Portland Radio...

Duration:00:18:04

Leave Home and Don’t Come Back

6/11/2021
Reza Uddin was born in the epicenter of the Burmese government’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims. For the first years of his life, Reza wasn’t aware of the institutionalized discrimination against the Rohingya. And then, when Reza was in high school, the Burmese government began denying citizenship to its Rohingya population. When he graduated college, Reza’s father gave him a piece of advice: leave Burma, and don’t come back. The Rohingya refugee crisis is ongoing. There...

Duration:00:18:25

Where Are You From?

5/4/2021
It took Dr. Elizabeth Flores through high school, college, and medical school to really understand herself. Born in America, raised in Mexico, her identity is wrapped up in both places. As it turned out, the physical United States was never her final destination. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with Portland Radio Project. This episode was written by Stephanie Vallance and Emily Denny. Our audio editing was done by Kent Randles, assisted by Gordon...

Duration:00:24:03

The Silence is Really Loud for Me

4/13/2021
Introducing Many Roads in Conversation, where we look deeply at issues affecting ethnic and migrant communities within the United States. This inaugural three-part series will focus on the roots of anti-Asian violence. Joining us for the first episode of the series are Jennifer Fang, director of education at the Japanese American museum of Oregon, and Eliza Canty-Jones, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. In this conversation, they talk through the issues raised by recent hate crimes...

Duration:00:31:42

I Can Survive Anything

3/31/2021
Tsering Dolma was forced to interrupt her life twice, first, when she had to flee Tibet for Nepal when the Chinese took control and then again when her father made a decision she didn’t know about. But she never gave up on a desire to advance her education even while living her life in exile in the U.S. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with Portland Radio Project. This episode was written by Degen Larkin and Fran Silverman. Our audio editing was...

Duration:00:15:01

I Never Thought That Could Be Me

3/2/2021
Joe Kye fell in love with music in elementary school. But becoming a career musician was never on the table. After arriving in the U.S. from South Korea, Joe was expected to pursue a life of stability and recognition. Pursuing passion required money, connections, and a secure immigration status— all things Joe did not have. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with Portland Radio Project. This episode was written and produced by Allison Merkel and...

Duration:00:26:14

My Community Sustains Me

2/9/2021
Ruth Zuñiga grew up in a rural, evangelical Christian town in Costa Rica. Both restricted and supported by her community, she eventually set out on her own, becoming a psychologist and professor in the U.S. Her commitment to serving others, and to her family, led to unexpected new connections in Idaho, Alaska, and Oregon. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with Portland Radio Project. This episode was written by Caitlin Dwyer, and Monica Salazar. Rick...

Duration:00:31:04

There is still work to do

1/6/2021
Divine Irambona loves to challenge herself. Maybe because her life was a struggle from the moment she was born. Her mother died shortly after giving birth to Divine, in a Tanzanian refugee camp. She grew up walking miles to get to school and faced horrifying prejudice when she immigrated to the U.S. To get to where she is today, Divine has turned to instincts and courage to survive, as well as the promise of her name. Irambona, or “to be seen,” given to Divine as her mother’s final wish,...

Duration:00:27:17

Say Goodbye to All Your Problems

12/15/2020
It’s 2010 and Johana Amani is 10 years old. She is speeding through the Congo in the middle of the night on the back of a stranger’s motorcycle. She and her mother and younger sister fleeing from domestic abuse and the political influence of her father. As they flee, Johana’s mother looks back at her two young daughters and says, “Look through the mirror and say goodbye to all your problems.” Although Johana Amani’s struggles did not end here, she has embraced her story with courage. She has...

Duration:00:24:39

In Search of Blue Jean Dreams

10/15/2020
Growing up poor in the mountains of Romania, Anna Giurgiev dreamed of a young man in strange blue pants. She didn’t know that this dream boy was her future husband, clad in denim, a fabric she had never seen. She didn’t know that their lives would be restricted by Romanian communism, or that he would try to defect without telling her. She didn’t know they would be separated for months and watched by police. She did not know that she would become a nurse and raise their children in the United...

Duration:00:25:25

There Is a Hopeful Tomorrow

10/2/2020
Things were going well for Jenny Munezero in Portland, Oregon. She was working in a rewarding career and engaged to a man she adored. But as the two families moved forward with wedding plans, and worked out the details of her dowry, Jenny found herself struggling to keep up with the details of the Burundi customs. Two months after she was born there, war broke out. Her parents, fearful for their lives in the genocide, fled, leaving Jenny behind. Much of how she survived still remains a...

Duration:00:24:55

When I’m Playing, I’m Just Heat

8/27/2020
The first time Denzel Mendoza came out as undocumented he was on stage in front of a crowd of strangers. That night, he didn’t just play his trombone, he let out the raw emotions of doubts, fears and hardship that had followed him throughout his life, letting himself be truly seen, for the first time, at this random jazz house show in Portland. After that night, life began to move quickly. A few years later, Mendoza shared his undocumented identity publicly once again, but this time the...

Duration:00:40:46