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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

Changing the System from Within

11/10/2022
Chanpone Sinlapasai was born in Laos during a bloody civil war, and narrowly escaped to the US with her family at just four years old. Her experiences growing up in the United States have now propelled her into a staunch advocate of immigrant rights in her community. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with Portland Radio Project. This episode was produced by Natalia Lopez Audio editing was done by Gregg Palmer. Our executive producer is Sankar Raman....

Duration:00:22:32

War Doesn’t Stop in Iraq

10/27/2022
Ghaith Shahib fled Iraq as the United States prepared to invade his country. Instead of finishing high school, he left home on a harrowing journey across the globe in search of safety and a life away from conflict. It’s been years now since Ghaith has felt the confrontation of war in his daily life, but an unexpected incident in the relative comfort of the city he now calls home, brings a new perspective on what it means to be a victim of war. Many Roads to Here is expanding. We’re looking...

Duration:00:30:01

Here From the Very Beginning

10/14/2022
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri is one of the nation’s leading scholars of Islam in the United States. In this conversation, he sat down with writer and educator Flamur Vehapi to talk about the often ignored presence of Muslims in American history, from Revolution-era figures to Beyonce’s children’s names. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. Many thanks to Kambiz and Flamur for their time and wisdom, and to St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Beaverton, Oregon for allowing us to record...

Duration:00:29:55

It Is a Genuine Reconciliation

9/27/2022
Emmanuel Turaturanye was born and raised in a small town in Rwanda called Ngoma. His whole life he was taught by his parents to love and respect everyone, regardless of their background. At an early age, he learned that wasn’t true for everyone. Out of the 11 people in his household, he was one of three that survived when the Rwandan genocide took the lives of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis in the spring of 1994. Here is his journey of survival and forgiveness. Many Roads to Here is a...

Duration:00:34:09

There is Surviving and There is Living

8/31/2022
Saron Khut was only ten years old when he and his family fled the Khmer Rouge-led genocide in Cambodia. His mother’s strength and a key decision one scary night to take a risk for freedom has guided his sense of purpose ever since. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. This episode was written by Degen Larkin and Fran Silverman. Our audio editing was done by Degen Larkin assisted by Gregg Palmer and Richard March. Original music by...

Duration:00:30:54

That Little Girl Got a Shock

4/26/2022
Originally from Taiwan, Janet Liu's family spent years trying to build a home together in the United States despite restrictive immigration policies at that time. Janet had always wanted an opportunity to build a relationship with her father, who had left to study in the United States when she was only four years old. After six years, they were finally able to reunify and connect, until a single unexpected day shattered Janet’s family. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant...

Duration:00:30:38

I was a child of revolution

4/6/2022
Sara Houranpay describes herself as a child of the revolution. She grew up during the Iranian Revolution. Her family fled to the United States, hoping for greater freedom. But they instead found themselves again at the center of conflict, when the protests of summer 2020 threatened their family livelihood. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode was produced by Mae Ghylin with audio editing by Rick March and assisted by Greg Palmer. The original interview was...

Duration:00:35:20

Living In a Gilded Cage

3/22/2022
In the early 1900s, Rani Bagai’s grandparents arrived in California ready to start a new life. But citizenship requirements and prejudice against Indian-Americans made settling in more difficult. In this conversation, historian Johanna Ogden speaks with Rani about her grandparents’ fraught immigration history, anti-colonial movements on the American West Coast, and how the goalposts for American citizenship in the 20th century kept getting moved. Jo is an independent historian who focuses on...

Duration:00:36:20

Opera Was Never on the Radar

3/8/2022
Growing up in the bohemian beach town of Encinitas, near San Diego, California, Priti Gandhi showed early interest in music and performance. But she was a first born child in an Indian immigrant family that placed high value on job security, so a career in the arts was not even a consideration. In college, Priti signed up for voice lessons to counter the demands of her journalism courses. The moment her voice instructor introduced her to opera, her path in life changed. Many Roads to Here is...

Duration:00:24:36

This Is All of Me, and I Claim It All

2/2/2022
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 third episode are Dmae Lo Roberts and Patti Duncan, who talk about growing up mixed race in America, as well as the politics, terminology, and gender issues surrounding mixed race families. Dmae is a writer, media and theater artist and is the executive producer of MediaRites, a nonprofit...

Duration:00:48:31

A Resilient Daughter of the Arab Spring

1/18/2022
Rama Youssef was 12 years old when she left Syria, escaping violence caused by the beginning of the Syrian Civil War. But life didn’t get easier for Rama when she arrived in the United States. Conflict followed her from a young age and she had to learn how to overcome fear and trauma to create a new life. A content warning: this episode contains descriptions of war and violence that may be sensitive to some listeners. Many Roads to Here is a production of The Immigrant Story. This episode...

Duration:00:24:44

May Be Awkward, but It Has to Be Said

12/15/2021
Belise Nishimwe was 5 years old when she arrived in the U.S. She was born in a Tanzanian refugee camp, the daughter of genocide survivors. In 2007, her family moved to the United States as refugees. Their new home would be Portland, Oregon. In her first moments in the United States, Belise noticed a man writing. She was captivated by the movement of the pen. This pen would become a metaphor for Belise’s life. She would go from struggling to learn English to becoming an award winning poet....

Duration:00:21:06

Jewish Children Please Stand Up

12/3/2021
Leslie and Eva Aigner’s childhood were marked by horror. Born in different parts of Czechoslovakia as Nazi soldiers took hold, the two took very different paths to survival; both were saved by their families’ strength, shocking kindness by strangers at key moments, and their own inner audacity to survive. Leslie Aigner died in August of 2021. We are grateful to be able to share his story with you. To learn more about the Aigner’s experiences, read Elizabeth Mehren’s story “Miracles, Memories...

Duration:00:38:52

A Daughter of Two Countries

11/18/2021
Ricki was born in 1993 in Quzhou, China, but was adopted when she was four years old by a White American family living in Seatac, Washington. For the rest of her childhood, Ricki would be raised in SeaTac, Washington, with eight siblings. Her roots would eventually lead her back to China and her birth family in a series of life changing events. In this remarkable journey of self-discovery, Ricki learns to navigate her identity as a daughter of two different families in two different...

Duration:00:24:45

My brother came by stork and I came by plane

11/2/2021
Liani Reeves spent the first months of her life in an orphanage in Seoul, South Korea, before an American family adopted her. She describes her early years as those of a typical American childhood – she loved cats, building snow forts and playing outside with friends. But Liani was also very angry. She battled deep-seated fears of abandonment. And over the years, buried a mix of emotions while trying to make sense of so many identities –– as an orphan, an adoptee, an Asian-American, an...

Duration:00:18:57

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