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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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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

Language:

English


Episodes

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