Join us this Sunday, April 4th at 4 pm for the return of  Many Roads to Here, a production of The Immigrant Story, capturing the immigrant experience in the U.S. through monthly profiles. Voices from across the globe offer intimate accounts of immigration, war, genocide, and success. Listen live at 99.1 FM in the heart of Portland – or online anywhere at

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.

This episode was written by Allison Merkel. Rick March edited the audio, assisted by Gordon Graham. All music used in this episode was provided by Joe Kye. Our executive producer is Sankar Raman.

Original post written by Allison Merkel.