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 edited by Fran Silverman. 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.