Welcome Home. We are ALL One.
Here is a collection of family immigrant stories from across our human experience.
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I'm extremely honored to be featured on Deepak Chopra's new album & book: HOME | Where Everyone is Welcome. I perform the clarinet on the track "Father" inspired by Deepak's father Krishan Chopra who was a medical doctor. And whose son became a preeminent physician in the United States.
HOME highlights the important point that we are ALL immigrants living together in America, which is so relevant to what's happening these days.
On April 9, 1978, my mother and father, with their five young kids, departed Seoul, Korea, and arrived at Chicago's O'Hare airport. My mother studied Korean literature in college and my father majored in economics. My father's real passion was playing the clarinet, but being a musician was an unrealistic career for boys to pursue during the post-war industrialization period in Korea. During the 70’s when many were immigrating to the U.S., my parents also looked to America to carve out a brighter future for their five children. After settling into the suburbs of Chicago - and working at various factories - my father eventually found time to play his clarinet once more. He taught me to love this wonderful instrument, and I will always cherish my fond childhood memories of listening to my father playing his favorite tune, "Danny Boy”.
I'm so grateful to be part of this project and thank you for allowing me to share a bit of my story.