A podcast that explores the experiences of Korean-American adoptees who return to live or repatriate to Korea as adults. Adoptees talk candidly about their reasons for returning and reflect on the challenges they face and on what they discover about Korean society and themselves.


  • Season 3, Episode 19: Daniel Kang Yoon Nørregaard

    04/05/2020 Duration: 44min

    This week, we'll hear from Daniel Kang Yoon Nørregaard, 33, adopted from Korea to Denmark at three months old, he talks about growing up in a predominately racially white environment, leaving his adoptive country to study design and eventually settling down in London. Though his career has been his focus, lately he's realized there are parts of himself that he's been disconnected from. And through his life experiences to date, he's been able to learn and explore his roots in a way that is meaningful for him right now. 

  • Season 3, Episode 18: Saschia Ryder

    20/04/2020 Duration: 01h23min

    Growing up in the English countryside in a middle class family and attending private schools and later a boarding school, already would have set Saschia Ryder, 48, apart from many others with less-privileged backgrounds in the U.K. But she was also adopted from Korea --and like many transracially-adopted Koreans -- grew up in predominately white environments where she began to feel increasingly uncomfortable and invalidated through the years. Ryder talks about how she's been able to do some healing and come to terms with her own story, and the revelations that have followed. 

  • Season 3, Episode 17: Kurt RuKim

    06/04/2020 Duration: 01h04min

    Kurt RuKim [he/him], 34, was adopted from Korea and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His identity has evolved over time, from living in predominately white spaces to embracing his authentic self as an Asian male and claiming his own body, being a dancer and racial equity activist and ally for others. RuKim also shares some of his experiences and observances being part of an interracial couple (Asian man and black woman), and resisting stereotypes and assumptions. 

  • Season 3, Episode 16: Sooki Jalali

    22/03/2020 Duration: 01h21min

    Sooki Jalali, 56, was adopted from Korea at the age of 12 or 14. She's not sure, and her paperwork gave her a different name and birth date, making her at least several years younger. Jun Sukja would take on a new name and identity in the U.S., but her new life often didn't seem like an escape from her old one in the orphanage. As a first wave internationally adopted Korean, she grew up in a small town in the Midwest where no one had seen a family like hers before. Ultimately, she learned to rely on herself and her own determination and self-care to help her find the path she is on today. 

  • Season 3, Episode 15: Cameron Lee Small

    08/03/2020 Duration: 01h37min

    Cameron Lee Small, 39, originally named He Seong Lee, was adopted from Korea at the age of two by white parents and grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. But he was never interested in knowing more about his native country or exploring his own feelings about being transracially adopted. But that changed in his 20s. Today, Small is a licensed therapist who specializes in helping transracially adopted adults and children, their parents and families, to grow in their journey and to acknowledge the complexities inherent in transracial and transnational adoption. 

  • Season 3, Episode 14: Wayne Kangas

    24/02/2020 Duration: 52min

    Korean adoptee Wayne Kangas, 34, grew up in a small town in remote and rural northern Minnesota. He spent his childhood trying to fit in -- by excelling in sports and trying not to draw too much attention to himself academically. Kangas got a chance to experience Korea right before graduating from college more than 10 years ago and how he found a family there that helped root him to his native country. But it was to northern MInnesota and his Finnish-American family where Kangas would return and raise a family of his own. 

  • Season 3, Episode 13: Jon F. Jee Schill

    11/02/2020 Duration: 44min

    Jon F. Gee Schill, 33, has been helping to build and sustain the Korean adoptee and Asian-American communities in the Twin Cities for several years. But it might surprise you to learn a little more about his back story, growing up in Oregon and Idaho, and his feelings towards Korea and his adoptee identity. 

  • Season 3, Episode 12: Shawyn Lee

    28/01/2020 Duration: 01h11min

    Navigating multiple identities like being queer and a Korean adoptee has been interesting, says Shawyn Lee, 41. "We're quick to throw people in boxes," says the Duluth, Minn., resident. But the labels aren't always accurate and don't allow people full visibility. In this episode, Lee talks about the complexity of identity, relationships, owning up to your truths and why adoptee voices matter. 

  • Season 3, Episode 11: Emma Wexler

    13/01/2020 Duration: 56min

    Emma Wexler, 22, is a Vietnamese adoptee who grew up influenced by the experiences and writings of Korean adoptees, who dominate many transracial adoptee-focused spaces. This college senior has had to do a lot thinking about identity and race, intercountry adoption and privilege, religion, socio-economics, race and child displacement. Wexler explains that she's always felt her family was different from others and has learned how to navigate stigma and judgment to form an identity that is all her own. Wexler has learned and taken inspiration from Korean adoptees but now also wants to make a case for strengthening inclusion within the overall adoptee community. 

  • Season 3, Episode 10: Mila Konomos

    27/12/2019 Duration: 51min

    Korean-American adoptee Mila Konomos, 44, has spent a lifetime pondering the meaning of family, first as an adopted child to white American parents stationed on military bases in places such as Japan and the Philippines, later meeting her biological Korean parents to becoming a mother to bi-racial children in the U.S. But neither her adoption nor reunion with bio family has brought her a sense of wholeness. Now a performance artist, social and racial justice rights activist, partner and mother, this episode explores how Konomos' life experiences has shaped who she is today. 

  • Season 3, Episode 9: Ben Coz

    14/12/2019 Duration: 01h10min

    Son of a Korean haenyo, the storied female free divers, and a single mother, adoptee Ben Coz, 30, also plunges depths in adoption activism in Korea. You'll hear how his politics are inextricably linked to his personal life, and how early trauma and loss has influenced his call to action. 

  • Season 3, Episode 8: Sarah MeeRan Cave

    29/11/2019 Duration: 01h01min

    What do you do when you become an adopted parent's caregiver and there might be unresolved issues related to your childhood and adoption? Sarah MeeRan Cave, 33, shares some of her story of caring for an aging parent, her relationship with music and teachers along the way, and how it has all ultimately help her to find the path to her own healing. 

  • Season 3, Episode 7: Sharon Jung

    17/11/2019 Duration: 01h16min

    Sharon Jung, 37, is on a redemptive journey. Adopted from Korea at the age of four, Jung, along with her twin sister, would learn devastating details about the separation from their first family and what the adoption agency did to make that happen. It led them down a path to the wrong family. Jung also experienced abuse and mistreatment in her adoptive family, which spiraled into despair and drug abuse. But through it all, Jung's story is about finding how to love even when you feel unworthy of it, and of how her twin never gave up on her. 

  • Season 3, Episode 6: Taneka Hye Wol Jennings

    02/11/2019 Duration: 47min

    Taneka Hye Wol Jennings, 34, works towards social justice and immigrant rights as the deputy director of Hana Center in Chicago, Ill. She also uses that passion to advocate for the Korean adoptee community through organizations like KAtCH in Chicago and others. Listen as Jennings steps out of her comfort zone to share some of her reflections as an adoptee, daughter and partner. 

  • Season 3, Episode 5: Nicole Chung

    19/10/2019 Duration: 37min

    This week marks the release of "All You Can Ever Know" by Nicole Chung on paperback. Chung, 38, sat down for an interview earlier this year during the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network conference, where she gave the keynote. Her book, published by Catapult, is a memoir of her life growing up as a Korean transracial adoptee and how she navigated coming to terms with her own identity while struggling to make sense of how the outside world wanted her to feel. 

  • Season 3, Episode 4: Jon Maxwell

    04/10/2019 Duration: 52min

    LA-based filmmaker and Korean adoptee Jon Maxwell had once struggled to put a lens to his own adoption story in a way that felt satisfying. But he found that by helping to tell the stories of other adoptees, his own came more into frame. Listen as he shares his own story about adoption, career and fatherhood. 

  • Season 3, Episode 3: Greg Monroe

    20/09/2019 Duration: 48min

    What do you do when your adoption agency stonewalls and lies to you? Greg Monroe, 27, didn't give up his search and after many trips to Korea and hard conversations, he was able to reunite with his birth family. But the reunion didn't come with rough parts, for himself and for all those he cares about. He shares what it's like to slowly become a stranger's son. 

  • Season 3, Episode 2: Cindy Wilson

    06/09/2019 Duration: 51min

    Korean adoptee and self-described "southern belle" Cindy Wilson, 43, shares a fascinating story of her life growing up in the Deep South, adopted transracially by African-Americans and navigating identity, belonging and being true to herself. 

  • Season 3, Episode 1: Julie Yackley

    26/08/2019 Duration: 45min

    Julie Yackley's path to motherhood was not a common one. But then again, this 33-year old Korean adoptee has faced many challenges that perhaps might uniquely qualify her for her current role as a mother of two children -- one she shares a biological connection with, and the other, a transracial adoptee one. A blogger and author, Yackley shares her very personal story on the podcast about how her feelings of abandonment and grief of losing two mothers has shaped how she approaches being a mother herself.  

  • Season 2, Episode 25: Mayda Miller

    13/05/2019 Duration: 43min

    Mayda Miller, 34, is a Korean adoptee and fronts her namesake rock band in the Twin Cities. From Incheon, South Korea, Miller was adopted to Minnesota spent a lot of her youth competing in sports and classical piano competitions but later found her true calling to create funk and blues influenced-influenced rock music. Miller's story includes meeting her Korean biological parents and living with complicated emotions about them and Korea as a result. 

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