In today’s episode, we talk with author Li Quaites! Li talks to us about growing up half-Barbadian and half-Korean, her initial forays into the Korean and Adoptee communities, and her new book, Faith and Favor: Discovering Family at Fifty. She shares about finding her biological brother via DNA testing and how that discovery led her on a journey culminating in a trip back to Korea for the first time.
A little later, Li joins us for coffee-adjacent snacks! Is this even Korean?!
In this episode we talk about:
- Holiday Traditions and Announcements: 0:00
- Li’s Adoption Story, Growing Up in the Black Community, & Forming Her Identity: 18:39 (of interview mix)
- Li’s Trip to Korea, G.O.A.’L, & Being Mixed-Race in Korea: 32:34 (of interview mix)
- Journey to a Memoir and Reckoning with Korean Identity: 40:38
- Coffee Go!!: 1:08:40
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We’re three Korean-American Adoptees spread out around the country and each of us are at different stages in life. We’ll talk about the Korean-American adoptee experience and learn more about our shared culture, usually with food. And it won’t just be the three of us; each week we’ll have other adoptees from all over the world joining us to talk about what makes us similar and what makes us unique. So join the party!
// Meet the Janchi Boys!
Nathan was adopted from Seoul and raised in a small town in Oklahoma by a loving family and adopted sister. After college in Colorado he later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a digital media career and eventually started 2 photography companies. He has a wife and 3 kids and has reconnected with his biological family in 2014.
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Patrick was adopted from Seoul and raised in a small(er than Nathan’s) town in Indiana. After dropping out of college, he travelled around, working a variety of jobs before co-founding the All Times Are Local Foundation with his adopted sister in Chicago. He currently lives in Indianapolis with his fiancé and is 7 seconds into his journey of exploring his Korean-American adoptee identity.
- Website: http://www.alltimesarelocal.org
- LinkedIn: http://linkedin/in/patrickarmstrong219
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KJ was adopted from Daegu and raised in Dallas, Texas with his two biological, older siblings and his younger sister, adopted from Russia. He graduated from Greenville College and has served as the Worship & Creative Director at Schweitzer Church in Springfield, Missouri since then. He is married, with no children (yet!), and has been on his journey of discovery since 2015.
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