Journey of an Adoptee – Part III

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Young P, adoptee and oblivious. I don’t mean to say you’re oblivious in a negative context. As a young child, you’re not readily processing the fact that you’ve been removed from your birth country, birth parents, and birth culture. You aren’t thinking about how people look at you differently or how those differences are already being packed away in the … Read More

Journey of an Adoptee – Part II

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#AdoptedTerritory by Eleana J. Kim has had a profound impact on my life. From these pages, two terms really stuck with me: adoptee kinship & contingent essentialism. Adoptee kinship is the unspoken bond that adoptees, transracial and transactional especially so, share with each other. A quote from an unnamed adoptee sums it up best: “It’s a bittersweet thing to know someone … Read More

019 // Li Quaites + CoffeeGo!

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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?!

Journey of an Adoptee – Part I

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As another step forward on my journey, I want to briefly share some thoughts and some never before seen photos: These pictures were taken at the “Maternity Delivery Clinic” where I was born in Seoul. According to documents that I’ve been going through, I was named Kim Yung Jin by one of the nurses or social workers after I was … Read More

017 // Tom Bugansky + 오징어 (Peanut Balls)!

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In today’s episode we sit down with Nathan’s friend, Tom Bugansky: plastic surgeon and fellow Korean adoptee! Tom shares his adoption story with us, as well as his experience living in KoreaTown, LA for the past 15 years. He also talks about how Dan Matthew’s akaDan documentary inspired him to eventually do a birth search of his own, and how 2020 was the right time to do that.

Later on, Tom joins us for Haitai’s Peanut Balls! The package tells a story and that story is crazy. Stick around!