Episodes

019 // Li Quaites + CoffeeGo!

Dec. 23, 2020

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 F…

018 // JaeRan Kim + Neoguri Cup Noodle Soup!

Dec. 16, 2020

In this episode, we sit down with Dr. JaeRan Kim to learn about her origin story, how a chance encounter led her to finding her KAD tribe, and why she is so passionate about foster care and adoption research. She also join…

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

Dec. 9, 2020

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…

016 // Reflections + Haitai's Peanut Crunch Snack!

Dec. 2, 2020

In today’s episode, the Janchi Bois GET INTO IT. We reflect on 2020’s National Adoption Awareness Month and the show’s past episodes. It’s a moment to catch our breath after the awesome party that was episode 15.

015 // LIVE! + Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 25, 2020

We do our very first live recording of an episode! We have a *ton* of guests on the show and talk about our favorite snack foods and what we're grateful for in the past year.

014 // Noonchi Company & Popping Corn Chips

Nov. 18, 2020

In today’s episode, we welcome the founders of Noonchi Company, Tae Aderman and Noori Ali! Our first time two-guest interview, Tae is a Korean Adoptee from Daegu who grew up in Colorado while Noori is a third-culture kid who…

013 // Happy Pepero Day (with Jinna Lee)!

Nov. 11, 2020

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Jinna Lee, founder and moderator of the Facebook group. Jinna shares about being adopted to Minnesota and navigating the challenges intercountry adoptees face as the super-minority among p…

012 // Glenn Morey + King Whale Crackers!

Nov. 4, 2020

In today’s episode, we have Glenn Morey on the show! Glenn is a documentary filmmaker whose project, Side by Side, has gone from 100 video vignettes to a video art exhibit, a 16-minute op-ed piece by the New York Times, and …

011 // Melody Lorts + Onion Flavored Rings (양파링) + Election Talk!

Oct. 28, 2020

In today’s episode we welcome Melody Lorts, fellow Korean-American Adoptee, nurse (thank you, Melody!), and disc-golfing Oregonian! Melody shares about her life growing up in Oregon, connecting with Japanese culture, and eve…

010 // Rebecca Armstrong + Banana Milk & Margaret Cookies!

Oct. 21, 2020

On today’s show, we celebrate reaching 10 episodes with special guest Rebecca Armstrong! Rebecca shares what it was like growing up with Patrick and how she understood her non-white identity early on. She also talks about en…

009 // Liat Shapiro + Milkis (밀키스) by Lotte

Oct. 14, 2020

In today’s episode we speak with Liat Shapiro: a linguist, KAD, harpist and much more! Liat tells us about growing up in Boston as the eldest of five Korean Adoptees, homeschooling, and how a little more compassion and love …

008 // Nick Messersmith + Oh Yes! Cakes

Oct. 7, 2020

In today’s episode, we talk to Nick Messersmith—a Korean-American adoptee from Iowa and master of Taekwondo. Nick shares about growing up in Iowa and how his parents’ desire to help him retain part of his Korean culture led …

Episode 007 // Dan Matthews + Babambars!

Sept. 30, 2020

In today’s episode, we speak with Dan Matthews, the hip-hop artist known as akaDan and fellow Korean-American Adoptee. Dan elaborates on the story of his reunion with his birth family, making the wildly popular documentary d…

006 // MinJu Park + Kosomi Crackers!

Sept. 23, 2020

In today’s episode, we speak with MinJu Park, a non-adopted Korean who is on a similar journey of cultural discovery. MinJu shares about her time at international school, learning four languages and being a Korean outside of…

Episode 005 // Brandon Zegarski + Korean Teas

Sept. 16, 2020

In today’s episode, we speak with Brandon Zegarski, a lover of music and host of his own YouTube show! Brandon talks about his arrival day, growing up in New Jersey, and going back to Korea on the same trip as KJ. He shares …

004 // SooJin Pate + Choco-Pies!

Sept. 9, 2020

In today’s episode, we chat with SooJin Pate—professor, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consultant and podcast co-host! SooJin shares her adoption story, growing up in Minnesota and the emotional journey back to Korea…

003 // K.J. Roelke

Sept. 4, 2020

In today's episode, we wrap up the "Meet The Host" series with the final third of the Janchi Boiiisss: K.J. Roelke! We talk about his family, traveling the world at a young age and his passion for music. We also try Soju for…

002 // Patrick Armstrong

Sept. 3, 2020

In today’s episode we speak with Patrick Armstrong, president and co-founder of the All Times Are Local Foundation and one-third of the Janchi Boiiisss! Patrick talks about growing up in the Midwest, his rap career that he l…

001 // Nathan Nowack

Sept. 2, 2020

In today's episode we speak with Nathan Nowack, a professional photographer and one-third of the Janchi Boiiisss! We talk growing up in Tulsa, OK, finding his biological family, and finding love in Los Angeles with a fellow …

000 // Welcome to the Janchi Show!

Aug. 31, 2020

Welcome to the Janchi Show! Janchi Show is a podcast for and by Korean adoptees. Hosts Nathan Nowack, Patrick Armstrong, and KJ Roelke share their own unique journeys into discovering and learning more about their Korean ide…