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Did you ever wish there was a podcast hosted by your two best friends who also happen to be adopted from Korea? Omg, this is it! Hana and Ryan, Korean adoptees from Melbourne, Australia, talk about anything and everything adoption related, including race, gender, birth family search and reunion, and more. A little bit silly, 100% honest.

Original podcast music by Domus.

Adopted Feels Hana and Ryan

    • Relazioni interpersonali

Did you ever wish there was a podcast hosted by your two best friends who also happen to be adopted from Korea? Omg, this is it! Hana and Ryan, Korean adoptees from Melbourne, Australia, talk about anything and everything adoption related, including race, gender, birth family search and reunion, and more. A little bit silly, 100% honest.

Original podcast music by Domus.

    Becoming a Parent for the First Time: Jess Walton on Adoption Research, Motherhood, and Connectedness

    Becoming a Parent for the First Time: Jess Walton on Adoption Research, Motherhood, and Connectedness

    In this episode, Ryan talks to Dr. Jess Walton, a Melbourne-based senior researcher, an author, a new mother, and a dear friend of ours. Jess shares openly and generously about her research, her new book (Korean Adoptees and Transnational Adoption: Embodiment and Emotion, Routledge 2019) and her experience of becoming a parent for the first time. We also discuss Jess's research on 'acting white,' adoptee emotional labor, racism, the important and often overlooked role of foster mothers, attachment, pre-verbal loss, and finally, the immeasurable joys of having a child.

    To learn more about Jess's research, check out: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/jessica-walton

    • 53 min
    Happy New Year! Wrapping Up 2019 and Getting Reflective (shucks, we can’t help it)

    Happy New Year! Wrapping Up 2019 and Getting Reflective (shucks, we can’t help it)

    In this short and sweet mini-pod, Hana and Ryan discuss their 2019s, hopes and goals for 2020, and the joys of running the podcast so far. Hana shares her NYE reflective prompts, her grand vision for 2020 (in the form of an animal, naturally!), and they both contemplate what 2020 might mean for their relationships with Korea. Also, stay tuned until the end for an exciting update from Ryan!

    Thanks so much to all our listeners for supporting us during our first year and we look forward to spending 2020 with you all! xx

    • 32 min
    Holiday Special: Self-Care, Burnout & Boundaries!

    Holiday Special: Self-Care, Burnout & Boundaries!

    Tune in to our conversation on self-care, burnout, stress, and the holidays - including references to (Hana’s wellness guru) Elizabeth Gilbert, the potential over-use of the metaphor of eggs in baskets and scared puppies, how self-care can also involve self-discipline, and the importance of identifying and legitimizing one's feelings. We also managed to sneak in unplanned discussions of Disney's Frozen 2 (spoiler alert!) and the K-drama thriller Tunnel (major spoiler alert!). Happy holidays everyone!

    References:
    Erynn Brook’s twitter thread on boundaries:
    bit.ly/erynnbrook

    Elizabeth Gilbert on Instagram:
    bit.ly/lizgilbertig

    Elizabeth Gilbert’s animal metaphor:
    bit.ly/careforyouranimal

    • 1h 12 min
    Healing Body, Mind and Soul: Hilbrand Westra and the Systemic Constellations Approach

    Healing Body, Mind and Soul: Hilbrand Westra and the Systemic Constellations Approach

    Hana sat down with Hilbrand Westra in Seoul, after participating in one of his workshops for adoptees, for an extended convo that goes deep into feelings. They talk about the systemic approach, core issues that adoptees face, the path to healing, the limitations of conventional talking therapy for some adoptees, working specifically with men, and more.

    [CW: This episode discusses adoptee suicide]

    Hilbrand is a Korean adoptee from the Netherlands, well-known in the international adoptee community for his activism and leadership over the past 30 years. After working in human resources management for big corporate firms, he encountered Systemic Work and Constellations, a multi-dimensional form of somatic psychotherapy that originated in Europe, and ultimately became a therapeutic practitioner in this method. He now conducts workshops, trains facilitators, and provides personal coaching, specialising in adoption, foster care, and migration issues.

    For more information about Hilbrand and the systemic approach, you can visit his website: http://www.adoptionconstellations.com/

    • 1h 26 min
    Opening Up About Our Families!

    Opening Up About Our Families!

    Although Hana and Ryan have discussed various topics so far on the podcast, they’ve shied away from talking about their adoptive families. In this episode they talk about the reasons why, about trying to protect their parents’ feelings, and what they do and don’t discuss with their parents. They also reflect on what it’s like talking on community education panels to adoptive parents, and give their two cents on what younger adoptees need from their parents.

    P.S. Stay tuned til the end to hear Ryan’s special request to Seoul-based listeners!

    • 43 min
    Nine Years Later: Long-Term Birth Family Search & Processing the First Trip Home Experience - An Interview with Alyson Yost

    Nine Years Later: Long-Term Birth Family Search & Processing the First Trip Home Experience - An Interview with Alyson Yost

    A friend and podcast listener recently pointed out that many of our episodes talk about search and reunion, especially now that both of us have reunited. But of course not all adoptees who start a birth family search reunite, and not all adoptees want to search in the first place. In light of National Adoption Awareness Month, we wanted to expand the narrative to include the experiences of adoptees who search unsuccessfully over an extended period of time, and whose journeys are equally important. Hana chats to her old friend Alyson Yost, who shares generously about her birth family search, and offers some personal tools, guidance, and a longer-term perspective.

    Alyson Yost is a Korean adoptee from Hershey, Pennsylvania. She works as a Registered Nurse and she has two children who are 5 and 7. Since participating on GOA’L’s First Trip Home program in 2010, she has been actively involved in the adoptee community. She administers a few adoptee groups and pages on Facebook and she is active in her local adult adoptee groups “Korean Adult adoptees of Central PA” (Shout out to them!) and “Ta-ri”. Recently Alyson became a member of the advisory council for The Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (aka KAAN) and she has presented numerous times at their yearly conference, on various topics including adoptee milestones, parenting, relationships, stereotypes and microaggressions.

    • 47 min

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