This is a podcast about Korean-American adoptees who return or repatriate to Korea to live and work in the country they were born in and separated from via international adoption. Funded by the US Fulbright program, the show seeks to educate the adoptive community, Korean people and the world at large about the experiences of these selected adult adoptees.
*Bonus* Richard Kim Talks About F4 vs. Dual Citizenship
Former Goa'l Secretary General Richard Kim talks to Kaomi Lee of Adapted Podcast about the pros and cons of the F4 visa vs. dual citizenship for Korean adoptees. Information heard here is subject to change. Consult an immigration attorney or the Korean immigration office for final word.
Season 4, Episode 25: Susan Gaeta
Susan Gaeta, originally named Lee Hyung ho at birth in her native Korea, 48, was adopted to the US as an infant. Today, she lives in Massachusetts and is a wife, mom and Lutheran minister. She's also bisexual and has a rare health condition. Hear how she's been able to find connection with others in various communities, and why as an adoptee, it's so important to her.
Season 4, Episode 24: Maree Kinder
In 2016, Maree Kinder, now 33, originally named Chang Ma Ree, quit her job in London and moved with her husband, Steve, to Seoul, to live for six months to search for her Korean mother. But disappointment and grief with her search had her turning to Korean beauty products as a way to numb the pain and connect to Korean culture. Now, her business, Beauty and Seoul, a Korean skincare retailer based in the UK, is celebrating its fourth year of success. Kinder shares her insights on Korea, her identity and what else she's learned along the way.
Season 4, Episode 23: Jessye Hale
Jessye Hale, 23, was adopted from Korea as a child and grew up in Wisconsin. Today, she finds herself back in her native country working as a cancer researcher. She also found her biological parents and has been learning how to navigate these new relationships.
Season 4, Episode 22: Allie De Lacy
Allie De Lacy, 25, was adopted from China to the UK at the age of two. Now married to a woman and living in Edinburgh, DeLacy talks about her experiences growing up in near racial isolation and the racism she has experienced and still does today, even more so in the past year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Listen as De Lacy shares how by researching her past, she discovered she knew even less than she had thought.
Season 4, Episode 21: Robert Lee
Robert (Calabretta) Lee, 35, was adopted from South Korea to an abusive home in the U.S. He survived a difficult childhood, first in Michigan and later in central New York, by moving out at age 16 and found hope from key friendships along the way and exposure to a nearby Korean church community in Ithaca, NY. His story takes some surprising turns, including at one point being told by Holt Korea his file contained nothing to reuniting with his family and discovering the shocking revelation that he had been trafficked.
Love the work and passion put into this by telling REAL stories about Korean American adoptees. There is something to learn and love about with each episode and can’t wait to listen to it all and for more to come! Great work
I’ve been listening to Adapted for over two years and it has been a welcome friend during my own adoption journey. I find solace in hearing unique but familiar experiences, and feel encouraged that so many adoptees are sharing their experiences.
An incredible work and glimpse into the different souls in the Korean adoptee community
Kaomi does a very poignant job of creating a meaningful experience for both interviewee and listener. Whether the listener is adopted or not, the story she weaves w her thoughtful emotional questions and her editing skills is an easy listen to vibe with and understand but will stay with you much longer as you process it in the days following. She is an original gangsta in the KAD community and an important voice in the community.