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The Divided Families Podcast aims to provide a platform for connecting stories of family separation.

For updates, follow us on Instagram at @DividedFamiliesPodcast, and contact us at dividedfamiliespodcast@gmail.com

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The Divided Families Podcast aims to provide a platform for connecting stories of family separation.

For updates, follow us on Instagram at @DividedFamiliesPodcast, and contact us at dividedfamiliespodcast@gmail.com

    Ep. 31 | Writing a Transracial Adoption Story for an Audience with Nicole Chung

    Ep. 31 | Writing a Transracial Adoption Story for an Audience with Nicole Chung

    Nicole Chung is a writer, the Editor-In-Chief of Catapult Magazine, and a Korean transracial adoptee, raised by a white family in Oregon. In her bestselling memoir, All You Can Ever Know, Nicole describes the process of searching for her Korean birth parents, which happened in tandem with the birth of her own child. In confronting her childhood and reevaluating the messages around adoption she had absorbed growing up, her memoir examines themes of belonging and connection.

    In this conversation, Eugene talks with Nicole about her changing understanding of family and whether it's possible to have closure on emotionally fraught experiences. They also discuss it means to publish one’s personal narrative for public consumption, where others can look to it for guidance and comfort but also pass judgement on the intimate emotions of an author’s life.

    Transcript: https://dividedfamiliespodcast.medium.com/writing-a-transracial-adoption-story-for-an-audience-with-nicole-chung-cb3ae8a06967

    Buy All You Can Ever Know at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781948226370

    For updates, follow us on Instagram at @DividedFamiliesPodcast, and contact us at dividedfamiliespodcast@gmail.com

    This episode was edited by Katherine Moncure.

    Ep. 30 | Climate Change and the Marshall Islands with Tyler Rivera

    Ep. 30 | Climate Change and the Marshall Islands with Tyler Rivera

    In this episode Eugene catches up with Tyler Rivera, a close friend who had recently returned from a five month fellowship conducting research regarding climate change in the Marshall Islands. Like many other island states, the Marshall Islands are at the frontlines of dealing with the consequences of rising sea levels. Listen to learn more about what it means to preserve your culture when the concept of land is so integral to it, and how, in the face of overwhelming odds, the Marshallese people are leading the fight against climate change.

    For updates, follow us on Instagram at @DividedFamiliesPodcast, and contact us at dividedfamiliespodcast@gmail.com

    Transcript: https://medium.com/@dividedfamiliespodcast/ep-30-climate-change-and-the-marshall-islands-with-tyler-rivera-84cd1fb95ff1

    Ep. 29 | Online Activism in the Uyghur Diaspora with Halmurat Uyghur

    Ep. 29 | Online Activism in the Uyghur Diaspora with Halmurat Uyghur

    Halmurat Uyghur is a Uyghur activist and physician based in Finland. In 2017, after his parents were sent to one of the Chinese government's "re-education camps" in Xinjiang, he began to campaign for Uyghur rights and was among the first to stand up and openly talk about his parents’ arbitrary detention. Halmurat has used social media to promote his cause through hashtag campaigns like #MeTooUyghur, which has created a platform for Uyghurs to document their own personal cases of missing family members and spread awareness.

    In this conversation from June 2020, Paul speaks with Halmurat about his search for his own parents and how it sparked his journey toward online grassroots activism for others in the Uyghur community whose families have been separated by the Chinese government's policies.

    Transcript: https://medium.com/@dividedfamiliespodcast/online-activism-in-the-uyghur-diaspora-with-halmurat-uyghur-7c37db62e114

    Learn more about his organization at https://uyghuraid.org/
    Follow Halmurat on Twitter @HUyghur

    For updates, follow us on Instagram at @DividedFamiliesPodcast, and contact us at dividedfamiliespodcast@gmail.com

    This episode was edited by Katherine Moncure.

    Ep. 28 | From Uyghur Studies to the Xinjiang Victims Database with Hanna Burdorf

    Ep. 28 | From Uyghur Studies to the Xinjiang Victims Database with Hanna Burdorf

    Hanna Burdorf is a PhD candidate in Uyghur studies at Newcastle University. She has worked on the Xinjiang Victims Database, which aims to document ethnic-minority (namely Uyghur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Hui) who have been held at camps in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. In this episode, Eugene asks Hanna about the general situation in Xinjiang and her experiences working on the issue in-person and from abroad.

    Xinjiang Victims Database: https://shahit.biz/eng/

    For updates, follow us on Instagram at @DividedFamiliesPodcast, and contact us at dividedfamiliespodcast@gmail.com

    This episode was edited by Katherine Moncure.

    Ep. 27 | Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue with Miki Dezaki

    Ep. 27 | Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue with Miki Dezaki

    Miki Dezaki is a recent graduate of the Graduate Program in Global Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. He is also known as "Medamasensei" on Youtube, where he has made comedy videos and videos on social issues in Japan. In this episode, Paul speaks with Miki about Shusenjo, his directorial debut, and how the issue of comfort women is seen by different groups in Korea, Japan, and the US. He also presents invaluable insights into understanding our national histories and the implications of moral and legal responsibilities for redressing past wrongs. This conversation was recorded in May 2020.

    Shusenjo is now available on Amazon, Apple TV, Vimeo, and DVD. For more information about the film, visit the website: https://www.shusenjo.com/

    For updates, follow us on Instagram at @DividedFamiliesPodcast, and contact us at dividedfamiliespodcast@gmail.com

    This episode was edited by Maggie Deagon.

    Ep. 26 | "When a Family Separation Becomes Permanent" with Chris Outcalt

    Ep. 26 | "When a Family Separation Becomes Permanent" with Chris Outcalt

    In this episode, Eugene sits down with freelance journalist Chris Outcalt, who published a piece in The Atlantic in August 2020 titled "When a Family Separation Becomes Permanent." The article can be found here: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/08/ice-family-separation-death/614335/

    Eugene asks Chris about his process of writing the piece, which details the story of Idrissa Camara, an immigrant from West Africa living in Colorado who lost his wife while being detained by ICE. Afterwards, the two discuss the various facets of family separation, which can include issues of mental illness and have broader effects on a community such as trust immigrants' trust in public resources.

    For updates, follow us on Instagram at @DividedFamiliesPodcast, and contact us at dividedfamiliespodcast@gmail.com

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