8 episodes

Hideo Higashibaba left the cult he was born into when he was 22 years old. The Unification Church, also known as the Moonies, was founded in Korea by a man named Sun Myung Moon who proclaimed he was the Second Coming of Christ. In Growing Up Moonie, Hideo asks people he grew up with what their childhoods were like and shares his struggle to make sense of his weird sheltered youth and the person he grew up to be. Edited and co-produced by Quinn Myers.

Growing Up Moonie Hideo Higashibaba

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9, 79 Ratings

Hideo Higashibaba left the cult he was born into when he was 22 years old. The Unification Church, also known as the Moonies, was founded in Korea by a man named Sun Myung Moon who proclaimed he was the Second Coming of Christ. In Growing Up Moonie, Hideo asks people he grew up with what their childhoods were like and shares his struggle to make sense of his weird sheltered youth and the person he grew up to be. Edited and co-produced by Quinn Myers.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Linhob ,

A personal and thoughtful journey

This podcast not only helped me to learn more about Moonies it was such a well told, personal journey. I appreciate all the time and effort that went into this and will be listening to it again. Thank you so much for sharing yours and others stories.

flower_of_NJ ,

O EM GE. to real

I did almost everything that they talked about, did STF, did Cheung Peung, did the blessing etc. I definitely relate to everything Hideo and this guest were saying. Felt like I lived a double life for most of my life since I was never really that churchy but I did all of the rituals cuz thats what you did if you lived in the east coast. Especially communities who lived close to east garden. Great to hear people coming out the other side "normal".

boutticious ,

This is wonderful!

I grew up a Moonie too, and this podcast is spot on. Actually Hideo, I babysat your older sisters a couple of times...
I left the church at 19, and went through an anguish very similar to yours. Took me a long time to gain footing. Great job.

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