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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, 62 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
62 Ratings
62 Ratings
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.

Don@mac ,

Meh

Things I don’t like about this podcast.

1) the things discussed by the host and her VERY few guests are really cult like more like people who grew up in and strict religious household. IE there are many people in the world whose parents don’t want them to marry outside their religion.

2) this podcast is the host talking about me me me me me me me me, interview guest for a few seconds and then a little more about me.

3) they sound like whiners. “Oh my mom and dad fought a lot because they were moonies.” No they fought so much because parents fight a lot. The stuff they’re talking about is obviously painful to them and I’m sure affected their lives but it isn’t cult stuff and that’s why I wanted to listen to this podcast, to hear about growing up in a cult.

4) the host is very charming and has a great personality but they emphasize the wrong words IN sentences.

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