The Janchi Show is a podcast for and by Korean adoptees. Hosts Nathan Nowack, Patrick Armstrong, and KJ Roelke share their own unique journeys into discovering and learning more about their Korean identity through conversations with each other and guests. Each episode they'll also try a Korean snack or drink! Join us each week and follow us at @janchishow across all social platforms.
038 (SOLO) // History of Kimchi with the Korean Culture Dictionary
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys continue their journey through the Korean Culture Dictionary! This week finds the guys talking about Kimchi. We learn some history. We learn some fun facts. We learn that the average Korean consumes about 48 pounds of Kimchi per year (and that’s a declining trend!).
Got stories or fun facts about kimchi? Holla at us on our social medias!
037 // Korean meets Italian with Katie Cadamatre of Tigerboom Creative!
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Katie Cadamatre of Tigerboom Creative and talk about connecting to Korean culture as adoptees! Katie shares her adoption story, growing up on the east coast, and traveling to Korea. She also talks about the origins of Tigerboom Creative and what she’s got in the works for the future!
Later, we don’t have food! WHAT.
036 // Take a trip down tangent lane (and Korean Culture Dictionary Book Club)
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down to talk about the next section in the Korean Culture Dictionary: The Language! We learn who invented hangul and the relationship between the Korean language to Chinese and Japanese. We also go off on wild tangents about Star Wars, what we’re drinking, and Nathan’s move to Colorado; you know, just your typical Janchi solo show.
This week, we’re trying a new format. Listen and find out why/what/who/when/where/heyooooo!
035 // Liz Kleinrock (@teachandtransform), Makkú and Lunar!
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Liz Kleinrock from the Instagram account @teachandtransform and talk about all things adoption. Liz shares her story and the journey she took from growing up in DC to reckoning with her identities and how each of those unique things intersect in some powerful ways. She also talks about how that journey has influenced her work in education, translating her experiences into a perspective-based learning environment for her students.
Later, we get DRUNK.
034 // Korean Names (pt. 2), adoptee parenthood and Asian American Christianity (ft. Zac Luben!)
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Zac Luben and talk about growing up in the Bay Area, but not in the diverse areas you might be thinking of. Zac also shares about the intersection of faith and adoption and how that has played a significant role in his journey thus far.
Later, we try Crown’s Cheese Tart crackers! THEY GOOD!
033 // Korean Names, adoptees who adopt, and Crown's Couque d'Asse (ft. Jennifer Holcomb Patel)!
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Jennifer Holcomb and talk about her incredible story of an adoptee turned adoptive parent and how she got from point A to point B. She also talks about what it was like to engage with the community for the first time and how she went from adoptee to adoptive parent. Not only is it powerful, but this conversation is necessary.
Later we try some snacks. Spoiler alert: they’re good?
Just discovered your podcast, enjoy all the discussions on the show. I was adopted at 3 and grew up in a small Missouri town growing up. I started becoming interested in my culture thru my college years and am proud to be Korean American. Great to know there are a lot of us Adoptees out there.
1/4 Korean adoptee can relate!
I’m a 1/4 Korean, domestically adopted person raised by white people. Like many of the interviewees I have always struggled with feeling like a ‘real Korean’ jokingly referring to myself as a ‘fake or honorary Korean’ growing up and never knew any other Korean or transracial adoptees. It’s been so refreshing to find this podcast. A lot of the things I’ve struggled with as an adoptee and part-Korean person are talked about in the podcast. We’re not alone. It’s great to feel like part of the community, even via podcast.
I just started my journey and I am absolutely loving this podcast!!! Is giving me so much insight into things I should think about, things that I should try to do, and how to connect. I literally started my journey probably about a month ago. I find myself relating to most of the people who are interviewed, along with the hosts!! Even if you are not an adoptee but you know somebody who is you can absolutely relate to what is happening in this podcast.