23 episodes

K-Pod, a production of KoreanAmericanStory.org, is a series dedicated to the stories of Korean Americans in arts and culture. Hosts Catherine Hong and Juliana Sohn talk to artists, writers, designers, directors, musicians, chefs and other creatives about their work, their lives, and how they came to forge their careers.

K-Pod KoreanAmericanStory.org, Catherine Hong, Juliana Sohn

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K-Pod, a production of KoreanAmericanStory.org, is a series dedicated to the stories of Korean Americans in arts and culture. Hosts Catherine Hong and Juliana Sohn talk to artists, writers, designers, directors, musicians, chefs and other creatives about their work, their lives, and how they came to forge their careers.

    Michelle Zauner | K-Pod | Ep. 23

    Michelle Zauner | K-Pod | Ep. 23

    Michelle Zauner is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who records dreamy, melancholic indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast. She’s also a talented writer whose debut book, a memoir titled Crying in H Mart, is being published by Knopf today! In it, she recounts her experiences growing up half-Korean in her mostly white town of Eugene, OR, her path to becoming a musician and her struggle to reclaim her Korean heritage after her mother’s early death from cancer. From her home in Brooklyn, Michelle talks to Catherine and Juliana about her idyllic childhood summers in Seoul, her tumultuous relationship with her mom, her channeling of grief into creativity and the importance of Korean role models in her life, from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen Oh to YouTuber Maangchi. Stay tuned to the very end, when she shares her favorite snacks and staples from H Mart!

    Photo credit: Peter Ash Lee
    Follow Michelle Zauner on Instagram @jbrekkie
    Follow K-Pod on Instagram @kpodpod

    Co-host, Producer, Photographer: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn
    Co-host, Producer, Editor: Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Production Manager: Jessica Park
    Audio Engineer: AJ Valente
    Executive Producer: HJ Lee

    • 42 min
    Edward Lee | K-Pod | Ep. 22

    Edward Lee | K-Pod | Ep. 22

    Edward Lee is the acclaimed chef of several restaurants in Kentucky and the DC area, most notably Louisville’s 610 Magnolia, where he first made his mark on Southern cuisine almost 20 years ago using ingredients such as gochujang and soy sauce aged in whiskey barrels. He won a James Beard award for his 2018 book Buttermilk Graffiti and he was nominated for an Emmy for his work hosting the PBS series Mind of a Chef. Lee is also the co-founder of a remarkable nonprofit called The Lee Initiative, which during the pandemic has been supporting restaurant workers, struggling farms and other communities in need. Catherine and Juliana talk to Edward about how growing up in Carnarsie, Brooklyn—where there were very few Korean Americans—shaped his palate and his identity. He also shares stories about Clay, the hip Korean restaurant he opened in New York in the late ‘90s, his recent guest appearance on Top Chef: Portland, and his newfound mission in life to help others.

    Follow Edward Lee on Instagram @chefedwardlee
    For more information on Lee Initiative or to donate, go to Leeinitiative.org

    Follow K-Pod on Instagram @kpodpod

    Co-host, Producer, Photographer: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn
    Co-host, Producer, Editor: Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Production Manager: Jessica Park
    Audio Engineer: AJ Valente
    Executive Producer: HJ Lee

    • 40 min
    Chang-rae Lee | K-Pod | Ep. 21

    Chang-rae Lee | K-Pod | Ep. 21

    Chang-rae Lee is the author of Native Speaker, On Such a Full Sea, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest novel, My Year Abroad, is a dazzling tale about an American college student whose life is upended when he travels to Asia under the wing of a mysterious Chinese American entrepreneur. From his home in San Francisco, where he’s on sabbatical from his position as a professor at Stanford, Chang-rae talks with Catherine and Juliana about overcoming the pressures of being “the first” well-known Korean American novelist, developing his early love of writing as a student at Exeter, and the way his mother’s early death from cancer at age 52 may have influenced his decision to pursue writing as a career. He also shares stories about his parents (we learn his mother was featured in Time magazine in 1956!) and his fond memories of the Korean church summer camp he attended as a kid.

    Follow K-Pod on Instagram @kpodpod

    Co-host, Producer, Photographer: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn
    Co-host, Producer, Editor: Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Production Manager: Jessica Park
    Audio Engineer: AJ Valente
    Executive Producer: HJ Lee

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    • 52 min
    Jim Lee | K-Pod | Ep. 20

    Jim Lee | K-Pod | Ep. 20

    Jim Lee is one of the most influential and revered figures in the world of comic books. The chief creative officer and publisher of DC Comics, Jim was born in Korea and immigrated to the States when he was nearly five. From Superman to Batman to Iron Man to Wonder Woman, Jim has drawn just about every superhero you can think of and holds the record for the best-selling comic book of all time, X-Men, #1. Jim tells Catherine and Juliana about his earliest childhood memories of life in Seoul; his lifelong obsession with drawing; his teenage years as a Korean American prep schooler; and the epic blowout he had with his parents when he announced he wasn’t going to medical school. He also shares his thoughts on the importance of representation in the industry and the possibility of Americans embracing an Asian superhero. Joining our co-hosts for this special episode is K-Pod audio engineer and Jim Lee superfan AJ Valente.

    Follow Jim Lee on Instagram @jimlee
    Follow K-Pod on Instagram @kpodpod

    Co-host, Producer, Photographer: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn
    Co-host, Producer, Editor: Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Production Manager: Jessica Park
    Audio Engineer: AJ Valente
    Executive Producer: HJ Lee

    • 41 min
    Carol Lim | K-Pod | Ep. 19

    Carol Lim | K-Pod | Ep. 19

    Designer Carol Lim has been at the leading edge of American fashion since 2002, when she and Humberto Leon co-founded the retail shop Opening Ceremony in downtown New York. She and Humberto went on to design their own acclaimed fashion collection, also called Opening Ceremony, and to become co-creative directors of Kenzo, a position they held for eight years. In January 2020, Opening Ceremony announced that it would be coming under new ownership and closing all its retail locations. In a Zoom call, Carol chats with Catherine and Juliana about the major changes at the company. She also shares stories about growing up in Los Angeles, her favorite dress in middle school (Benetton), her SAT scores, her famous friendship with fellow Berkeley classmate Humberto, and her belief in the value of nunchi (눈치).

    Co-host, Producer, Photographer: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn
    Co-host, Producer, Editor: Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Production Manager: Jessica Park
    Audio Engineer: AJ Valente
    Executive Producer: HJ Lee

    Follow Carol Lim on Instagram @carollim
    Follow K-Pod on Instagram @kpodpod

    • 40 min
    Margaret Cho | K-Pod | Ep.18

    Margaret Cho | K-Pod | Ep.18

    Margaret Cho needs no introduction. In 1994, the comedian was the first Asian American to have her own sitcom (All-American Girl, loosely based on her experience as a teenager growing up in San Francisco). After the show was cancelled, she returned to standup, where she built a reputation for her confessional, bawdy and subversive material, which targeted racism, homophobia, fat shaming, the entertainment industry, and most mercilessly, herself. From her Los Angeles home where she and her chihuahua, Lucia, have been sheltering during the pandemic, Margaret tells Catherine and Juliana about her minister grandfather, her dad’s deportation, becoming financially independent at age 18, a shaman’s surprising prophecy and her favorite K-dramas (Itaewon Class, Replay 1988, Mystic Pop Up Bar, Prison Playbook, Hospital Playlist, It’s Ok Not To Be Ok, Flower of Evil, Stranger 2).

    Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn & Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Editor: AJ Valente
    Producer: Jessica Park
    Executive Producer: HJ Lee

    Follow Margaret Cho on Instagram @margaret_cho
    Check out her podcast "The Margaret Cho"
    Follow K-Pod on Instagram @kpodpod

    • 36 min

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I first found this podcast because I am a big fan of Catherine Hong's book reviews. I originally listened to the episode with David Yoon because he and his wife Natasha are two of my favorite writers. I was absolutely immersed in their converstaion about creativity and the writing life, and in particular about his partnership with his wife. Hosts Catherine and Juliana have such a natural, seamless conversation style. I have since gone through and listened to many of the past episodes and I always come away feeling inspired and having learned something new to apply to my own creative life. This podcast is a great escape to listen to if I am feeling stressed, anxious or burned out. Whether or not you are Korean-American, this is a podcast not to be missed!

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