14 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. Episodes are released every 2 weeks on Tuesdays at 8AM EST.

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

    • Visual Arts
    • 5.0, 22 Ratings

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. Episodes are released every 2 weeks on Tuesdays at 8AM EST.

    Ashley Park | K-Pod | Ep. 14

    Ashley Park | K-Pod | Ep. 14

    Ashley Park is a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-nominated musical theater actress who has dazzled Broadway audiences with her performances in Mamma Mia, Sunday in the Park With George, The King and I and Mean Girls. She has also appeared in Netflix’s Tales of the City and off-Broadway in KPOP and Grand Horizons. But Park didn’t waltz her way into stardom without struggle. As a teenager in Ann Arbor, she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, necessitating eight months in the hospital. Ashley tells Catherine and Juliana about how her passion for performing fueled her recovery and shares some of the secrets to her success.

    Follow Ashley Park on Instagram @ashleyparklady

    Follow K-Pod on Instagram @kpodpod
    Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Editor: AJ Valente
    Producer: Jessica Park
    Executive Producer: HJ Lee

    • 26 min
    KangHee Kim | K-Pod | Ep. 13

    KangHee Kim | K-Pod | Ep. 13

    Visual artist KangHee Kim, best known as @tinycactus on Instagram, uses Photoshop to transform images of everyday street scenes and apartment interiors into surreal dreamscapes, all featuring portals into dreamlike worlds. On a visit to KangHee’s home and studio in Queens, Catherine and Juliana learn that the artist’s very distinctive work is directly connected to her status as a DACA recipient, which has prevented her from leaving the U.S. for over a decade. These images of “surreal escapism,” as she refers to them, have since become a form of visual therapy and have been called emblematic of today’s digital aesthetic.

    Follow KangHee on Instagram @tinycactus

    Follow K-Pod on Instagram @kpodpod
    Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Editor: AJ Valente
    Producer: Jessica Park
    Executive Producer: HJ Lee

    • 23 min
    Eunjo Park | K-Pod | Ep. 12

    Eunjo Park | K-Pod | Ep. 12

    Eunjo “Jo” Park is the executive chef at Kāwi, the fine-dining Korean restaurant opened by David Chang’s Momofuku restaurant group in New York City. Jo is at the forefront of a growing group of chefs putting modern Korean food on the map. After culinary school at CIA she climbed the ranks in some of the best kitchens in the country, including Daniel, Per Se and Momofuku Ko. She tells Catherine and Juliana about her childhood in rural Korea, learning to cook for herself while her parents ran a dry cleaners, a devastating injury early on in her career, and the challenges lying ahead.

    Follow Jo Park on Instagram @eunjoful
    Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Editor: AJ Valente
    Producer: Jessica Park
    Executive Producer: HJ Lee

    • 34 min
    Juliana & Catherine | K-Pod | Ep. 11

    Juliana & Catherine | K-Pod | Ep. 11

    Welcome to Season 2 of K-Pod! For our opening episode, we’re turning the tables on the show’s co-hosts, writer Catherine Hong and photographer Juliana Sohn. The longtime friends chat with the founder of KoreanAmericanStory.org, HJ Lee, about their first meeting (at summer school in the 1980s!), their work for magazines, and what’s most surprised them about doing the podcast.

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

    • 25 min
    Young Huh | K-Pod | Ep. 10

    Young Huh | K-Pod | Ep. 10

    For our season finale of K-Pod, we interviewed Young Huh, one of the most sought-after interior designers in the country. Young is known for creating stylish interiors based on classic proportions, luxurious materials and an understanding for how people live. By all measures, 2019 was a banner year for Young: her room at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House was the talk of the New York design world and she was named to Elle Decor’s A-list. Catherine and Juliana find out what it’s like working at the top ranks of the industry; how she gets results from contractors without being a screamer; and all about her “miserable” slog through law school before finding the courage to defy her parents (her dad’s famous words: “Lawyer is better!”) and pursue a creative life. This is the final episode of K-Pod season 1! Thank you to all our listeners for tuning in every week and giving us your positive feedback. We will be back in 2020 with season 2 with even more great stories from Korean American creatives. Please email us at k-pod@koreanamericanstory.org with your suggestions and comments!

    Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/o1VOcG4CxSE

    Follow Young Huh on Instagram @younghuh
    Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Executive Producer: Hj Lee
    Editor: AJ Valente

    instagram.com/kpodpod
    youtube.com/koreanamericanstoryorg

    • 43 min
    Jenny Kwak | K-Pod | Ep. 9

    Jenny Kwak | K-Pod | Ep. 9

    Jenny Kwak put Korean food on the map when she opened the restaurant Dok Suni in New York's East Village in 1992 when she was just 19. Later, she opened a second successful restaurant, Do Hwa, where Quentin Tarantino was famously an investor. Catherine and Juliana catch up with the pioneering chef-restaurateur at her new Brooklyn restaurant, Haenyeo, where she’s flexing her creativity with dishes like cajun-inflected dduk boki. Jenny talks about her thwarted plans to be a painter; the rollicking early days of Dok Suni; her ambivalence about celebrity chef culture and her close relationship with her mom (who still keeps her kimchi recipe a secret, even from Jenny).

    Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/bd6haUYcmDM

    Follow on Instagram: @haenyeobk @jennyk.bk
    Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
    Executive Producer: Hj Lee
    Editor: AJ Valente

    instagram.com/kpodpod
    youtube.com/koreanamericanstoryorg

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Choiboy312 ,

Mosaic of ideas and feelings

Loved the second episode with Ji Lee! This episode touched on so many topics that created a mosaic of ideas and feelings within me.

Passion and creativity from ones upbringing was great to hear.

Also loved hearing about father son relationships and the backstory behind Drawings for my G’children

Lastly I Would love to hear more stories about Korean Brazilians, as I studied abroad there almost 30 years ago and had a life changing experience.

Thanks for the great podcast!

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