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.
027 // Asian American Hate + Orion's Peach Gummies
In this week’s very special episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys chat about the spike in Asian American hate crimes that escalated at the start of the pandemic. We can’t stay silent about this, and as Korean Adoptees, we’ve got some extra hot takes coming your way.
Oh, and we try Orion’s Peach Gummies at the end. Our verdict? They chewy!
026 // Nick Capicotto + Crown's White Heim!
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Nick Capicotto and talk about what it was like growing up in Buffalo, NY and what Whiting Out means. Nick also shares how he’s recently starting coming out of the fog, engaging with the adoptee community, and what steps he’s taken so far.
Later we try White Heim from the Much Addict subscription box. Spoiler alert: THEY GOOD!
025 // Pt. 1 Jordan VanHemert + Lotte's Kancho!
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down for part one of a two part series with Jordan VanHemert! Jordan is a professor of music at Hope College in Michigan and a jazz saxophonist extraordinaire. We talk to Jordan about growing up in rural Michigan and his first eye-opening experiences of being Asian-American and an adoptee. He also shares how Charlie Parker took him down the path to jazz and what it means to represent in the spaces you find yourself in.
Later, Jordan joins us for chocolate covered biscuits aka Lotte's Kancho (칸초) + Hello Panda! They’re good, they’re great, and dare we say, delicious?!
024 // Learning Korean + PORORO Churros!
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down and have a chat about learning Korean—what their experience has been like, the tools they’ve used and their dreams for Korean in the future.
After the break, we dive into Munch Addict’s Korea Snack Box and try out Pororo...CHURROS?! Aren’t these a Mexican dessert?!
023 // Lauren Sharkey + Sweet Potato Shaped Snack!
In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Lauren Sharkey, author of the book “Inconvenient Daughter” and talk about her adoption story, becoming a writer and the power behind adoptee-created content.
A little later, we try CosMos’s Sweet Potato Shaped Snack from Munch Addict’s Korean Snack Box. Is there even sweet potato in this thing?!
022 // The Janchi Family
In this week’s very special episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys take a backseat and pass the mic to their partners! Emily, Allison and Sara sit down with producer Jerry Won to chat about what it’s been like watching the Janchi Boys come out of the fog and journey together into understanding their Korean American Adoptee identities.
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Honest Dialogue Natural Chemistry = Compelling Podcast
The Janchi Show is a classic example of everything that makes the podcast medium worth pursuing. The show has three excellent hosts in Patrick, Nathan, and KJ, who have a natural chemistry which leads to contagious excitement. The dialogue is honesI, and even the most challenging topics are approached in a way that draws the listener in. The Janchi Show is a show for and by three intrepid Korean American Adoptees, but that does not limit its appeal. The Janchi Show consists of uplifting storytelling that uses the adoptee lens to share about the human condition through the hosts and their guests to bring oft-neglected issues to light. Highly recommended.
This podcast is so funny and refreshing!
I’m so happy I found this podcast through the adoptee community. Their conversations are so fresh and I find myself laughing throughout. I am bewildered by the fact that they started this during the pandemic and they’ve yet to meet. Such great chemistry. I love it!
I love this show!!!
I started listening to the Janchi Show a few months ago, but I’ve really started to binge it the past couple of weeks. I love how they’re transferring agency of adoptee narratives to the adoptees themselves. Not to mention the hosts are AMAZING and you would never have guessed that they’ve never met in person! I’m not an adoptee myself, but I am a Korean American who is pretty removed from my Korean identity , and I’ve found that I’ve actually really connected to many aspects of the guests’ and hosts’ journeys. LOVE IT!