Wendy Kim is a #1 International Best-Selling Author of the book, Beyond Blending In: An Immigrant Daughter's Guide to Overcoming Cultural Bonds For A Life of Authenticity and Abundance.
Wendy loves to read and is the mother of 2 amazing kids who she loves to surf with!
She is also a Professional Public Speaker and Empowerment Coach. Wendy is committed to empowering women of color to find their voice, stand up and step out to make a difference in the world. Wendy is also committed to diversity & inclusion in the workplace and in leadership.
What if you weren't meant to blend in? Wendy spent her whole life trying to blend in. Being bi-racial and living in a predominantly white community, she tried hard to be "white" and to blend in even though that wasn't possible. Later on, she moved to a primarily "Asian" community and didn't fit in there either. This pattern continued into college and the corporate world until she finally broke through to live her best life. It is Wendy's deepest desire that you will find the inspiration and tools to go beyond and live the most authentic and abundant version of yourself.
"You don't have to try and be more Asian, or try and be more White, or try and be more Black. You are who you are and you're really blessed you can have the best of both worlds." - Wendy Kim
Topics we discuss:
What it meant to her to be "White"Mixed Race as Korean and German
Rejecting Korean Heritage
Origin of "Whiteness"
Her Reckoning with her identity through her coaching
The guilt and shame of this journey
The behavioral expectations of women of colorWhat the behavior looks like
The psychological burden
Coming to accept and embrace her Korean cultureUsing food to connect
Cultural racism within racial groupsMinority privilege
Growing up in PittsburghRaised by Single Dad until 11
Dad was German side of heritage
Her parent's split and choosing how to raise her
Where she is today on her identityBeing a bridge
Teaching her kids
Consulting women of color to get pursue what they wantAsking for a promotion
Wendy's Book - Beyond Blending In
Recipe for Kimchi
Mandu (Korean Dumplings)
Author Min Jin Lee - Pachinko
Nav the Poet - More In Common Episode
Alhambra in Spain
Beyond Blending In - The Podcast
Lead editor + Producer: Ruf Holmes
Main Theme: "Eaze Does It" by Shye Eaze and DJ Rufbeats, a More In Common Podcast Exclusive.
Guest theme: "Iberian Shuffle" by Megan Nadin