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Did you ever wish there was a podcast hosted by your two best friends who also happen to be adopted from Korea? Omg, this is it! Hana and Ryan, Korean adoptees from Melbourne, Australia, talk about anything and everything adoption related, including race, gender, birth family search and reunion, and more. A little bit silly, a little bit awkward, 100% honest. Original podcast music by Domus.

Did you ever wish there was a podcast hosted by your two best friends who also happen to be adopted from Korea? Omg, this is it! Hana and Ryan, Korean adoptees from Melbourne, Australia, talk about anything and everything adoption related, including race, gender, birth family search and reunion, and more. A little bit silly, a little bit awkward, 100% honest. Original podcast music by Domus.
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Australia

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Did you ever wish there was a podcast hosted by your two best friends who also happen to be adopted from Korea? Omg, this is it! Hana and Ryan, Korean adoptees from Melbourne, Australia, talk about anything and everything adoption related, including race, gender, birth family search and reunion, and more. A little bit silly, a little bit awkward, 100% honest. Original podcast music by Domus.

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English


Episodes

Nine Years Later: Long-Term Birth Family Search & Processing the First Trip Home Experience - An Interview with Alyson Yost

11/11/2019
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A friend and podcast listener recently pointed out that many of our episodes talk about search and reunion, especially now that both of us have reunited. But of course not all adoptees who start a birth family search reunite, and not all adoptees want to search in the first place. In light of National Adoption Awareness Month, we wanted to expand the narrative to include the experiences of adoptees who search unsuccessfully over an extended period of time, and whose journeys are equally...

Duration:00:47:30

Meg O'Shea (aka even.little.meg): On Comics, Documenting Everyday Life, and Living in Seoul

10/27/2019
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Hana sits down for a casual conversation with the very talented Meg O'Shea - aka @even.little.meg - a comic maker and illustrator, and fellow Australian Korean adoptee living in Seoul. They talk about Meg's comics and illustrations, why she was drawn to comics as a medium, moving to Korea, racism in Australia, belonging, and her creative process (spoiler: it involves snacks). CW: Interview mentions sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Duration:00:52:08

Meeting your Birth Mother! (As a Nonbinary Trans Adoptee)

10/13/2019
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In this episode Ryan spills the beans on what it was like meeting their birthmother for the first time! We talk about the additional complexities involved in being a trans and queer adoptee searching for birth family - incl. explaining one's gender identity and relationship, DNA testing, and fear of rejection. We also touch on themes relevant to cis and trans adoptees alike: What does it mean to forgive? And if we are 'reunited' with birth family, how do we create and sustain meaningful...

Duration:00:51:35

Harlow’s Monkey in the House! Interview with JaeRan Kim

9/29/2019
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In this episode, Hana and Ryan sit down with JaeRan Kim, who we were very lucky to catch right after the IKAA Gathering. JaeRan is a social worker, writer, teacher and scholar. Her involvement in the adoptee activist community began with her well-known blog “Harlow’s Monkey”, an unapologetic look at transracial and transnational adoption, which has been running for 13 years strong. We talk about how JaeRan first got into social work, her current projects including research on adoptees as...

Duration:01:03:34

Hana's Guide to Moving to Korea

9/16/2019
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Have you ever wondered what it might be like to move back to your birth country? In this episode, Hana gives an honest account of her relocation in the form of a quick guide to moving to Korea - slightly tongue-in-cheek but also peppered with practical advice. Hana and Ryan also discuss the joys of Daiso, that song from Moana again, and one special Californian peacock, fondly named 'Barry.'

Duration:00:38:44

Sex, Representation, and Men’s Groups: Talkin’ Korean Adoptee Masculinity

9/2/2019
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In this provocatively titled episode, Hana and Ryan chat with Mark and Matt, two cis-gendered adoptee men living in Seoul. Mark and Matt generously and candidly share their adoptee experiences in a conversation that touches on toxic masculinity in Korea, the relative lack of men involved in adoptee activism, Asian male representation, and more. We’re still waiting for photographic evidence of Matt’s K-pop stylin’ days, however.

Duration:01:03:07

Adoptee Season in Seoul: The Gathering, FOMO, and other Associated Feels

8/18/2019
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Hana & Ryan debrief about the intense experience that was the 2019 IKAA Gathering and other recent adoptee events in Seoul. In this episode, they do a run-down of everything they attended, before getting deep into their feelings - touching on FOMO, how it feels to leave Korea, and post-Korea blues. (Plus, thank you so much to our two new podcast patrons!)

Duration:00:52:03

10 Things We Love About Seoul

8/5/2019
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In this episode, Hana and Ryan share 10 Things We Love About Seoul and touch base with their light, frivolous, talking sh*t roots. They catch up (in person, finally!) and chat about being part of the ethnic majority, noraebang go-to songs, and eating cake with chopsticks.

Duration:00:34:16

Eleana Kim & Kim Stoker: Adoptee Kinship, Critical Adoption Studies, and Expanding What it Means to be Korean

7/21/2019
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In this episode, Ryan has the pleasure of interviewing Eleana Kim and Kim Stoker during their visit to Melbourne! We chat about adoptee-run creative hubs in Seoul during the early 2000s including Spy Lounge, Kimura Byul, formally known as Mihee-Nathalie Lemoine, a co-founder of GOA'L and by all accounts a social 'force of nature,' critical adoption studies, activism, kinship, and living in Korea as a non 'standard variety Korean.' 'Most don't know precisely when you were born so you can kind...

Duration:01:08:43

Katelyn Hemmeke: Writing, Research, and Activism in the Adoption Space

7/7/2019
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“Things you cannot find in a junk drawer: A whole culture. An entire language. A face that looks like yours.” - from “What You Are” by Katelyn Hemmeke Hana interviews her friend and fellow Korean adoptee Katelyn, an accomplished writer, researcher, and activist in the transracial, transnational adoption community. Katelyn talks about moving to and from Korea, what it’s like to do adoption-related research, and birth family search and reunion - as well as Korean skincare and her favourite...

Duration:00:58:09

10 Things Hana Didn't Know About Reunion

6/23/2019
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Almost 9 years ago, Hana reunited with her birth family, and she was pretty naive and unprepared for it all. In this episode, Hana talks through ten things she didn’t know about reunion, and then Ryan joins the show to dig deeper into Hana’s story. In Hana’s humble opinion, reunion has been both difficult and a complete joy, but ultimately, “there are a myriad ways of ways that we can connect with Korea and Korean culture regardless of whether you actually reunite.”

Duration:00:42:28

10 Things Ryan Didn't Know About Birth Family Search

6/23/2019
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Ryan shares 10 things they didn't know about 'the BFS' (birth family search), which is far from straightforward & can bring up a bunch of other stuff! They talk about names, feeling 'ready,' learning about adoption practices, and share their fears/hopes/feels as a trans adoptee who has found - but not yet met! - their birth mother.

Duration:00:40:53

Inside the Brain of an Adoption Therapist!

6/9/2019
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In this longer episode, Hana and Ryan pull back the curtain and chat to a therapist who specialises in working with intercountry, transracial adult adoptees and adoptive families. We get into our feelings and discuss it all - Nancy Verrier’s “primal wound” theory, feeling flawed, birth family search and reunion, attachment, adoptees as parents, and adoptive parenting (we weren’t planning to go there, but we did). Hana says ‘mmm’ a lot, Ryan giggles when they're nervous, and s**t gets real!

Duration:01:14:30

Dating and Relationships Part Two: Optics and Acronyms

5/26/2019
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In this juicy little episode, Hana and Ryan discuss the unfortunate optics of hanging out with our white parents and friends, WMAF and AMWF couples, coming in and out of various closets, dating as an adoptee in Korea, and Bitmoji. Tune in for a full explanation of all acronyms and that overused-yet-apt metaphor: the closet. Somehow even more awkward than Dating and Relationships Part One ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Duration:00:30:27

Dating and Relationships Part One: Dating Woke White People and Other Adoptees

5/12/2019
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For their first official episode, Hana and Ryan jump in the deep end and talk about dating and relationships as transracial adoptees. Why have they decided to get so awkward and personal from the get-go? (Cue nervous laughter.) This episode covers our dating histories, “vetting questions” for white partners, dating other adoptees, if being adopted impacts our relationships, and as usual, some other random stuff.

Duration:00:28:18

Intro: Who the hell are Hana and Ryan?

5/12/2019
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In this taster episode, adoptee co-hosts Hana and Ryan introduce themselves and this podcast. An elevator pitch of sorts except that it runs for 15 minutes. They also reveal some very important facts about themselves, including their star signs, pet preferences, and go-to comfort foods. Warning: this episode contains a spoiler alert for Jane the Virgin!

Duration:00:13:52