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International adoptees talk about all things race, identity, politics, pop culture, etc., because they can...and because they have White people names. Hosted by: Kevin Vollmers, Laura Klunder, Kim Thompson, and Stoker.






The Loss of Language and Culture

In this episode, Stoker, kim, Klunder, and Kevin discuss some lively and fun stuff - the loss of language and culture experienced by adoptees.

Duration: 01:05:36

Seoul Searching: KHV's convo w/ award-winning filmmaker Benson Lee

[Please note that there are some technical difficulties with audio.] Join us as Kevin chats it up with Benson Lee, the award winning director, producer, and screenwriter behind Seoul Searching. About Benson Benson Lee is an award-winning Korean-American filmmaker who has worked in drama, documentary, and commercial production for over 15 years. In 1998, with his first feature film Miss Monday, Lee became the first Korean-American filmmaker to be accepted to the Dramatic Competition of the...

Duration: 01:00:20

Chit-Chat w/ Simon Tam of The Slants, the greatest "Chinatown dance rock band"

Please note that around minute 45 we ran into some tech issues, and so we had to end the conversation. We'll continue the conversation in another conversation, which will include the rest of The Slants! Co-host Kevin goes solo for this conversation with Simon Tam of The Slants, the greatest (only?) "Chinatown dance rock band." For a preview, check out this NPR conversation about the band, which has been fighting the man! www.onthemedia.org/story/why-cant-you-trademark-slur/ About Simon Tam...

Duration: 00:46:29

Unpacking Whiteness

Join Stoker, kim, and Kevin as they discuss their lifelong efforts to unpack the greatest gift of all - Whiteness! Referrenced articles: "Unprotected by Assimilation: Lessons from the Case of Duy Ngo" “We Are Not Troublemakers!!” : Oblivious anti-blackness and privilege in the Korean adoptee community Music: Lynyrd Skynrd - Sweet Home Alabama Jane Siberry - Half Angel Half Eagle Pet Shop boys - Always On My Mind

Duration: 01:03:52


This week, kim thompson, Stoker, and Kevin Vollmers discuss microaggressions, in particular microaggressions in the racism vein. Some questions they'll ponder and topics they'll discuss: Are racials microaggressions actually microaggressions or are they flat out racist?Do White people use the term microaggressions to get a pass, as in, "Oops! I wasn't being racist. I meant no harm. I realize that was a microaggression." Baltimore.Korea microaggressions.US microaggressions.White privilege...

Duration: 01:06:29

We Have White Names: Episode 1

Airing Monday, April 20th: Kim Thompson, Stoker, and Kevin Vollmers premiere We Have White Names. In the midst of the banter, they discuss the origins of their White names and the impact the names have had on their lives. Plus, they'll feature three songs: "Growing up" - Run River North"Ceremony" - Joy Division"Star in My Eyes" - Gowe

Duration: 01:05:28

A Preview of We Have White Names

Get a glimpse of what Stoker, Kim Thompson, and Kevin Vollmers will be bantering about on Monday, April 20th, 2015, 7:00 am Minneapolis time/9:00 pm Seoul time. You as a listener will also be able to call in if you want to join the conversation. See you then! P.S. Kevin promises his audio will be a lot cleaner.

Duration: 00:07:48