002 // Meet the Hosts: Patrick Armstrong + Nongshim’s Shrimp Crackers!

by The Janchi Show | Published September 3, 2020
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In today’s episode we speak with Patrick Armstrong, president and co-founder of the All Times Are Local Foundation and one-third of the Janchi Boiiisss! Patrick talks about growing up in the Midwest, his rap career that he later decided he was too good for, volunteering in Houston, TX after Hurricane Harvey and how that inspired him to found his own nonprofit. We also talk about his relationship with his fiancé and what it’s meant for him to learn about being a Korean-American, being adopted, starting that journey later in life than most, and where he goes from here.

We also try Nongshim’s Shrimp Crackers for the first time, mild and spicy!

Meet Patrick Armstrong!

In this episode we talk about: 

  1. Intro, Growing Up, & Moving to San Diego (0:00)
  2. Music Career, Volunteering, and How You Met Your Fiancé (14:55)
  3. Starting the Journey, the Journey Itself, & What Patrick’s Involved with Now (28:15)
  4. What Patrick’s Learning Now (40:03)
  5. What Are We Eating Today? (47:29)

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We’re three Korean-American Adoptees spread out around the country and each of us are at different stages in life. We’ll talk about the Korean-American adoptee experience and learn more about our shared culture, usually with food. And it won’t just be the three of us; each week we’ll have other adoptees from all over the world joining us to talk about what makes us similar and what makes us unique. So join the party!

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Nathan Nowack
Nathan was adopted from Seoul and raised in a small town in Oklahoma by a loving family and adopted sister.  After college in Colorado he later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a digital media career and eventually started 2 photography companies.  He has a wife and 3 kids and has reconnected with his biological family in 2014.

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Patrick Armstrong
Patrick was adopted from Seoul and raised in a small(er than Nathan’s) town in Indiana. After dropping out of college, he travelled around, working a variety of jobs before co-founding the All Times Are Local Foundation with his adopted sister in Chicago. He currently lives in Indianapolis with his fiancé and is 7 seconds into his journey of exploring his Korean-American adoptee identity.

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  • Website: http://www.alltimesarelocal.org
  • LinkedIn: http://linkedin/in/patrickarmstrong219
  • Instagram: http://instagram.com/patrickintheworld

K.J. Roelke
KJ was adopted from Daegu and raised in Dallas, Texas with his two biological, older siblings and his younger sister, adopted from Russia. He graduated from Greenville College and has served as the Worship & Creative Director at Schweitzer Church in Springfield, Missouri since then. He is married, with no children (yet!), and has been on his journey of discovery since 2015.

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