004 // SooJin Pate + Choco-Pies!

by The Janchi Show | Published September 9, 2020
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In today’s episode, we chat with SooJin Pate—professor, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consultant and podcast co-host! SooJin shares her adoption story, growing up in Minnesota and the emotional journey back to Korea to reunite with her birth mother. She also tells us about how her desire to raise an actively anti-racist child led her to start her own podcast: The Antiracist Parenting Podcast!

Later, SooJin joins us as we try Choco-Pies…wait, there’s a green tea flavor?!

Meet SooJin Pate!

Twitter & Instagram: @soojinpate

In this episode we talk about:

  1. SooJin’s Adoption Story: (3:29)
  2. Reconnecting with Birth Family (21:58) 
  3. Memories in Korea—Old & New (32:39)
  4. KADs, Asian-Americans and the BIPOC struggle (52:46)
  5. Choco-Pies! (1:10:01)

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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 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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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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