012 // Glenn Morey + Orion’s King Whale Crackers!

by The Janchi Show | Published November 4, 2020
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In today’s episode, we have Glenn Morey on the show! Glenn is a documentary filmmaker whose project, Side by Side, has gone from 100 video vignettes to a video art exhibit, a 16-minute op-ed piece by the New York Times, and now is being released in audio format as an Audible Original!

After Glenn shares his adoption story and his family’s estranged relationship, we get into the Side by Side Project—its multiple iterations, and how telling these stories helped Glenn tell his own story and come to embrace the Korean identity he initially tossed aside. After the break, we dive into Orion’s King Whale Crackers…Stir Fry Flavor?!

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In this episode we talk about:

  1. Finding our voice as adoptees: (0:32)
  2. Glenn’s Adoption story and estranged family relationships (16:00)
  3. Breaking into Korean Adoptee Communities: (24:30)
  4. The Side by Side Project: (35:14)
  5. King Whale Crackers! (1:20:00)

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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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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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