017 // Tom Bugansky + 오징어 (Peanut Balls)!

by The Janchi Show | Published December 7, 2020
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In today’s episode we sit down with Nathan’s friend, Tom Bugansky: plastic surgeon and fellow Korean adoptee! Tom shares his adoption story with us, as well as his experience living in KoreaTown, LA for the past 15 years. He also talks about how Dan Matthew’s akaDan documentary inspired him to eventually do a birth search of his own, and how 2020 was the right time to do that.

Later on, Tom joins us for Haitai’s Peanut Balls! The package tells a story and that story is crazy. Stick around!

// Meet Tom Bugansky!
In this episode we talk about:
  1. DNA Tests and How We Feel About ‘Em: 0:00
  2. Meet Tom Bugansky & Korean Foods: 12:54 
  3. Engaging with the Korean & Adoptee Cultures, Living in K-Town, & Meeting Nathan: 22:12
  4. Birth Search & New Revelations!: 38:15
  5. Haitai’s (Squid) Peanut Balls: 50:26

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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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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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