023 // Lauren Sharkey + Sweet Potato Shaped Snack!

by The Janchi Show | Published January 26, 2021
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In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Lauren Sharkey, author of the book “Inconvenient Daughter” and talk about her adoption story, becoming a writer and the power behind adoptee-created content.

A little later, we try CosMos’s Sweet Potato Shaped Snack from Munch Addict’s Korean Snack Box. Is there even sweet potato in this thing?!

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In this episode we talk about:
  1. Sport Bois: 4:19
  2. Lauren’s Story: 15:32
  3. Adoption Awareness: 20:31
  4. Changing the Adoptee Narrative: 32:20
  5. Becoming a Writer: 42:08
  6. Inconvenient Daughter: 49:08
  7. Giving Language for Reconciliation: 1:02:04
  8. Get In Touch: 1:07:35
  9. Sweet Potato Shaped Snack! 1:14:17

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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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