034 // Korean Names (pt. 2), adoptee parenthood and Asian American Christianity (ft. Zac Luben!)

by The Janchi Show | Published April 10, 2021
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In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Zac Luben and talk about growing up in the Bay Area, but not in the diverse areas you might be thinking of. Zac also shares about the intersection of faith and adoption and how that has played a significant role in his journey thus far.

Later, we try Crown’s Cheese Tart crackers! THEY GOOD!

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In this episode we talk about:
  1. Korean Names Pt. II: 0:00
  2. Zac, Zachary, or Z-dawg?: 16:30
  3. The Backstory & Abbreviated Janchi Origin: 18:24
  4. Family Dynamics & Identity Journey: 21:57
  5. Dad Talk—Korean Culture and Kids: 32:22
  6. Anti-Asian Hate and the Drivers Behind It…: 40:44
  7. Faith and Adoption—Who and What: 49:12
  8. Original Art: 61:54
  9. Snack Time [Crown’s Cheese Tarts!]: 65:09

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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’s now back in Colorado with his wife and 3 kids and has reconnected with his biological family in 2014.

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  • Instagram: http://instagram.com/nowackphoto
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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