039 // Journey to self-love with Heart & Seoul author Jen Frederick!

by The Janchi Show | Published May 18, 2021
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In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Jen Frederick and talk about her journey as an adoptee and her upcoming book, Heart & Seoul! Jen shares about growing up in Wisconsin, going back to Korea, and the journey towards self-love. We also discuss how her adoptee experience informed Heart & Seoul’s protagonist, Hara, and why her story is the one we need right now.

Later, the bois eat a food and talk (book)shop about Heart & Seoul!

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In this episode we talk about:
  1. Intro: How Do We Do The Show Again?: 0:00
  2. Welcome, Jen Frederick!: 5:35
  3. Growing Up in Small Towns: 8:56
  4. Back to Korea + Connecting with the People: 11:47
  5. Learning Korean: 16:49
  6. Heart & Seoul: How It Happened: 21:01
  7. Releasing During #APAHM: 30:09
  8. The Research + Loving Korea: 35:30
  9. Sidebar: K-Dramas: 37:18
  10. Engaging with the Adoptee Community: 39:15
  11. The Journey of Self-Love: 40:24
  12. Recap!: 50:59
“Three years ago, four years ago, I would not have believed that this story could even be published, because there weren’t these types of stories being published. The idea that I could write a story about a Korean going to Seoul and having the entire book set in Seoul is pretty amazing to me.” —Jen Frederick, this podcast.

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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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  • 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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