043 // Hanna Lee & McDonald’s x BTS Meal!

by KJ Roelke | Published June 15, 2021
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In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Hanna Lee and talk about growing up as a Korean adoptee in Topeka, Kansas and how that led her to eventually write an adoptee-centered fictional tale, The Ones Who Misbehave (out now!). Hanna shares about how her life and the lives of others she’s met on her journey are reflected in her writing and why it was important for her to utilize her voice during the pandemic and the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans.

Later, Hanna joins us for a very special snack surprise! SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER!

// Meet Hanna Lee
Show Resources
In this episode we talk about:
  1. Intro (Happy Pride Month!): 0:00
  2. Please welcome, Hanna Lee: Origin Story: 5:51
  3. Developing Relationships in Topeka, KS: 15:32
  4. Jerry Won, the “Stan Lee” of Asian American Media: 21:13
  5. Re-recognizing Your Asian Identity: 24:48
  6. Influences Growing Up: 28:45
  7. The Journey Towards Writing: 32:23
  8. The Ones Who Misbehave: 37:48
  9. Advocacy, Activism, and Using Our Voices: 44:57
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The Janchi Show Quick Bio
We’re three Korean Adoptees spread out around America and each of us are at different stages in life. We’ll talk about the Korean adoptee experience from our perspectives 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!
// Meet the Janchi Boys!
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.
Connect with Nathan!
  • Website: http://www.nathannowack.com
  • LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/nathann/
  • 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.
Connect with Patrick!
  • 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.
Connect with K.J.!
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  • Youtube: https://janchishow.com/youtube
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// The Janchi Show is produced by Just Like Media:
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Executive Producer: Jerry Won
Creative Director: Michelle Nam
Audio & Video Engineer: K.J. Roelke