069 // Disrupting Kinship w/Dr. Kimberly McKee

by KJ Roelke | Published December 14, 2021
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In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Dr. Kimberly McKee to talk about her book, Disrupting Kinship, and her working in the field of adoption studies. Kim shares how she was able to engage with adoption and Asian American culture earlier in life, ultimately leading her to the work she does today. She also breaks down themes and topics covered in her book, including the Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex (TAIC).

Later, Kim joins us for a really great snack! Stay tuned!

// Meet Kim McKee
Show Resources
 In this episode we talk about:
  • The Religion Intro: 1:02
  • Kim’s adoption story: 15:59
  • Entering into adoption studies: 18:33
  • Unpacking identity: 24:16
  • The different & similar ways in different generations of adoptees: 28:21
  • The groundwork of Korean adoption studies: 33:34
  • The thing about “stock stories”: 42:43
  • The mythology of adoption: 46:30
  • The elevator pitch of Disrupting Kinship: 49:38
  • What’s next?: 53:43
  • Approaching the work and managing capacity: 58:04
  • THE FOOD PORTION: 1:08:49
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Nathan Nowack
Nathan was adopted from Seoul at 5 months old and raised in a small town in Oklahoma by a loving family and non-biological 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.  In 2021, Nathan and his family moved back to Colorado to be closer to family and start a new chapter in their lives.
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Patrick Armstrong
Patrick was adopted from Seoul by a white family in Indiana. He is also the president and co-founder of All Times Are Local, a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on helping older foster youth. He attended college at Purdue University in West Lafayette and currently resides in Indianapolis.
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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. After spending a decade in the Midwest for college and career, he and his wife are back in Dallas and living large! He has been on his journey of discovery since 2015 and spends his days populating the internet with content.
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