by KJ Roelke | Published February 1, 2022
Featured image for 075 // KOREAN EVERYTHING, FOREVER w/Amanda Paul

In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Amanda Paul and talk about KOREAN EVERYTHING, FOREVER! Seriously though, we have a deep, impactful conversation with Amanda about how we navigate our journeys in unique ways, how we get from there to here, and how we find ourselves.

Later, Amanda joins us for a crunchy snack!

// Meet Amanda Paul
Show Resources
In this episode we talk about:
  • The LNY Intro: 1:46
  • Amanda’s Intro aka “I’m ‘nervited’ to be here!”: 11:55
  • Proximity to adoption, anything Asian, and whiteness: 23:55
  • Boundaries + navigating the world: 30:25
  • Shifting circles from predominantly white to less so: 35:02
  • Learning Language: 44:59
  • Korean Everything, Forever!: 48:02
  • Navigating intersectional identities: 51:51
  • The Joshinosh Food Portion aka the Floating Place: 1:00:19 
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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 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.
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 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.
Connect with Patrick!
  • Website: http://www.patrickintheworld.me
  • 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. 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.
Connect with K.J.!
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Executive Producer: Jerry Won
Creative Director: Michelle Nam
Audio & Video Engineer: K.J. Roelke