086 // Putting the pieces together w/Mindy Tsonas Choi

by KJ Roelke | Published April 19, 2022
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In this week’s episode of your favorite Korean Adoptee podcast, the Janchi Boys sit down with Mindy Tsonas Choi and talk about the journeys we go on to find ourselves and a community that accepts us. Mindy shares about how she got started on this journey, from blogging on the early internet days to sharing her story on social media today. She also talks about what it’s meant to explore her adoption and how that’s fueled her activism and her artistry.

Later, Mindy joins us for a tasty treat!

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 In this episode we talk about:
  • An intro?!: 1:10
  • Welcome, Mindy!: 8:13
  • Putting the pieces back together: 15:33
  • The process of realization: 22:39
  • Exploring adoption: 29:24
  • The moment you know: 35:23
  • Breaking boxes: 40:14
  • Back to Korea for the first time: 44:00
  • Moving to the social media space: 54:49
  • The Janchi Show Eating Portion with Patrick Laughing Like Always: 1:00:23
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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!
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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 and grew up in Rensselaer, Indiana. He attended college at Purdue before working in a number of different industries over the next decade. He has been an advocate for numerous causes, including the undocumented adoptee community and the Asian American community. He also speaks on his personal story with adoption and identity. Currently, Patrick resides in Indianapolis with his wife and their cat and enjoys comics, adaptations of comics, and Purdue sports.
 
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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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