I write about a multitude of topics. Sometimes it's hot-button issues ranging from politics and social justice to racial identity. Other days it'll be social commentary like the fear behind letting my hair go grey or why I think The Bachelor sucks. Being raised in the Midwest as a Korean adoptee in a racially diverse family gives me a unique perspective. My goal is to make you stop and ponder. Feel free to join the dialogue by commenting on any of my posts.
Former broadcast journalist. Advocate for Korean adult adoptees having a voice in the adoption conversation. I've presented a session for parents at KAAN and moderated a panel for parents at a regional FCC-Midwest camp. I hosted the first KAD "mini-gathering" attended by Korean adult adoptees from across the nation. I'm a published author as part of the anthology, Voices From Another Place. I've appeared multiple times on the Twin Cities FM 107's Kevyn Burger Show and Colleen Kruse Show as guest and co-host.
Coming soon. A verbal version of my blog because sometimes it's easier and/or more fun to speak it than write it. There's also no mistaking intention when you hear something rather than reading something. I've been told my voice would be great for a 1-900 number (do those still exist?) but I think this is a better use of my talents. Plus I love asking other people questions so I'll be interviewing guests in addition to recording solo episodes. Stay tuned!
I was born in Korea, adopted when I was a year old by a Methodist minister's family, and raised in Iowa (not at all bitter some adoptees grew up in France). As one of nine kids (five bio to my parents, two Korean adoptees, two bi-racial adoptees) we were Brangelina long before anyone had heard of Pitt or Jolie. In addition to Iowa, I've lived in Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, and Tennessee. I've been married and divorced. I'm a single mom to two adult daughters. I'm a social justice advocate. I'm eco-conscious and trying to save the world one straw at a time. Former broadcast journalist (mainstream news is not fake). I've handled booking and media for independent sister duo Chasing Lovely (who also happen to be my daughters) since May 2013.
I recently saw the movie Three Identical Strangers the (appalling) true story about triplets separated at birth for the purpose of research into nature vs. nurture. Having met hundreds of adoptees I've often marveled at the randomness of how we end up in our families. I joke about France, but Twinsters is another separated at birth story of how twin Korean girls were adopted by a family in America and another in France (with no knowledge of each other). In all five cases it was the luck of the draw for who went where. I've met any number of Korean adult adoptees and we know we could easily have ended up in each other's families. How am I different having grown up in America instead of Korea (or France)? What if I'd gone to a family in New York instead of Iowa? Who might I be if I'd been raised by a teacher instead of a preacher? I am probably first born, but raised as a middle child—how has that influenced my personality?
I'm strong-willed. It's a trait not always seen as positive. Am I this way because the one who birthed me is also this way? My (adoptive) mom thinks I needed that strong will to survive since I arrived severely malnourished. Maybe growing up in the middle of nine siblings made me strong-willed—that's a lot of competition for attention. Perhaps being only one of two Asians in my family, school, church, and sometimes the entire town made me strong-willed (it's not easy being a sole minority). It's true. Being strong-willed is rarely seen as a positive trait. It took me quite a long time but as an adult I know that it is also not a negative trait. It's how you use it to navigate through life. Perseverance goes hand-in-hand with a strong will. It's probably where I got the drive to go from being a stay-at-home mom to a TV reporter/anchor (you can read more about that here).
Five years ago I left my job with a national talent agency in Nashville to go full time with my daughters in their pursuit as independent touring musicians. Life is not as glamorous as it looks on social media, but we've managed to be self-sustaining in a time when many independent musicians are paying to tour instead of earning a living from it.
I've been doing a lot of marching the past year and a half. I march in support of #BlackLivesMatter. I march to protest the current regime. I march to support women. I march to change gun laws. I march to protest oil pipelines. I march in support of refugees. I march to protest the #MuslimBan. I march because #FamiliesBelongTogether. My cache of protest signs just keeps growing. I literally just said I have a cache of protest signs. What year is this? Silence at a time like this is dangerous. #SpeakOut
Marching and protesting is not enough. I canvass to get people out to vote. I register people to vote. I call my reps. I use my dollars to boycott and support businesses. I read to become informed. I vote.
If I look familiar it's not because I look like Julie Chen (she's Chinese, I'm Korean). But maybe you saw me on ABC's hit show Nashville. For three seasons I subsidized my income as an extra and had a fair amount of face time, ironically the first time as a reporter. I was also the mayor's assistant, an audience member in a flashback scene with Deacon at the Bluebird Cafe, and standing next to Will's dad when he came out. I was handpicked by creator Callie Khouri for a scene with Scarlett after Rana's (spoiler alert ahead) fatal car crash.
My eco-consciousness extends to many areas including bamboo toilet paper (because Who Gives A Crap), re-useable water bottles (Healthy Human keeping plastic bottles to a minimum), and natural remedies (love certified pure therapeutic grade dōTERRA essential oils). I was dubbed a modern-day hippie by my daughters for that last one.
As an avid Laker fan (who won a national contest to meet Kareem Abdul-Jabbar play his final NBA game) I admit my interest has waned during their playoff-less years. I've never been a fan of LeBron James (gasp!) but I do admire his philanthropic efforts off the court. I am a bit curious to see if he can help turn my favorite team into a contender for the title before he retires.
I jumped on the MoviePass bandwagon after giving up on this favorite past time due to the rising cost of going to a movie theater. Now I have a standing weekly date with a friend who also has MoviePass so I hope it doesn't go broke. I'm at odds with the movie critics a good share of the time. Shape of Water for best picture? I thought it was a joke. One of my favorite movies of all time, Meet Joe Black was not a box-office hit, but everyone I've introduced it to has loved it. I used to go to the movies just for the popcorn but I make better popcorn than the theater. It's a process that can't be rushed if you want a perfectly fluffy kernel. Yes. I'm a popcorn snob.
I could probably go on and on, but if you want to know more check out my blog. It's much more the window to my soul than my eyes. ;)