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100% real talk with your two new Korean adoptee besties! Hana and Ryan, Korean adoptees from Melbourne, Australia, talk about anything and everything adoption related, including race, gender, birth family search and reunion, and more. Original podcast music by Domus.
 
Korean dark history, ghost tales, folklore, serial killers, true crime, and more. You are about to discover why Korea has the spookiest stories and darkest history.Folklorist Shawn and history buff Joe delve into Korea's gruesome stories of massacres, betrayals, and blood. It's like "Game of Thrones" in Asia. We share our passion for Korea and its struggles throughout time. If you enjoy shows like "Kingdom," this is the podcast for you. Even if you know nothing about Korea, its history will ...
 
This is a podcast about Korean-American adoptees who return or repatriate to Korea to live and work in the country they were born in and separated from via international adoption. Funded by the US Fulbright program, the show seeks to educate the adoptive community, Korean people and the world at large about the experiences of these selected adult adoptees.
 
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September episode of made in live at ISO Radio. Evy + Jas talk about why voting matters, food and identity for trans racial adoptees, toxic k-drama themes and more! Listen live every first Wednesday of the month at iso.fm. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @immadein_ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/immadein/message…
 
Guest Lucas E. Lucas tells us how he was targeted for a year by the Shincheonji cult. How coordinated are they in their recruitment tactics? Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Facebook, ema…
 
Why is fall jinxed for Korean celebrities? Are there ghosts from the Sampoong Department Store collapse? What prurient urban legends pass through the lips in Korea? We spread more of them in this episode. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseou…
 
What’s up with fan death? A friend of a friend told us about these stories. Shawn has been interviewing people about folk beliefs, ghostlore, experiences, and urban legends for a long time. These are all from his most recent interviews. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghos…
 
What was true about Yoo Young-Chul and what was urban myth? How badly did the authorities mess this up? Have things changed? We analyze what the psych and criminology experts have written about this case. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseou…
 
Dianne Harris offers a rare exploration of the racial and class politics of architecture in her book LITTLE WHITE HOUSES, which examines how postwar media representations associated the ordinary single-family house with middle-class whites to the exclusion of others. This book adds a new dimension to our understanding of race in America and the ine…
 
The police didn’t catch Yoo Young-Chul. Seoul’s criminal underground took control while the authorities bumbled. Catching him wasn’t the end of it. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Facebo…
 
[CW: suicide]Pastor Do-Hyun Kim (김도현) talks about his early work in Switzerland and how he first became aware of Korean adoption, the activities he has run at KoRoot over the years to support adoptees, and his tireless commitment to raising awareness of adoption in Korea - including the separation and loss felt by adoptees and original mothers - wh…
 
After almost getting caught on CCTV, Yoo Young-Chul took a break and changed his focus and methods. Rather than going out to victims’ houses, he invited them into his home. This time, his focus was on women. This is part two of four in our series on Korea’s most notorious serial killer. A man who considers himself a criminal genius, but we’ll find …
 
Race plays a fundamental role in naturalizing social, political, and economic inequalities in the United States. Daniel Martinez HoSang and Joseph Lowndes document the changing politics of race and class in the age of Trump in their book PRODUCERS, PARASITES, PATRIOTS: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity, which ultimately brings to li…
 
So excited to share this our first live radio show with ya’ll from our monthly spot at @iso.radio. Spent the hour breaking down everything from Naomi Osaka’s courage to bring mental health to the forefront, our favourite tv shows, k-drama scandals and other current events that are on top of mind. listen live to our next @iso.radio on Wednesday, Sep…
 
Korea’s most notorious serial killer. In the first of four parts, we cover his tumultuous early life in an urbanizing Seoul and his first string of killings--targeting wealthy seniors in standalone houses near churches. We’d put off tackling this topic because we wanted to do it right. Our research is based on Korean language articles and academic …
 
The dynamics of adoptee communities have shifted in the decades since the first edition of OUTSIDERS WITHIN was published in 2006, yet the volume continues to provide critical perspectives that have gained renewed relevance during contemporary crises. Here, three writers and artists, Korean and Vietnamese adoptees who were adopted across geographic…
 
Guest: Jeremy Holt (Made in Korea) Hot comic book writer Jeremy Holt joins us to talk about the dark side of their experience as a Korean-born adoptee and how they’ve channeled that into making some of the coolest comics series you’ll ever read. Remember you can get it on Comixology and hard copies are at The Dice Latte in Seoul. Join our Patreon t…
 
What if we tended to an ailing ecosystem just as we would a body in the throes of a chronic medical condition? Ranae Lenor Hanson’s memoir WATERSHED encourages us to discover how the health of our bodies and the health of the world they inhabit are inextricably linked. In this episode, Hanson is joined by educators and community leaders Lena Jones …
 
Boxing scandals, torched doves, doping hero. The 1988 Seoul Games were the time to shine. But they were built on dark deeds. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Facebook, email) and we might…
 
Damn right, we got Audrey Nuna (@audreynuna) on this week. Discovered by roc nation at 16, the now 22-year-old artist is now signed to a major record label, and is here to share her journey with us. Yes, that includes giving a power point presentation to her parents, dropping out of university to focus on music and learning to love her Korean-Ameri…
 
WE’RE BAAAAAACK! Ryan’s in Melbourne lockdown 5.0, or what feels like 50.0, and Hana can only meet up with one other person after 6pm in Seoul. Plus, she can’t listen to music faster than 120BPM at the gym (but songs like Robyn’s Dancing On My Own at 117BPM are A-OK.) Covid restrictions, eh. In this convo, Ryan shares some exciting life news and Ha…
 
“Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered.” - Neil Gaiman, American Gods Who are the Korean gods? They inhabit the mountains. They inhabit the trees. There is even a Korean deity that inhabits the living room. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Gh…
 
Turn off your lights. Put on your headphones. Cool off with some chilling tales. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! Send us a message (Instagram, Facebook, email) and we might read it on air. Music by Soraksan Ending mu…
 
The Migrant’s Paradox connects global migration with urban marginalization, exploring how “race” maps onto place across the globe, state, and street. Suzanne Hall examines the brutal contradictions of sovereignty and capitalism in the formation of street livelihoods in the urban margins in five cities in Britain, in places where jobs are hard to co…
 
What does creepy, problematic cultural appropriation look like and why is it harmful for the community? This week we look at the case of Oli London, a white blogger (??) whose undergone more than a dozen surgeries to emulate BTS’s Jimin and more recently, told his fans that he identifies as “korean.” But taking “asian aesthetic” features and parts …
 
Guest: Ryan Berkebile Seoul has obliterated a lot of its history in the mad rush to progress. Only in recent years has the government required archaeological surveys before major construction in certain locations. Korea’s small passionate urban exploring community catalogs the areas that the government thinks aren’t royal enough to matter. One of t…
 
Guests - Shin-hye and Yeong-ho The #MeToo Movement looks different in Korea. Pushes for equality devolve into scorched earth battles. Megalia. GS25. Gangnam restroom murder. Mandatory male military service. South Korea has the widest gender gap in the OECD. Each side blames the other for why it hasn’t narrowed. Two young Korean guests join us to de…
 
Craig Robertson’s THE FILING CABINET explores how this now-neglected artifact profoundly shaped the way that information and data have been sorted, stored, retrieved, and used. Invented in the 1890s, the filing cabinet continues to shape how we interact with information and data in the digital age. In this episode, Robertson, who is associate profe…
 
From rainbow t-shirts at target to banks touting their #PrideMonth ads, it’s getting a little cringe. We talk all things pop culture and performative allyship/branding with Vox Senior Culture Writer Alex Abad-Santos who has used his platform as a writer and social media maven to poke fun at the hollow attempts of inclusivity. Also lots more on Asia…
 
Child abuse has made Korean headlines this past year. Korean scholars claim that there are aspects of traditional culture that have normalized it. We talk about some recent impactful cases. Then we frame it according to what Korean scholars have observed. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark…
 
Highlighting the power in community and work of the people, this week we speak with Asian Community AIDS Services Dany Ko (siya/伊, they/them) about the charitable, non-profit, community-based organization based in Toronto that dedicates time to improve the sexual health of East and South East Asians. They aim to provide a safer space and programs f…
 
Two mysterious unrelated murders happened in Itaewon in 1997 and 2001. One was famous. The other was forgotten. Part two of our History of Itaewon covers Itaewon’s rise as a trendy hotspot, its rapid demise, and its future. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at htt…
 
On Adopted Feels, we’ve mainly interviewed friends and friends of friends (sliding into Joel Kim Booster’s DMs didn’t work, unfortunately - if anyone out there can hook us up, please do!).Until now. Korean adoptee Ben Kaplan contacted us out-of-the-blue to offer his story, becoming the first “completely random person” guest on the pod. It would be …
 
Stepping out of a predominantly white, heteronormative community as a gay, mixed-race filipino man in Oregon, Matt Brooks often felt he had to hide who he was to fit in. But after leaving high school, he knew he wasn’t being authentic to himself. He moved to LA and found is chosen family — ones who led him to also find his calling working as a digi…
 
Why has Itaewon historically been the village of foreigners? Why was the U.S. military base positioned there? We cover some of Itaewon’s weird and dark secrets that go back hundreds of years. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listene…
 
Here are five reasons people believe in ghosts. We also share ghostly experiences people have submitted for our upcoming book--and we’re still taking submissions. Listen for details. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com Listener Mail! S…
 
#AsianHeritageMonth has come to a close but momentum shouldn’t. here’s our lil hAPPI hour reflection on our own accomplishments this month — recognizing the need to reflect and build energy from learning, refuel and get back to sharing more stories that highlight inequities and provoke change! from working with brands like Ugg and Greenhouse Juice …
 
“There aren’t any drugs in Korea.” Shyah, right! We upend this myth with the history of drugs in both South and North Koreas. Which drugs are popular, where do they come from, and where can you get them? We answer two out of three. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Wal…
 
Almost 40 years after the murder of Vincent Chin — a Chinese-American in the budding auto-industry in Detroit, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a rise in hate-motivated attacks against Asian people across North America. “Who killed Vincent Chin” is a 1987 documentary that Reel Asian Film Festival will be screening (for free) May 26 and 27 to bring…
 
In this episode we chatted with Edward Yoo Pokropski, the Executive Producer of the upcoming Asian Comedy Fest! Ed is also Writer/Producer for the Brand Creative Team at USA Network and Universal Kids for NBCUniversal. He has been nominated for a daytime Emmy twice and won zero times. He also performs stand-up and hosts events, sometimes for money,…
 
Grace Lee (@graceleebeauty) knows a thing or two about micro-aggressions working in the beauty industry. As Maybelline New York's lead Canadian artist, she’s seen it all in an industry with questionable casting and beauty standards. from being told models should look “more Asian” to a lack of diverse models and facing imposter syndrome, Grace tells…
 
Jamie Lorimer’s THE PROBIOTIC PLANET calls for a rethinking of artificial barriers between science and policy and a sweeping overview of diverse probiotic approaches. Bruce Clarke’s GAIAN SYSTEMS is a pioneering exploration of the complex evolution of Gaia’s many variants. In a conversation that ranges from Lynn Margulis to science fiction, neocybe…
 
South Korea huddled every Sunday night from the ‘70s to late ‘80s to watch the horror series “Hometown Legends” (Jeonseolui Gohyang 전설의고향). Now Korean horror TV is experiencing a resurgence. What makes Korean horror TV unique? How does it differ from horror film? Guest - Pierce Conran K-Drama Critic - South China Morning Post Ko-Biz - Reporter Arir…
 
This episode is an audio recording of a recent online event called “The Intersectional Lives of Transgender Adoptees” (2021.04.26), organized by the adult adoptee organisation Also-Known-As, Inc., under the most excellent leadership of Korean adoptee Mike Mullen.In the first panel of its kind, Ryan, along with three amazing transgender intercountry…
 
Ghost stories, sex scandals, massacres, and intrigue from the airport city of Incheon to the trendy alleys of Ikseon-dong. There’s a dark story behind these places that the tourism organizations don’t want you to know about. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at ht…
 
CAPTURE is a book that reveals how the drive to contain and record disappearing animals was a central feature and organizing pursuit of the nineteenth-century US cultural canon. In a conversation that ranges from references to Muybridge and Audubon, Poe and Hawthorne, Whitman and Thoreau, environmental humanities and biopolitics, presentation and r…
 
From the days of MTV FORA to Forbes 30 under 30 Dani Roche has never compromised her vision at Kastor & Pollux, a creative studio based in Toronto. As an innovator, she's inspired by the dreamy, shoe-gaze nostalgia of the internet culture. In our episode, we talk about what it's like behind-the-scene of understanding the responsibility of having an…
 
Not an adoptee and not quite a gyopo, Bastiaan Flikweert, also known as 신서빈, best describes himself as a second generation adoptee. Born in 1999 to two Dutch Korean adoptees, he spent his childhood living in both the Netherlands and Korea. He credits his intercultural upbringing with opening up many opportunities, but also with struggles and questi…
 
The death penalty has become a hot topic lately after #SorryJeongin. Shawn covers the history of gruesome and famous executions in Korean history and the state of South Korea’s death penalty today. Join our Patreon to get more stuff https://patreon.com/darksideofseoul Book a tour of The Dark Side of Seoul Ghost Walk at https://darksideofseoul.com L…
 
Susan Gaeta, originally named Lee Hyung ho at birth in her native Korea, 48, was adopted to the US as an infant. Today, she lives in Massachusetts and is a wife, mom and Lutheran minister. She's also bisexual and has a rare health condition. Hear how she's been able to find connection with others in various communities, and why as an adoptee, it's …
 
Love to see more Asian nominees this Oscars — but still, it was wack. From the snubs to “Minari” and “Sound of metal,” to Hollywood attempting to reframe Korean actress Youn Yuh-Jung’s win for Best Supporting Actress as a Brad Pitt fan girl moment, we get into why Hollywood continues to fail to allow people of colour to tell their stories, why Amer…
 
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