Sangil sits down with Becky to talk about his early life as a third-culture kid in Pakistan and his later transition to Korea. He talks about how a military exemption can be a social stigma and explains how difficult it can be to learn some cultural norms.
Join Becky & Jay as they go back in time! Starting thousands of years ago, they share a brief history of Korea — from a hermit kingdom to turtle ships to the Korean alphabet to Mongols — and explain how the effects of the past shape the country and culture today.
Andrew returns to the pod, this time to talk about his own history! He talks about his experience growing up and become conscious of his Asian identity in relation to the overwhelming whiteness of America. He and Becky were also high school classmates, and he drops a bombshell about her past…
Andrew (you’ll meet him next week) stops by to drop some knowledge about post-colonial Korea, the present-day effects of the Korean War, and one way half-Koreans and Gyopos are directly connected. Take notes!
We cap off this series with the one you’ve all been waiting for… the leader of The Halfie Project herself, Becky! We talk poetry, Alabama, and an important life lesson learned at Disney World. Jay hosts, and Producer Greg does his best to co-host. Tune in next week when everyone returns to their proper roles and a new guest joins us on the podcast.
This week we talk to the man behind the podcast, Producer Greg! He tells us how many sheep are in New Zealand and offers some questionable life advice to people who are bored with their jobs.
Continuing our journey of self-discovery, we sit down with our director of photography / video editor, Michael, aka BIG MIKE! We talk about his experience as a Korean adoptee in Norway, debate the validity of excusing behavior based on cultural differences, and finally give up the dream of ever becoming fully Korean.
This week, we turn the mics on ourselves! What do selfie sticks, freestyle raps, bleached tips, and law school have in common? Find out as we hear about the life and times of our favorite co-host, Jay.
Monica (Koryo-saram) gives us a quick history lesson through the story of her grandparents, who migrated to Uzbekistan in the 1930s. Growing up in Russia, she always felt Korean, but after moving to Korea, she realized how Russian she actually is. Check her out on Instagram @monalee.k
Kaila (Native American/Korean) stops by on her annual visit to Seoul to talk about being raised by her Korean father in New Jersey and feeling like an outsider among the Acoma, her mother’s Native American tribe.
Jack (Canadian/Korean) talks about the unique culture of Toronto and tells us what it was like to live with a foot in two different worlds. (Things get heated when Jack and Jay debate Toronto vs. L.A.)
This week, Alex (Egyptian/Korean) joins the discussion to talk about his early life in Queens, NY and his current life here in Seoul!
We also share personal examples how language fluency (or lack thereof) has shaped our experiences.
We’re taking a break from interviews this week!
Instead, we share what The Halfie Project means to us and what we hope to learn, discover, and accomplish as the project continues to grow.
Also, a special thanks to photographer Lee Jae Gab, whose advice and inspiration we carry with us as we strive to help half-Koreans tell their own stories, in their own words.
This week, Cedric (African-American/Korean) stops by to share his experience growing up in a Korean-American community, discuss white privilege and racism in Korea, and offer advice on adopting a positive attitude towards change. More from Cedric at YouTube.com/skycedi
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Stella (German/Korean) joins us in the studio to share her experience moving to Korea, learning the language, and adjusting to the cultural differences between Europe and Korea.