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. 


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… 

We Are The Halfie Project — Becky

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.

We Are The Halfie Project — Michael

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.


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.

Mission Statement

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.


Welcome to the Halfie Project podcast! 

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.