Photo of this week's podcast guest, Ed Pokropski

HB Ep. 74: Wangtta (King Reject)

Youngmi talks with comedian Ed Pokropski about his complicated feelings after visiting Korea

This week, Youngmi talks to Ed Pokropski (creator of Case 84: Adopted in the USA, producer of Asian Comedy Festival) about the one-person show he wrote about his adoption and subsequent return visit to Korea. Ed talks about growing up not wanting to visit Korea because of the resentment he felt about the forced narratives surrounding adoption and the idea of it being his “homeland.” He also talks about having an emotional breakdown while visiting an orphanage in Korea and seeing a poster of a Korean baby being adopted by Korean parents. Youngmi relates to the feelings of being abandoned and/or rejected by a collective society because of her biracial identity.

Hosted by Youngmi Mayer

Youngmi Mayer is a standup comedian and single mom based in New York City. She explores topics of Asian identity, biracial identity, feminism and growing up poor in her work.