Angie in Texas
Angie in Texas
Angie in Texas was born in Seoul but raised in San Antonio. She left for a few years, but came back for the barbeque and beer. She is the divorced/single mother to 2 Korean-Caucasian kids: AM (girl) and JC (boy), who are her heart and soul, respectively. She enjoys cooking all kinds of food, eating a variety of ethnic cuisines, reading about new trends in food, wonders what foods go best with red wine and enjoys the occasional single-malt scotch with and without kimchi. She is a closet sports fan and griller but doesn't have the attention span to really... oOo! something shiny!!! With a serious Master's of Arts in Intercultural Communication, she still finds the irony in her inability to fluently speak Korean.
Angie in Texas blogs about life's ups and downs and a little bit of all-around at her personal blog, Barbed and Wired.
Eliaday is a currently single mother working full-time outside the home at a university in Boston. A third generation Chinese American, she grew up in Massachusetts and after spending time in California has discovered that she is an east coast girl at heart. She digs sunny afternoons at the park, books by bell hooks, and the night. Her daughter, Tae, born in the year of the monkey, is half Chinese, half Korean.
Eliaday also blogs at her personal blog, Bloogs Blowing By and at Boston Progress Radio.
Glennia is a mom, attorney, and writer from Northern California. She is half Korean and half Caucasian, and grew up being one of the few minority families in a small town in the Midwest. She writes a personal blog called The Silent I, which chronicles her family's adventures, both foreign and domestic. Glennia, her husband, and son have traveled to over 25 countries together, and were once featured in a Newsweek article on world-traveling families. She gets her political groove on as Managing Editor and Co-Founder of MOMocrats, and is a contributor to the Silicon Valley Moms Blog. Her writing has appeared in KoreAm Journal and various blogs. She has been a guest on the Career Mom Radio, Motherhood Uncensored, and MOMocrats podcasts and was a speaker at the BlogHer 2008 Conference.
Jae Ran is a S. Korea-born/American raised, mother of 2; a late-bloomer, social worker, teacher, writer, graduate student, self-described outdoor cat and all-around truth-seeker.
Jae Ran also blogs at her personal blog, Harlow's Monkey.
Jomama was born in South Korea, and adopted by an American family at age 6. Having forgotten all her Korean language, she went back to Yonsei Korean Language Institute to relearn it the hard way--by studying! Married, and parenting 2 fine hapa-Korean boys, she is disappointed to be the only one in the house who likes kimchi. She likes to eat Korean food more than cook it, would rather read than clean, and much prefers knitting and other fiber arts above the rest.
You can read about her family's antics and how busy she is at her personal blog: Seeking My Life
Jooliyah wishes she was writing to you from her home town, Honolulu, but currently her she and her beloved mac are located in Daegu, South Korea. She is married to a military psychologist (Captain J) and Ummah to energetic Jun and sweet Gracie. She's a second generation KA who appears to have fulfilled her Korean parents ultimate wishes by finishing law school and becoming an attorney. But please don't hold it against her because she's never worked as one yet. She is currently a stay at home mom and when she returns to the work force someday, hopes to be the kind of attorney that might actually HELP people, which is not the kind of attorney Korean parents have in mind when they send their kids to law school. Her favorite ways to spend the two hours or so of personal time she gets after her babies are asleep for the night are to watch korean dramas, blog, eat ice cream and and attempt to make pretty things with a needle and thread.
Jooliyah also blogs at her personal blog, Konglish Kids.
Julie Kang was born in Seoul and quickly traded her Korean language skills for a Valley Girl accent when her family settled in southern CA when she was 6 years old. Often described as "too big for the room," Julie embarrasses her umma daily with her unconventional humor and potty mouth. Julie is a database programmer who works from home. She is married to Tim, mother to Isaac and Emi, and they all live in Long Beach, CA in a 50's neighborhood straight out of "The Brady Bunch."
Julie also blogs at her personal blog, Geisha School Dropout.
Linda lives in the Seattle area and has been lightly blogging for the last few years. Until recently, she worked outside of the home while her very Korean mother-in-law provided (free!) childcare, as well as the permanent smell of kimchi in their house. In April, she and her husband made the huge decision for her to quit her job, stay home with their (then) 2 children and send MIL back to Korea. At the time, she was 5 months pregnant and didn't have health insurance for one month. Now child #3 is nearly 6 weeks old and she is missing the days when she could fit into her old clothes, receive a paycheck and go to the bathroom with the door closed. She speaks with her own Korean mother daily and once in a while, will have a conversation with her Korea father consisting mostly of grunts (him) and badly spoken Korean (her).
She writes about very random things on her personal blog, Keepin It Real, while trying to keep it real herself. Easier said than done when she has a 4 year old demanding to wear princess garb everyday, a 2 yr old creating Crayola Van Goghs on the walls of their new home and a 6 week old pooping every 5 minutes.
Linda is addicted to coffee, books and sleeping. She strongly dislikes princess garb, crayons and poop.
Mama Nabi was born in Korea and still holds her Korean passport/citizenship dear. She grew up in an American International Christian boarding school in India and came to the U.S. for college. She started blogging when she became a Kimchi Mama to her beautiful hapa daughter, Little Nabi, in 2005. She currently resides in Minnesota, juggling a life of single, divorced, working mom and looking for ways to expose her daughter to as much Kimchi-infused childhood as it’s possible in MN.
Mama Nabi also blogs at her personal blog, Mama Nabi's Hwe.
Mary lives in the Bay Area with her two kimchi boys and kimchi husband. Born in Korea, she immigrated to the states when she was 10, effectively skipping the 5th grade. She loves every kind of kimchi-related food: kimchi chigae, kimchi fried rice, kimchi jun, kimchi mandu, mul kimchi, kimchi gimbap, etc. Mary also loves hot sauce, especially go chu jang (Korean red pepper paste), Tabasco, and Sriracha. She works full time for a healthcare company. On the creative front, in addition to blogging, she makes and sells jewelry to support Compassion International.
Mary's personal blog can be found at Small Difference. She tweets @so_yun.
Nancy, born in Korea is mom to her wonderful hapa son and a lover of all things pedagogical. She grew up in Danville, California where she was one of only two Asian girls at her high school, and now lives in San Francisco. She blogs at her own educational blog (www.teachthemhowtofish.com). She was an English Lit undergrad, received her MA in Education, and currently writes children’s books, the first of which is nearing the stage of printing. Nancy enjoys writing, drawing, running, attending concerts, walking along the ocean beach, and having in-depth conversations with her friends and loved ones, especially her son.
Nina Moon is a second generation hapa mama to her two sons and one of the founding editors of Kimchi Mamas.
Rikki, Rikki, Rikki. Awkward by all counts, a lovely, graceful Korean-American girl constantly wondering why people keep moving walls in front of her to run into. Born in Seoul and transported to the States as a wee tot; she is currently a lowly government peon & late-blooming college student in Anchorage (but soon to be Wasilla), Alaska. She shares a beautiful, albeit slightly chilly, life with her urban farmer hubby (Yobo) and their daughter, the Moose. The birth of the Moose in 2011 got Rikki thinking that maybe she should finally start desperately seeking her inner Korean – someone’s got to help the little Moose navigate the waters of her...ever-loving halmoni. In a winding effort to remember the little things & leave messages for her pops, she also (occasionally) writes on her blog, Optimistic Slacker.
Robin is a full time doctoral student specializing in mental health policy and part owner of Tansy Dolls, a company that prides itself on making Eco-friendly dolls that celebrate the diversity and beauty of children. She lives in the beautiful Pacific NW with her Southern born and raised husband and their brilliant and creative daughter Aria Jae.
When she is not busy studying and researching how the U.S. can improve the delivery of mental health services, she can be found acting as a mediator between her daughter and an assortment of imaginary friends, who seem to generate more drama than the best daytime television show.
She also blogs at Tansy
Dolls every Friday.
"All I ever wanted was an ordinary life."
So says the protagonist Eleanore from The Slaves of NY. An ordinary life is nothing to scoff at. Especially when you spent your early years growing up in Flushing, NY surrounded by Asians, high rises, and all things immigrant, where you dreamed of living the life of a Judy Blume character who flees to the suburbs to swim in a real outdoor pool and roller skate in a roller rink. Only to discover upon moving to the suburbs of Houston to find yourself surrounded by blonds and brunettes and very few of your own kind - albeit in a neighborhood with a pool and a roller rink - and you start to pepper your speech with y'all and don a poofy perm. Only then do you realize how elusive this ordinariness can be.
Shinyung seeks happiness in the ordinariness that is her rascal husband, her devilish toddler son, and an angelic baby daughter. Her most fulfilling moments are lived in an embrace with her little ones, with her nose buried in a book, or behind enormous bowls of slurpy Vietnamese noodles. She currently lives in San Diego.
She also blogs at Capricious Bubbles.
Stefania Pomponi Butler aka CityMama is proud mother to "Bunny" and "Wallie" and wife to "J."
Stefania Pomponi Butler is a professional blogger/writer/editor/producer who covers parenting, politics, food, pop culture, and green issues with a cheeky twist.
In addition to writing her personal blog, the popular, long-running parenting blog CityMama, Stefania is one of the Founding Editors of Kimchi Mamas (her culture and identity site) and MOMocrats.com (a progressive political blog). She spoke at BlogHer 07 on the subject of professional blogging and at Blogher Business 08 on pitching to bloggers of color.
As a freelancer, Stefania has published articles in the November 2007 and July 2008 issues of Good Housekeeping and the July 2008 issue of Redbook. Stefania also runs a successful freelance blog consulting business.
CityMama, with over 3,000 RSS subscribers, is a Bloglines Parenting "QuickPick," and MOMocrats was one of the few political blogs to get a coveted credential to cover the DNC.
In addition to the publications above, Stefania's work has appeared in various parenting magazines, in The New York Times, KoreAm Journal (twice), and on Pacific Time on NPR.
Stefania was born in Honolulu, HI and has lived in Rome, Italy; Atherton, CA; Menlo Park, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Belmont, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Portland, OR. She currently resides in the heart of Silicon Valley where she blogs from the comfort of her bedroom/office.
Twizzle, who is half-Korean and half-Caucasian, started blogging in 2004 as a way to keep her close friends informed about her pregnancy. What started out as a personal journal intended for about five people turned into a baby/new parent blog that was, at its heyday, quoted on Slate magazine, resulting in an appearance on Oprah.
Upon joining Kimchi Mamas, Twizzle discovered that she had a lot to say about growing up hapa in a predominantly white town in Southern California, and how the birth of her daughter in 2004 inspired her to explore more deeply what it is to be Korean-American.
Twizzle has a career in fundraising for higher education and lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, daughter, and Alaskan husky. When she is not otherwise preoccupied, she enjoys reading, cooking for family and friends, playing bluegrass music, and bicycling.
Weigook Saram did not know what she was getting into when she married a Korean-American man, but she has learned a lot about Korean culture by trial and error, mostly error. The birth of her daughter four years ago caused her to start thinking more about race, culture and identity, and she started blogging soon afterward.
Weigook Saram also blogs at her personal blog, Kitchen Fire.