Rok 'n Roll Radio

A Korean Aussie adoptee goes back home for the first time. Hilarity ensues?


I’m Ellie.

I’m a Korean adoptee based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and I was born Kim Joo Hye. I was adopted when I was 4 months old.

In 2012, I visited Korea for the first time since I was born with Korean-based adoptee organisation G.O.A.L as part of the First Trip Home program.

I started this blog to talk about my trip, family search and reunion.

Long story short? I unexpectedly found my birth family and four wonderful sisters I didn’t know I had. You can read the whole adventure here.

I’m back in Australia now, but I’ve kept this blog to continue talking about adoption, Korean culture, and my relationship with my birth family.

Why the cheesy name? 

  1. Republic Of Korea.
  2. I work in radio.
  3. The Ramones are one of my favourite bands and Do you Remember Rock ‘n Roll Radio? is a most excellent song.


5 comments on “About

  1. JenniferS
    August 27, 2013

    great to read your blog ellie, thanks for putting your thoughts out there . . . really appreciate it. am looking forward to hearing more 🙂 PS all the very best for your trip to korea

  2. Rebecca Gibson
    September 13, 2013

    You are an amazing writer – thank you so much for sharing this story!

  3. a
    February 5, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your story. You’re a great writer. I found your story compelling and very touching.

    As an Asian Australian, although not an adoptee, I found I could certainly relate to some of your blog posts about life in Australia. There is a rather good collection of short stories in Alice Pung’s “Growing Up Asian in Australia” that you might be interested in.

    I’ve also recently got really into Korean culture too. I’d be interested to see you write about Korean dramas if that’s something you watch.

    Please keep up this blog. It’s great to have an introduction to Korean culture from an Australian perspective.

    • Ellie
      April 16, 2014

      Sorry for the late reply, I must have missed this comment. Thank you for the kind message! I am reading a bit of Growing up Asian in Australia at the moment actually. It’s a bit of a strange read for me because so much of the writing is about family, but I’m enjoying it anyway. I don’t really watch K-dramas but I do like Korean comedy, so maybe I’ll write about that next.

  4. coreanglish
    April 29, 2014

    Thank you for your website!

    I recommand a book written by Grace Cho; Haunting the Korean Diaspora.

    Also recommand my favorite Kmovie; An Eraser in my Head…youtube? has English subtitled Kdrama; Reply1997, Reply1994, Queen’s Classroom, Secret Garden.

    Watching Kdrama-Kmovies helped console my heart…it is healing somehow…

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