Founder

HalfKorean.com was founded by David Lee Sanders in April 1997.

I figure instead of a straight forward bio, I’ll just post random things about myself that you may (or may not… haha) find interesting.

* My parents met when my father was stationed in Korea (Army). They got married and came back to Texas. At that point he left the military. So I didn’t do the whole “army brat” thing.

* My mother is Korean (obviously) and my father is a Caucasian mixture. There is some Native American on my father side (from what I’ve been told) but how much and what tribe exactly I don’t really know. That is something I hope to be able to figure out at some point (more precisely the mixture on my father’s side).

* I was born in October of 1977 at Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas.
Coincidentally, my father is a native Texan and his family primarily resides in Texas.

* I’ve lived in California, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area, practically my whole life. My family moved from Texas to California when I was around 1 year old.

* I’ve, unfortunately, only been to Korea twice. Once in the early 80s and the second time in the summer of 1999. I taught English at a hakwon (학원) for about a month and a half (in 1999).

* Although my middle name is Lee, it actually comes from my father’s side (not Korean). My mother’s family name is actually Kim (κΉ€).

* I have two younger brothers whom are 7 & 9 years younger than me.

* I’m happily married (since 2003) and have two young children (son born in 2004 and daughter in 2006).

* I graduated from San Jose State University (San Jose, CA) in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration/Management Information Systems (M.I.S.).

12 Comments

  1. Posted May 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I found your page very interesting. I am actually full Korean but my three boys are half Korean, a quarter White, and a quarter Mexican. Even though I am 100% Korean I am adopted and was raise by Norwegian parents. So, since I have this unique upbringing and since I am in a racially mixed marriage with children that are racially mixed, I am of course interested and intrigued by people who are “Half-Korean”. : ) I also live in the bay area (East Bay, Hayward), so I love that you are from this area as well. I didn’t realize how many mixed Koreans there were out there in professional sports and in the entertainment industry. Interesting and fun to see all your pictures here.

    Thanks!
    Tina Gonzalez

  2. Lily K.
    Posted July 23, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I truly appreciate you bringing awareness and openness to the biracial/Korean community! Although I am of European descent (Spain, England), I married a Korean man and we have 4 beautiful boys. The main purpose for my visit to the site was to gain a better understanding of what my boys may or will deal with etc….However, residing in California things are great and they have not had to deal with so much racial issues. Nonetheless, I think it is wonderful that I can show my 16 yr old this site and he can realize that there are others like him and need not feel alone. My boys and their Euro/Korean heritage make them that much better…..more beautiful souls πŸ™‚

  3. Posted July 26, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I found your web site quite by accident, and am very intrigued by the postings and links, especially as relates to the entry above, those who are “transracial” by adoption. I think there is a lot of interesting common ground here, and I invite you to take a look at our web site devoted to the issue from the link above. Best wishes to you in all of your endeavors.

  4. J
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m actually full Korean who grew up mostly in the US. I was incredibly pleased to find your site and read the interviews. I loved that there were people of mixed Korean ethnicity who still felt a connection to the Korean part, regardless of their exposure to Korean culture or level of acceptance by other Koreans. As a Korean-American who grew up in the US, I want others who are part Korean to know that there are many Koreans and Korean-Americans who support them and consider them as Koreans. I’ve met half-Koreans who actually in my opinion are more Korean than myself (in terms to language ability, knowledge, familiarity and love). I feel that when it comes to certain ethnicities such as Korean, if you do not fulfill certain criteria you are considered as “not enough” by others, Koreans and non-Koreans (i.e. other Americans), whereas if you were Irish or German nowadays it’s somehow more acceptable or understandable for you to claim to be Irish or Germanic in addition to being American. It is heartbreaking to read about the negative experiences of the some of the people which did not surprise me but still made me very sad to read. I want the readers to know that there are many Koreans and Korean-Americans who respect and love that they acknowledge and consider themselves Korean in addition to American, African-American, French, etc.

  5. Hapav
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    What happened to the meet ups in LA? Im half Korean living in ktown.

  6. Ryan
    Posted May 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    My kid has just turned 2, he is Half Korean(his Mother), Quarter Mexican, 7.5/64 native, and then Scottish/French/Russian/maybe Polish. He’s a huge mix. I love him so much for being all of what he is. When looking on the internet, I haven’t seen too many other half koreans mixed with native, white and Mexi. But he’s so beautiful and mixed kids are my fav! lol. I’m happy to know there are more like him.

  7. Jon S.
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    I’d like to Thank David and Frankie for introducing me to this site; Myslef being Korean/Black.

  8. Tiffany robinson
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I just happen to cross this web site and thought I would just wing it and put a bit of my story on here My dad Mitchell Robinson(who is black) has passed on now had a child with his girlfriend (who was Korean) back in the early 60’s, I have known of this my whole life and always wondered what he looks like and where he is. He told me he had another son in Korea, I was stunned I think I was about 8 but I was excited to tell people this news. I would have to dig in my dads military things to find the exact info about him..I think a buddy of my dad’s kept him informed about his child once he was out of the army. I have a few pics of the mom and all I know is her name is Pac she make a ring that says Pac and Mitch it was carved on it. I was born in 1970 I think he was born in 68 maybe, I will come back on the site to put more info on dates and other other stuff I find..thanks…

  9. Lisa
    Posted August 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    wow, tiffany, it would be really amazing to find your brother. keep in touch about this!

  10. Posted January 3, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I have 2 half sisters in North Korea I haven’t heard from. My Korean father served in the U.S. Army in WW1, USAFFE in WW2 prior to settling down in the Philippines with his Filipina wife. Could you take a peek at my book The North Korean (http://authonomy.com/books/31562/the-north-korean/) and possibly leave me a comment? Much obliged. Kenneth

  11. stella
    Posted June 29, 2015 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Im actually full blood native american from the Sioux tribe im also the 5th generation of Chief Sitting Bull, and my spouse is full Korean. We are having a baby thats due this august so our baby will be half korean half native american. I am very excited and can not wait. So i guess if there are those who are curious what the mix will look like our baby will maybe be the first?

    Thanks for your website

    Estelle Kills Right
    And yes Kills Right isnmy last name.

  12. Posted September 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi from Toronto Canada! I am Korean, Canadian born but still strongly identify with the Korean culture which I’ve experienced through See-All hahkyo, my parents and their friends, my Korean born sisters, and Korean United church and associations. I’ve always felt 50/50 Korean & “white/North American” identity even though I have no white ancestry (I know I paint the term very broadly). I’ve always been fascinated in the differences and commonalities of both cultures. In the end, we are all the same in terms of self respect and the importance of family and the pursuit of truth, freedom and passion, yet the nuances of how we interact and the social rules of engagement are highly tiered more so in Korean culture I personally feel. I have a biracial daughter who at age 5 sees it as an interesting point of fact and not a label the way adults can often do. She starts Korean class tomorrow through the public school board and generous volunteers which I am grateful for. This morning she looked at me and said, mom, how do you say nose in Korean, to which I replied “kho” and she said innocently, “that sounds funny…kho!” I’m so happy that she has an interest in the Korean language and that she enjoys tuk po gee, galbi, dubu, and a range of Korean traditional dishes. I hope that one day she will desire to go to Korea and I will join her for the fun and educational experience! It is an honor and joy to pass our collective heritage to our progeny. πŸ™‚ Eunah Hunter

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