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Attack of the Killer Male Vietnamese Adoptees, Part I: My Conversation With Jared Rehberg

This is the first of three conversations featuring male Vietnamese adoptees.  At the top of the lineup, Jared Rehberg.

As many know, Jared does not live in Minnesota.  He’s a good New Yorker.  However, he has strong MN connections, and he’s a friend to many who live or have lived in our state.  I’m happy to call him a good friend, looking forward to his new music which should be coming out soon (take a look at his older stuff available on iTunes), and hoping that we can galavant around the St. Anthony Main area of Minneapolis until the wee hours of the morning again.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: Jared, how is your music connected to Minnesota?

Jared: I started my music performance at a Northfield, MN at a culture camp run by Caroline Ticarro-Parker, Catalyst Foundation.  I found my audience and fans.  After a few years, I was singing for new audiences at events across the country.  Catalyst Foundation will always have a special place in my heart.  My parents proudly donate to the organization every year.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: Nice!  You’re involved in a few other projects, too.  Could you talk about them?

Jared: I recently expanded my life work to film and leadership roles.  I was the Associate Producer on Tammy Nguyen Lee’s film Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam (note: the background music on the website is one of Jared’s ditties).  Our film tells the story of the babylift and shares the lost voices of the adoptees now in their 30’s and 40’s.  I was recently in Minneapolis for the Transracial Film Festival as an Associate Producer for the film.  It was an honor to share the weekend with so many other great filmmakers.

I’m currently an Adult Adoptee Coordinator for a Vietnamese Heritage Camp in Colorado.  I help produce a panel of adult adoptees to offer stories and experiences to adoptive parents.  Pam Sweester is the engine behind this train.  They have camps for many other ethnic groups.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: You’re really prolific on FB.  I see you posting stuff all of the time and promoting stuff from adoptees living in MN.  What do you think about us MN adoptees?

Jared: I think 50% of the Korean adoptees I know in NYC are from Minnesota.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees: What??!!  Seriously, are we crazy or just really good looking?

Jared: Mostly good looking and some of them crazy with passion for their community. The life work and dedication through the arts and academia is truly amazing.  So many people have opinions and want to give back or fight for what they believe.  It takes a focused individual or individuals to see a project from beginning to end.  It takes time and sacrifice to carry a message for a community.  I share their work with respect and admiration.

Land of Gazillion Adoptees:  Awesome…  What do you think about coming to MN this winter to go ice fishing with me on Lake Nokomis?

Jared: Yeah, sure, I’ll meet you there 😉

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