A connoisseur of e-vapors and craft beer, Kristian characterizes himself to be semi-philosophical, semi-Darwinist and jack of all trades, master of none. He works as a product specialist in a small email marketing software company and loves to ride his electric unicycle around Copenhagen.
I have always been an outsider. I have always known I was different and the usual defense, like for many others, was to become even more different and try to remove the focus from ethnicity (e.g. by wearing funny hats, strange clothes or by being the class clown). When my son was born it was the first time I saw my biological family. It’s hard to describe how that feels to someone who always had parents or siblings they could mirror themselves with. That was the first time I didn’t feel alone. One thing I learned through hard times in life was to never victimize myself. Never try to blame anything on my looks or origin. Stop worrying about things I could not change. Until my kids were born I had no idea how much of me is genetic and how much is social or cultural, but as they grow older I can see myself in them.”
Kristian arrived as an orphan in Denmark when he was 1 year, 1 month and 1 week old. In 2001, he traveled to Korea and visited the orphanage where he was from.
I had a strange feeling of being home – at the orphanage and in Korea.”