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After Biking Around the World, This Family Chooses Adventure

Everyone deserves to see the beauty of the outdoors. And this Minnesota family embraces that lifestyle no matter the season.

By Ryan Stopera

Kiri Langseth-Schmidt, who was born in South Korea, grew up exploring nature with her white adoptive family in northern Minnesota. Her husband, Dan Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Together, they have created a life full of outdoor adventure. After biking around the world for their honeymoon, they now live in Minneapolis, where they are raising their toddler son, Kai, to love the outdoors.

Ryan Stopera is a photographer, filmmaker, producer and educator based in Minneapolis. He has worked with community organizations for over 15 years, including with individuals experiencing homelessness, children and families, and foster care youth, as well as in program development and affordable housing development. He's the recipient of the 2018 Artist Neighborhood Partnership with CURA at the University of Minnesota, the 2019 MN State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant, and he was a 2020 Creative Community Fellow with National Art Strategies. He is also the Co-Director of Free Truth Media, with Adja Gildersleve. Ryan is motivated by sharing stories of our truth and our vision of the future in order to build a more just and equitable world today.

This story was originally published on iPondr, a site dedicated to sharing multimedia stories that can help Build a Kinder America.

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