From Paula: Twenty-Three Things This Korean-Adoptee Thought About as a Child. Think about this statement ...That my mind understood why my Korean mother had to give me up, but that my heart didn't.... and read the entire post for more of Paula's direct, yet gentle, mind-expanding wisdom.
From Mei-Ling: Amending the Past. Mei-Ling has the ability to explain the incredibly emotional adoption experience logically, as this excerpt shows:
I saw white teachers, white peers, white friends, white neighbours, white extended family… you name a social group, and I can guarantee you it consisted of all white people. Therefore… I wanted to be white. And so, I rejected my heritage, my birth culture, and the language. This is emphasizing the consequence of impact, which is the result of intent.
Local Korean adoptee reunited with birth mother after 37 years
The search for his birth mother took a Minnesota man more than 6,000 miles away from home to Korea, where he was given up for adoption 37 years ago.
More, including a video of the reunion, here.
Kim Sunee, author of Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home, is scheduled to appear as a judge on Iron Chef America on February 15th. Check your local listings for details. Many thanks to Gang-Shik for the heads up.
A couple of fun facts:
Woman to appear on South Korean banknote for 1st time: Shin Saim-dang, a well-known artist who died in 1551, will appear on the new ₩50,000 note. This new note replaces the ₩100,000, which will no longer be issued.
South Korea has nearly as many cell phones as people: 93% of South Koreans own cell phones - I think the figure is something over 82% in the U.S.
Finally, for DC-area folks:
The Sunday Washington Post magazine features an article about one of my favorite Korean restaurants: Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean Grill. Definitely not for the faint of heart ("Sound Check: 80 decibels - Extremely loud"), but worth every minute of the wait (which on the weekends can be really long) and noise. Just set aside the entire evening, bring earplugs and dig in.