2016 IKAA Gathering Gala Dinner

  • August 11, 2016
2016 IKAA Gathering Gala Dinner

#TBT Traditional Korean fan dance @ 2016 IKAA Gathering Gala Dinner/Closing Ceremonies. So moving to see beautiful traditions passed on from older generations, something we Americans have much less of. Newfound appreciation for a forgotten culture. 📸: Daniel Davis

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Olympic Stadium in Seoul and Representing Two Countries For the 2016 Summer Games in Rio

  • August 6, 2016
Olympic Stadium in Seoul and Representing Two Countries For the 2016 Summer Games in Rio

To celebrate the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics I visited the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, which hosted the 1988 Summer Games the year after I was born and placed for adoption. A proud moment for Korea, it also uncovered some shame, as articles like "Babies for Sale — South Koreans Make Them, Americans Buy Them" made world headlines. The 80s were peak years for international adoption, with as many as 18,000 orphaned or abandoned children each year. The majority were placed overseas, and 70% to the United States. Now nearly 30 years later and on the eve of the 2018 Winter Games in Korea,...

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Visit with Holt International to Review Adoption File and Search for Birth Family

  • August 5, 2016
Visit with Holt International to Review Adoption File and Search for Birth Family

Yesterday I visited my adoption agency, Holt Children's Services, to go through my case file and visit the clinic where my foster mother would take me in for monthly checkups before I flew to the United States. The nurse that looked after me was still working there! Going through your file with the adoption agency is a powerful, emotional, and sometimes frustrating experience for adoptees due to the privacy laws protecting birthparents' identities. Generally an adoptee is able to know the address of their birthplace, so they can visit where they first came into the world. My file says I was born...

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President of South Korea Park Geun-hye speaks to international adoptees at IKAA The Gathering Conference

  • August 2, 2016

President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday said her government will strive harder to support overseas South Korean adoptees through an array of programs, including those to help them better understand the language and culture of their motherland. In her video message to the 2016 International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) Gathering in Seoul, Park also called on the adoptees to play a "bridging" role in connecting South Korea to the rest of the world. "(The Seoul government) will provide the overseas adoptees with opportunities to visit their motherland, study the Korean language and experience...

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The Seouljourn Begins!

  • July 27, 2016
The Seouljourn Begins!

The crowdfunding campaign has ended, and the journey begins—first times only happen once. 📸: Daniel Davis

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