2016 IKAA Gathering Opening Night — Adoptee Togetherness

  • October 13, 2016
2016 IKAA Gathering Opening Night — Adoptee Togetherness

One of the most powerful moments of my first trip back to Korea was standing with hundreds of fellow adoptees on the first night of the 2016 IKAA Gathering. Incredible people of different ages, from different parts of the world, with unique gifts and experiences, sharing the same welcome in our shared homeland.

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One Month Since Returning From Korea – Update

  • September 19, 2016
One Month Since Returning From Korea – Update

Today marks 1 month since returning from my first journey back to the homeland. I’ve been in relative hiding the last few weeks reflecting over the experience and planning post-production on Seouljourn—I think about Korea every day. Over the next few weeks I’ll be regularly posting some of the photos and video footage from the trip, as well as updates on finishing the film project. A recap video is coming soon, and the rewards for contributing to the crowdfund have also started going out, so be on the lookout. Want to know more about the project or chat about my time in Korea? I’d...

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I’ve got Seoul, but I’m not a soldier 🇰🇷🌞💙

  • August 13, 2016
I’ve got Seoul, but I’m not a soldier 🇰🇷🌞💙

I've got Seoul, but I'm not a soldier 🇰🇷🌞💙 Straddling the demarcation line across a KPA soldier between North & South Korea on our tour of the DMZ. This is the table where the two countries hold negotiations & where they signed the armistice agreement. A North Korean defector spoke to adoptees about being separated from family & stressed that reunification is inevitable.

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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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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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Update: Final Stretch — Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Ends Tomorrow Night!

  • July 25, 2016
Update: Final Stretch — Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Ends Tomorrow Night!

Update: Final Stretch — Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Ends Tomorrow Night! Flights are booked. Rooms reserved. Meetings scheduled. Bags (almost) packed. And on Saturday, I arrive in Korea and the Seouljourn begins. The past week has been a whirlwind of emotions and surprises leading up to our departure. From receiving news about my birthfather to surprise gifts and send-off celebrations, I'm ready to make my way back to Korea and see where my roots take me. Think you can find just ONE more contribution for this project by sharing this project with a friend? igg.me/at/seouljourn Every...

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WEEKEND UPDATE – 35% of the way there!

  • July 17, 2016
WEEKEND UPDATE – 35% of the way there!

WEEKEND UPDATE - 35% of the way there! When I first thought about sharing my story and returning to Korea, I was full of doubt: - What if you’re not ready for this? - What if you can’t find your birth family? - What if they don’t want to be found? - What if you’re not embraced by your fellow Koreans or even other adoptees? - What if no one cares about what adoptees face when returning to their birth country? If I’ve learned anything one thing so far, it’s this — Don’t let the fear of what COULD happen keep you from seeing what things WILL happen. Since launching...

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DAY 2 UPDATE: 31% funded and made the Indiegogo homepage!

  • July 13, 2016
DAY 2 UPDATE: 31% funded and made the Indiegogo homepage!

DAY 2 UPDATE: 31% funded and made the Indiegogo homepage! igg.me/at/seouljourn Truly blessed to hear from family, friends, fellow adoptees, and many others in support of this journey—and this is just the beginning. To spice things up and keep the momentum going, we’ll be adding some fun new one-of-a-kind incentives and sharing some of our Korea itinerary! Like our FB page or show us some love on the project page and stay tuned :)  

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