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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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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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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