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.

Read more

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...

Read more

Lunch with Pastor Kim, Mrs. Kim & their beautiful family in Anseong

  • August 15, 2016
Lunch with Pastor Kim, Mrs. Kim & their beautiful family in Anseong

I was invited to have lunch with Pastor Kim, Mrs. Kim & their beautiful family at their church in Anseong yesterday. The Kims adopted 3 children domestically and also have 1 biological son. The congregation welcomed me with a song, and I spoke with the Kims about the blessings of adoption and some of the shared experiences and challenges that both international and domestic adoptees face. After sharing our musical talents, we ended in group prayer for orphans & adoptees in Korea and everywhere. I'm so very grateful for such a powerful experience and to have met such a caring and special...

Read more

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.

Read more

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

Read more

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,...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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

Read more

Last Skype call with the fam before leaving for Korea!

  • July 26, 2016
Last Skype call with the fam before leaving for Korea!

Special thanks to all who have supported & shared the project on the final day! igg.me/at/seouljourn Last video call w the fam before flying out of Austin in the A.M.—love & warm wishes all around 💚 Next stop LA for a crash course in Korean culture in Ktown then off to Seoul on Thursday!

Read more