I was born Oh Jee Eun, in South Korea. I have no recollection of the country that birthed me. I was adopted at five months old; flown to New York and raised in America by an engineer and a school teacher. The only information I have fits on a few pieces of paper that accompanied me on my journey to my new home. These papers tell me that my biological parents worked and met in a market and that I was the result of a brief liaison. I was put up for adoption due to a stigma involving unwed single mothers.
- By kerick023 months 2 weeks ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
I’ve always known I looked different from my adopted parents. From my eye shape to my black hair, I looked different from everyone else until I met my best friend in 1st grade at a local private school. We met in a small rural town of 2800 people. When our adopted mothers met, they discovered we were born on the same day in South Korea, at the same hospital, by the same doctor.
- By kerick023 months 2 weeks ago0 comments
Jeon Hyun-sook, Director of TheRUTH Table, visited G.O.A.’L. yesterday. TheRUTH Table is a birth mother support group who want to know more about overseas adoptees.
TheRUTH Table says they will support the continued development of G.O.A.’L.
- By kerick023 months 2 weeks ago0 commentsLiving in Korea
The following is a write-up based on my May 21 – June 5 experience in Korean quarantine. The Coronavirus situation in Korea is still very fluid. Korea’s policy could change at any moment depending on how infections progress or how public sentiment (towards incoming international travel) shifts. But even if policy doesn’t change, your experience will likely differ from mine somehow.
- By kerick023 months 3 weeks ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
Ahn Bong Hee, was the name given to me when I arrived at the Star of the Sea Children’s Home in Incheon, S. Korea in 1962. I recently discovered that my English name was Serena while I was at the orphanage. If my adoption paperwork is accurate, I spent some time with my birth Mom (and maybe Dad) being cared for and loved. Something tragic or a very difficult situation occurred which led a local female civil officer to leave me at the orphanage.
- By kerick024 months 2 weeks ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
I wanted to go on the tour the summer after I graduated from college, but the timing wasn’t right. When the time came to sign up for the 2019 summer tour, my mom and I decided that it was a great time to go. My mom had always talked about going back to Korea with me one day and it was surreal that the time had come.
- By kerick025 months 6 days ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
There were times I hated being Korean because of these racial taunts. I know that while some adoptees have had issues with the mental aspect of being given up, I look at it as all a part of God's wonderful plan for my life. I was chosen by wonderful parents, and it could be love as a motivating factor for wanting us to have a better life, by my bio mother. I was raised in a Christian household, so a relationship with God helped me out a lot.