Growing up as an adoptee is an experience to say the least. You know you're different. You look at a family photo and the only Asian faces you see are yours, a sibling’s perhaps, and that's generally it. It doesn't mean it was hard, but it doesn't mean it was easy. Everything you do is judged by others who in turn use this to determine how to "define" you. You'll either go with the flow or be hardened by it to a degree, but you'll definitely be stronger than most around you for it.
- By kerick021 month 4 weeks ago0 commentsLiving in Korea
G.O.A.’L. offers a step-by-step guide to all the documents you need when applying for your F-4 visa. However, some recent updates have been made to obtaining the F-4 visa. One of the biggest changes is the requirement of an apostilled* criminal background check (CRC), which must be completed in your adoptive country. Getting a criminal background check (CRC) can seem like a daunting task with many steps and forms to fill out.
- By kerick022 months 1 day ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
Je ne peux pas me plaindre, j'ai été adopté par des parents aimants qui m'ont tenu la main et me tiennent encore la main. J'ai eu une très belle enfance et adolescence dans une petite ville belge, Binche, qui se trouve dans la province du Hainaut en Belgique.
I can't complain, I was adopted by loving parents who held my hand and still hold my hand. I had a very good childhood and adolescence in a small Belgian town, Binche, which is located in the province of Hainaut in Belgium.
- By kerick022 months 1 week ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
My first visit was in 2010 for a summer study abroad program. The trip started for me when I got on the plane. I had never been around or seen so many Korean people before in my life. I felt very intimidated and scared of what they thought of me.
- By kerick022 months 3 weeks ago0 commentsAdoptee Stories
It took me 24 years to meet another Korean adoptee (who wasn’t my brother) and for me, it was somewhat of a turning point for my adoptee identity. While I was able to talk about feelings and experiences I had never really been able to share with others, I also began to question my own identity as an adoptee.
- By f4visa8 months 1 week ago0 commentsHot topics
“Subtle Asian Traits” is a Facebook group made up of over 1.4 million members. The group was originally created by a group of Asian high school and university students living in Australia who started sharing memes (funny images) about their experiences growing up in Asian-immigrant households. The topics range from the culture-clashes associated with being Asian in a foreign country, disputes with parents, and a shared love of K-BBQ and bubble tea.
- By f4visa9 months 2 weeks ago0 comments
Arissa Oh is a professor at Boston College whose study is concentrated in immigration, race, gender, the role of family in U.S. history, and transnational Asian-American history. Her book TO SAVE THE CHILDREN OF KOREA: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption was published in 2015 in the United States.
- By f4visa10 months 1 week ago0 commentsLiving in Korea
During a first visit to Korea, there are so many things to see and plan and visit that it can get a little bit overwhelming. There are dozens of blog posts and YouTube videos about first experiences traveling in Korea, with many of them giving helpful tips on how to maneuver through different cultural differences.