Posts Tagged "Korea"

Homecoming

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Homecoming

Homecoming

My latest essay for KoreanAmericanStory, “Homecoming,” is an account of our June trip to Korea and a retrospective of our family’s life there:  Community health outreach, Koje Island, 1970s (Dad in center in cap) “Kojedo in the late 1960s – especially the northern township of Ha-chung which issued the invitation to the Project to use it as a demonstration site – was one of the poorest areas of South Korea, a place of fierce beauty and physical challenge. When we arrived in 1969 at the Project site (a 7-acre peninsula), there were no paved roads, no...

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The INNERview

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on The INNERview

The INNERview

During my June trip to Korea, I was invited to be the subject of “The INNERview” on Arirang TV. The hour-long program, #71, aired the week of July 8.  It can be viewed on YouTube here. Arirang TV (livestream here) broadcasts 24/7 news, culture and all things Korean, in English, for overseas Koreans and the English language community in South Korea. The INNERview includes a wide range of interesting subjects – Koreans, Korean Americans, and a few foreigners like me who’ve made deep connections with Korea. Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures of the taping: Kim Cha Ryung...

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Teaching Korean Students

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Comics & Graphic Novels, Events & Presentations , For Educators, Korean Books & Culture | Comments Off on Teaching Korean Students

Teaching Korean Students

My most recent trip to Korea gave me an opportunity I’d never had before: I was invited to present one of my books to two different groups of Korean children – in Korean! The first group was a class of 6th graders from Daejeon on an overnight retreat near Sejong City, run by the Humanity Recovery Movement Council (Huremo) a nonprofit focusing on personal development through the use of journals – called “love diaries” – to “help children think and plan for themselves and make their dreams come true.” I talked about my own childhood dream of...

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Rant

Posted by on May 17, 2010 in Family & Friends, Korean Books & Culture, Race & Culture, Transracial Adoption | 1 comment

Rant

At the website, Love Isn’t Enough, there’s a post entitled “Race Is Not an Issue for the Young?”, in response to a CNN news story discussing transracial adoption and the public reaction to Sandra Bullock’s adoption of an African-American baby. The commentator at one point observes that transracial adoptees may experience confusion as children but grow up to say, “Thank goodness someone saved me!”, and the white psychologist being interviewed made statements that “adoption is colorblind,” “I think race should really only be examined...

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Connecting the Dots

Posted by on Mar 10, 2010 in Korean Books & Culture, Race & Culture | 1 comment

Connecting the Dots

In 1960, our family moved to South Korea, a country struggling to recover from a war that had devastated and divided the peninsula just seven years before. Every time I walked the city streets or went to the market, I saw children my age, dressed in rags, begging. Some families, refugees from the north, were still living in mountain caves on the outskirts of the city. Nearly everyone I met had less than our family did. (Over the next twenty years, we witnessed South Korea’s rise, like a phoenix from the ashes of war, to become one of the world’s economic superpowers, but...

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