The Nation Exporting Babies

The most difficult thing about my adoptive parenting experience has been coming face to face with and accepting that, by adopting, I have participated in something that has done a great deal of harm to many people. From my initial joy and belief in the ethics of Korean adoption programs (which I describe here in an earlier post), I've come to realize that there has been far more unethical, even illegal, activity in the Korean adoption world than I would have ever believed.

My husband and I have been honored to be the parents of two incredible, beautiful children. They light up our home and our lives. Imagining life without them or them unhappy is unbearable. But there's a flip side. There is coercion in Korean adoption, coercion driven by financial gain. There is a societal disregard for the human rights of women, which leaves them no choice but to surrender their children to adoption, and who suffer the loss throughout their lives. And there are adopted people who mourn the loss of their first families, their homeland, their language, some never finding peace with themselves and their surroundings, some even to the point of self-destruction.

Today's post on Twice the Rice, the blog of a talented writer who happens to be a young adopted Korean woman, encouraged readers to watch The Nation Exporting Babies - Two Faces of Overseas Adoption, which was produced by the Korean news program ChooJeok 60 Boon (In-depth 60 Minutes).

I did. And I pass on the recommendation. Download the program, in Korean with English subtitles, here:

http://www.streamload.com/pilrye/EL/S7U7JPACWC/In_Depth_60_Minutes

Note 7-23-06: I tried this link today while posting updates, and it seems it has been taken down. I'm going to leave this up, though, because perhaps it was a fluke, also in case someone else knows where the program can be found.

Note 7/31/06: Another link is currently available on Jane Jeong Trenka's website:
http://www.languageofblood.com/kbs.mpeg

Comments

You are breaking my heart.
suz said…
The most difficult thing about my adoptive parenting experience has been coming face to face with and accepting that, by adopting, I have participated in something that has done a great deal of harm to many people.

See, but Margie, this is one of the many things I love about you. You acknowledge this. You embrace it. You do want you can to minimize it.

Adoption is not by any means all wine and roses. There are some very very very sick, insidious, disturbing aspects of it. Those that see that, inspire me. Mabye someday, we will see real change.

I also dont think you, or anyone else that adopted for that matter, intentionally did harm to anyone. Media, society, likes to paint the picture that adoption is wonderful for all concerned.

It is not.
Mama Nabi said…
I could only watch half of it because I was crying sooo much...
I ditto Suz above regarding that statement. And I am glad that your children have you in their lives...

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