The story of a girl

A friend just sent the link to this video - you must watch. I'm still processing all the questions it raised for me, about adoption (particularly Korean adoption,) race, American attitudes, and more. But mostly it's a testament to this young woman's resilience and courage - remarkable.


My son introduced me to the TED website last year. I've been watching it nonstop ever since. I get really excited when I see a new video in my reader, and I think it's one of the most important sites on the internet.

For a long time I had been wracking my brains trying to figure out if I could work an adoption angle into any of the videos, like some of the DNA ones, to post on my blog.

When I saw the word 'adoption' in a new video, I couldn't believe it, I almost posted it without watching the video.

In the end though, I couldn't. After watching it, I felt really emotional, and like you I'm still processing a lot of feelings that came up when I watched it. I thought I'd post it when I had time to write a cohesive post on my feelings about it (instead it appears I'm making a blog post in your comments, sheesh!) Anyway I think you can tell by the length of this it had a big effect on me. I still don't have the words though to write out just what that effect is.
Wow what a story! Thanks for posting it.
Akabah said…
Yes, very complex indeed. I'm so glad to have seen it. Obviously the most unsettling part of the story is the photographer convincing the uncle to allow his niece to be adopted. Its unclear how it actually occurred - what exactly made the uncle change his mind? more importantly, did the photographer have any right to undertake this task in the first place? what about the grandmother's will? Oh, so complicated. Much food for thought. Thanks so much for posting, Margie.
Anonymous said…
I saw this not too long ago - I know that many in the adoption community found the photographer's actions intrusive and unwarranted - I did not agree.

I have a question - for those who have been there - how racist is Korea? What would this girl's life have likely been, had she stayed? What about her mother's life (there seems to have been no consideration that she might live with her bio mother in Korea) - would having people know she had such a child have had a negative impact on her?

And when thinking about those questions, remember that these decisions were made in the Korea of thirty years ago. At least one poster on IAT has implied that life as a half-Asian person in Korea at that time was difficult in certain ways.

I know it is a very unpopular point of view, but I very much respected the photographer's attempt to honor his promise to the grandmother. And she must have had some reason for the request.

Though I don't understand why we don't hear from Eun Sook.

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