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August 16, 2007


Your post is so thought-provoking, and it made me feel like i have to shower. How unfortunate that at a conference like the gathering, you had to endure these "forgive and forget" speeches. Was there any talk about how the problem still exhists and what they plan on doing about it? I'm curious: Did any other attendants recognize this put-a-band-aide-on-it mentality?

Very interesting to read not only what you experienced by what you came away from it with.

Over these past few years I have begun to have a sense of adoptees coming full circle. From writings such as yours, JT moving to Korea, etc.

Seems like so far still for you to go, though.

For my children's sake, thank you.

"I personally found it distasteful to hear him describe how impoverished he was as a child and then talk about how successful he became, because on the one hand he was trying to convey to us that poverty was the main driver for why Korea began sending us adoptees for overseas adoption - yet he himself suffered under the same poverty and wasn't sent away and still became a very successful and powerful government official."

Yes, but there are degrees of poverty and his parents may have been poor, but they chose to raise him in those circumstances. The Korean government did not have the means to take care of orphans, so they sent them away for overseas adoption. The fact that his parents raised him in poverty does not negate the fact that the Korean government did not have the means to take care of orphans at that time.

jstele, if you spent any time educating yourself about Korean adoption, you would know that the majority of the children sent for adoption and placed in orphanages were NOT orphans. Most of us had either one or both living parents; also most of us have or had extended family members.

Please do not come here to comment on things you do not know about. If you have questions or comments that further the discussion, they are welcome. Otherwise, if your intention is to be provocative and start arguments, find your own space to do that.

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