‘Blue Bayou’ director Justin Chon responds to accusations he appropriated Korean adoptee Adam Crapser’s story
Director, actor and writer Justin Chon is facing accusations from Korean adoptees and an adoptee advocacy group that claim he appropriated Korean adoptee Adam Crapser’s story.
Crapser’s statement: On Sept. 17, Chon’s film “Blue Bayou” hit theaters across the country after it received a glowing reception from Asian stars who attended its premiere a few days prior.
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It all started with a fire, or at least that’s what I’ve been told from the people around me. The scars on my body remind me of it every day. I don’t really remember much from the accident. I can’t even recall the pain because I was only around 1 year old when it happened. Nobody knows exactly how I was burned but the theory is that there was an accident and my family may have not been able to pay for the bills so they had to make the difficult decision of giving me up to save my life, knowing they may never see me again. This is the theory, and we don’t know for sure.
Asian-American adoptees are, unfortunately, used to ignorant questions. “Where are you from?” or “Who are your real parents?” are constant queries that these people hear, from adoption to adulthood, and it can be a depressing, “othering” experience.
One mother and photographer, Kim Kelley-Wagner, decided to use her creativity to showcase the pain her daughters go through with each and every question asked through a unique photo series.
An Arizona father and daughter disembarked from their flight home after visiting grandparents in Florida, only to be met by police officers who wrongfully accused the man of human trafficking.
According to ABC, Brian Smith and his 16-year-old adoptive Chinese daughter, Georgianna, were flying from Florida to Arizona after visiting relatives. They had an uneventful flight home; so when they were greeted by police officers after getting off the plane, they were shocked.
Christian. Rapper. Woman. Mother. Korean-American. Adoptee.
HeeSun Lee is no stranger to stereotypes; instead of letting them defeat her, however, she’s risen above them, dismantling them one by one through her music.
Officials in Texas believe they have recovered the body of Sherin Mathews, the three-year-old girl who went missing after her father made her stand alone in an alley at 3 a.m. as punishment for refusing to drink her milk.
According to the Washington Post, officers found the body of a young child in a culvert near Spring Valley and Bowser roads, located approximately one mile from the Mathews’ home.
“My mom and I have always kind of disagreed about politics,” Rebecca told Business Insider in an interview, perhaps unintentionally downplaying the issues that she and her adoptive mother, Mary, have experienced.
Graham Flanagan, a journalist for the Business Insider, posted on his Facebook page one day asking for people to come forward with their stories of any familial fallout as a result of the 2016 presidential election. Flanagan said that one story in particular stood out to him, and that was Rebecca’s, a South Korean adoptee and fellow University of Alabama graduate. She and her mother had stopped speaking to each other due to differences in political opinions, as Rebecca did not seem to be able to reconcile her mother’s support of Trump with her own background as a non-White immigrant.
Five years after being deported back to Korea, a Korean-American adoptee was found to have apparently jumped to his death from an apartment building in Ilsan, in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.